First of all, before making a deep dive into this list, ask yourself the following questions.
More about yourself as a business person
- What kind of business that my skills and experience fit most?
- How can I transform my hobby and passion into an income-generating gig?
More about the market need
- What problems do people in my neighborhood have and what kind of solutions can i offer?
- Is the public happy with the service quality and price of goods they’re getting or there’s an opportunity for me for my business to enter and thrive?
Commitment to the business
- How much time can I allocate towards the establishment, planning, and operation of the business?
- Will I be a hands-on business owner or likely an investing party and rely on the expertise, skill, and experience of the staff I will hire?
- Do I have enough capital and/or access to loans to finance my business?
- Do I get the support from my family to start and maintain the business?
Once you have truthfully answered these questions, you should now be able to discern your pathway and choose what type of business to invest in.
- Pinoy street food business (Estimated capital: ₱15,000)
Filipinos in general are fond of eating street food. After church, grocery shopping, work or school, grabbing a bite of squid ball, calamares, banana cue, isaw or quek quek can be a way to ease hunger while on the way home or before embarking on a long ride home and dealing with heavy traffic. Street food businesses work best in areas with heavy foot traffic such as near government establishments, churches, public markets or transport terminals. The products are freshly made, quick to prepare, and most of all affordable to many of the people who frequent in these areas. While the business is stable all year round, the surge in sales can also be expected during Sundays, paydays, and holiday seasons while downtimes generally take place during school vacations and rainy days.
Goto and mami business (₱20,000)
If one of your answers in the pre-qualifying questions above is the passion and skill in cooking, this business can be a good alternative to a carinderia especially if the latter already is a saturated market in your area. Depending on what’s in demand in your area, a goto — rice porridge with pork or beef innards, usually ox tripe and pig intestines — or Mami (noodle soup with a variety of ingredients) or both servings can be offered, depending also on the availability of ingredients, space, and manpower. For expenses, you’ll also have to source your cooking equipment, cutlery, and tableware plus the cost of utilities such as water, fuel, and electricity. This business works well, especially if your neighborhood is composed of early risers — workers and students who need to wake up early to start their day — and you are willing to wake up earlier than they do to get the business going. This also suits you if you prefer to operate only at certain hours of the day to save utilities and manpower costs while you can focus on other stuff (household chores, procuring supplies or do other business).
- Pinoy street food business (Estimated capital: ₱15,000)
Internet cafe business (₱90,000)
Even though the use of mobile devices to access the Internet in the Philippines has become more prevalent, this did not render Internet cafe stations unprofitable, at least for those who have managed to evolve and keep up with the demands of customers. That’s because these cafe businesses have managed to cater to expanding needs of users. Beyond Internet browsing and video calls and chats, Internet cafes have found new ways to generate revenue: e-gaming services such as MMORPG (Multi-Player Online Role Playing Game), strategy games like DOTA (Defense of the Ancients), streaming media like Netflix and related services. This business requires capital outlay that depends on the capacity and with P100,000 capital or less, you can set up a five-seater Internet cafe that can also be operated on coins (or Pisonet) to simulate a self-serving vending machine to ease on management costs.
- Videoke rental business (₱25,000)
Special occasions like party celebrations (birthdays, fiestas, Christmas parties) often come with videoke singfest to further stoke the fun. With minimal operating costs (maintenance of machines and transportation from depot to party venue), reaching breakeven is not a matter of if but when — depending on how you market your product rental with pricing and competitive edge.
Therefore it’s not only important to source good quality videoke machines to withstand their mobility and wear and tear among users, but it is also of equal importance to understand what this party-going customer segment needs. Do you have enough lineup of songs that fit their musical taste?
Do you personally deliver the machine and install it at the venue? Does it have better quality equipment than competitors? While you can always use the Internet to advertise your product, it’s the happy customers that are often your best salespeople.
- Cellphone repair business (₱65,000)
If you have the talent (or know someone of this skill) on fixing mobile phones (broken screen, faulty display, the battery needs replacement, etc), then setting up shop is a good idea. That’s because there is a growing need for such service amid growth in mobile device adoption.
Gone are the days when we use our cellphones to text, call or play snakes (on old Nokia phones). Now people use their mobile devices to surf the Internet, watch YouTube videos or read the news and access social media accounts. Therefore the likelihood of someone getting his or her gadget getting in trouble is relatively higher. The cellphone repair shop can be done at your home (or you do home service) so setting up shop is not necessary.- Advertisement -
But to attract consistent traffic of customers in need of your service and establish your business for growth is best served in a permanent spot — a stall at a shopping arcade or even at the public market. Soon as you prove the quality of service and settle with a pricing model that’s reasonable to cellphone users, your cellphone servicing center will become the go-to place.
- Car wash business (₱70,000) One of the businesses that require a small space, little training, and a steady stream of customers is a carwash business.You need a decent-sized area to accommodate the washing of cars, SUVs, and similarly sized vehicles, located not far from the highway. Your equipment may depend on your capital; the higher your investment money, the better quality will your equipment be. You’ll also be able to offer more services like selling car accessories and offer auto detailing services.
You may manage and do things all by yourself or hire an assistant to do the washing while you manage the promotion and financial aspects of the business.Once you’ve established a set of customers, it’s not difficult to get an income of ₱30,000 a month.
- Specialty clothing store (₱70,000)
If you have the skill and flair for fashion, you can start your small specialty dress shop to accommodate a certain segment of consumers. Your shop may rent wedding dresses, graduation wardrobes or school uniforms. You may start marketing your business on social media (with special mention on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram).
Setting up a standalone shop or conducting business depends on how much budget you have but soon as your business grows, establishing a presence near your target audience (schools and shopping malls for example) is crucial to success in the business. To thrive in a competitive business, you may need to partner with other complementary providers (wedding coordinators and photographers or tailors) and establish business relationships with stakeholders and influencers in the business like school administrators and event coordinators. You may source your products from local partners or import in bulk from overseas.
Branching out into a business is a crucial decision that requires plenty of market research and planning before you invest your money. Selecting the best business ideas will always depend on your skill and experience, market demands, available equipment, and competent workforce.
Therefore, money is just a small part of the equation, and having a capital of ₱100,000 or less makes it even more crucial in making all the right moves.