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What Businesses Require Next to Nothing to Start Up?

Bear a small cost, fetch some outsized profits.

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Anyone who’s ever launched a business knows this for a fact: There are a lot of hurdles to clear. None might be bigger than that thing called startup capital.

Before you can even think about how many people to hire or which distribution channels to utilize, you have to dig into your pockets and see what you can pull out. Unless you have some serious moolah in your hand (and not just a bunch of lint), you’ll have to forget about your startup.

Okay, let’s run that back. Maybe there is some hope after all.

The innovations of the 21st century (heck, even the pandemic!) have led to a proliferation of businesses that can get off the ground for a measly cost. Actually, forget a literal ground: Some of these businesses don’t even need a traditional office space. This means, of course, that overhead expenses won’t be skyrocketing any time soon.

With these businesses, low startup costs can turn into ample profits. What a time to be alive!

To find out which businesses require next to nothing to start up, check out the list below.

Accounting
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Acting Classes
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Affiliate Marketing
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Affiliate Marketing on Amazon
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Airbnb
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Airport Transfer Service
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Alteration Service
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Antique Refurbishing
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App Development
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Aquarium Business
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Art Consultancy
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Association Management Service
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Audio Transcription
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Baby-Proofing Service
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Babysitting
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Barbershop
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Blogging
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Board Game Business
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Boat Cleaning Service
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Boat Rental
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Bonsai Tree Business
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Book Publishing Company
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Bookkeeping
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Bookshop
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Bouquet and Greeting Card Business
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Business Broker Service
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Business Consultancy
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Business Vlogging
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Candle Business
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Car Detailing Service
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Car Rental
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Car Wash
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Career Coaching
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Carpet Cleaning Service
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Catering
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Cell Phone Repair
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Cellphone Load Retail
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Charitable Business
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Chatbot Consultancy
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Children’s Indoor Play Area Business
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Christmas Lights Installation Service
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Clutter Consultancy
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Coaching Class
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Collectibles Business
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College Counseling
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Computer Repair
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Computer Training
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Consultancy
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Content Creation
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Contract Customer Support
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Cooking Classes
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Copywriting
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Counterfeit Goods Verification
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Craft Business
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Custom Embroidery
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Custom Gift Store
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Custom Illustration Business
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Custom Software Consultancy
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Dance Classes
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Data Analysis
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Data Entry
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Daycare
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Debt Collection
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Debt Reduction Service
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Delivery Services
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Development of Employee Training Programs
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Dietary Consultancy
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Digital Marketing Consultancy
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Digital Product Business
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Digital Real Estate Business
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DJ Services
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Dog Walking Business
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Domain Trading
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Doula Services
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Driving School
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Dropshipping
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E-book Publishing
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E-commerce business
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eBay Business
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E-book Selling
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Editing for College Admission Essays
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Eldercare Business
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Electrical Business
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Electronics Business
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Errand-Running Services
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Etsy Business
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Event Organizing
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Executive Recruiting Business
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Facebook Ads Agency
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Fact-Checking and Research
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Farmer’s Market
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Fashion Consultancy
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Fast-Food Restaurant
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Fiction Writing
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Financial Planning
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Fiverr Gigs
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Foreign Language Training
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Freelance Writing
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Furniture Business
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Gardening Services
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Ghostwriting
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Google AdWords Consultancy
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Grant Writing
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Graphic Design
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Grass Cutting and Snow Removal Services
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Green Cleaning Service
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Grocery Store
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Gutter Cleaning Services
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Gym or Fitness Center
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Hair and Beauty Business
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Hair Salon
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Handyman Business
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Hauling Services
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Herb Farming
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Holding Company
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Home and Office Furniture Rental
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Home Appraisal
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Home Baking
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Home Cleaning
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Home Inspection
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Home Staging Business
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Home-Based Chocolate Business
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Homemade Crafts Business
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Honey Business
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Hotel & Airport Car Service
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House and Pet Sitting
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Human Billboard Services
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Ice Cream Parlor
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Insurance Agency
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Interior Room Painting/Wallpapering
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Internet Security Consultancy
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Inventory Management
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Jewelry Business
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Jewelry Design
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Junk Removal Service
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Landscape Design
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Laundry Services
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Lawn Care
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Life Coaching
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Liquor store
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Local Event Host Service
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Logo and Image Design
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Low-Cost Franchising
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Marketing Consultancy
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Marriage Bureau Business
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Massage Therapy
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Medical Courier Service
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Medical Transcription
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Micropreneurship
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MLM Network Marketing
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Mobile Bike Repair Service
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Mobile Car Repair Service
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Mobile Car Washing
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Mobile Car Detailing Service
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Mobile Phone Accessory Business
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Mobile/Computer Repair Services
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Modeling Agency
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Moving Service
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Music Classes
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Mystery Shopping Business
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Nanny Service
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Neighborhood Retail Store
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Newsletter Template Writing
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NFC Integration Company
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NFT business
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Nutritionist/Health Coach
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Office Cleaning Service
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Online Dating Consultancy
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Online Event Promotion
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Online Fashion Boutique
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Online Meditation Business
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Online Shop for Used Books
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Online Subcontractor Business
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Online Tutorial Service
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Organic Candle/Soap Making
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Organic Farming
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Packer and Mover Business
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Painting Business
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Parking Lot Business
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Party Planning
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Patent Support Services
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Personal Concierge Business
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Personal Shopping Service
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Personal Styling Business
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Personal Training Business
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Personalized Gift Business
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Photography Business
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Plant Selling Business
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Podcasting Business
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Pool Cleaning Services
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Presentation Design Consultancy
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Print Shop
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Printing Service for 3D Braille
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Professional Finder Business
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Professional Organizer Business
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Project Management Consultancy
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Proofreading Services
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Public Speaking Lessons
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Real Estate Business
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Recruitment Services
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Recycling Business
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Relationship Coaching
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Remote Employee Satisfaction Service
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Repair or Skill-Based Services
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Reseller Business
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Resume Writing
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Review Website
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Ridesharing
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RV Cleaning Service
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Sales Agent Business
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Scrapbooking Business
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Security & Spy Agency
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SEO Consultancy
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Smart Home Business
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Smartphone App Development
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Soap-Making Business
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Social Media Influencer
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Software as a Service (SaaS) Business
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Software Development Business
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Software Training
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Stock Brokerage Firm
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Stock Trading
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Street Food Business
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Subscription Box Service
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Survey Business
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Sustainability Consulting Business
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T-shirt Design
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TaskRabbit Business
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Tattoo Business
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Tax Preparation
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Tour Operator Business
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Translation service
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Trash Removal
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Travel Agency
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Tutoring Service
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Used Boat Business
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Vacation Rental Business
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Vending Machine Business
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Video Production
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Videography
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Virtual Assistant Service
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Virtual Reality Business
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Voiceover Business
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Water Refilling Station
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Web Design and Development
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Website Flipping Business
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Website Setup and Email Hosting Services
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Wedding Planning
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Weight Loss Consultancy
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Windshield Repair Services
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Xerox and Book-Binding Business
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Yoga and Meditation Center
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YouTube Channel
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