Discover A Low-Cost Home Business You Could Start In Uganda
Venturing in a low-cost home business is one of the ways of growing the economy in Uganda. The majority of Ugandans find it challenging to start a business because they claim not to be having enough capital. Yes, if you plan to start a business in hired premises around Kampala city or anywhere else in Uganda, you will have to part away with a lot of money. Unfortunately, few Ugandans have the opportunity to access business start-up capital.
There are many challenges in the Ugandan economy. Many businesses are collapsing day after day. First, the Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) is introducing new policies to streamline its operations. Secondly, business space rent, license, and income tax rates are high, and employees in the formal sector are losing jobs daily. Unemployment among the youth is rampant. As a result, starting a medium-to-big business is hard for most people. It’s why turning to a low-cost home business could be one of the solutions.
Generally, most Ugandans long for business ventures with quick and significant returns on investment. However, such opportunities are so rare. It’s therefore high time we changed our mindset to start simple, low-cost home businesses. These are businesses that people start from home, which they eventually grow into big companies.
Home businesses require little or no money at all to establish. They are easy to sustain since operational costs are minimal. There is no hiring of business space and spending on significant transport costs. You may also not pay trading licenses.
In countries like China, most people are involved in a small, low-cost home business. They work from home to produce a lot of products which they sell to other countries. Interestingly, they have a big market in Uganda. These products could also be made by Ugandans right from their homes.
However, there is one big challenge with home business owners: marketing. To succeed, one has to market. Secondly, one has to establish oneself as having the best products or services. As you start your low-cost home business, you must have a marketing plan in mind. I highly recommend that one of your marketing strategies should be creating a website for your business.
Which low-cost home business can you venture into in Uganda?
Most people ask this question. The options for low-cost home businesses are overwhelming. But you need to identify the type of activity suitable for you, basing on your knowledge, skills, ability, background, and potential.
We have identified a few businesses from which you may make your selection of the most suitable low-cost home business for you. If you don’t see one, search around you to identify any other cheap home business into which you can venture. Our list includes the following:
#1. Gardening business
Gardening is a low-cost home business any Ugandan can afford. Food is a basic need for all of us. With the improved gardening methods, one can grow edible crops for sale even on the smallest plot of land. For people living in urban areas, gardening is so profitable because the demand for fresh, organic and clean foods is high.
There is an increasing number of inspiring gardeners in Uganda, who have made a fortune. These gardeners have demonstration gardens from which people learn effective gardening methods. Visit them to learn how to grow crops in tins, sacks, and bottles, how to turn garbage into manure, how to harvest rainwater for use in dry seasons, and how to utilise a small space for farming.
#2. Hairdressing business
Hairdressing is a profitable low-cost home business in Uganda. Ladies spend handsomely on their hair. Young men also want to look trendy. If you have the right training, skill and excellent hands-on experience, you can begin to cut or style people’s hair to change their images.
If your home is in a good business location, turn one room into a business space to do your business. You can also move to people’s homes on appointment to style their hair. Read further to learn how you can set up a mobile hair salon business.
#3. Fish farming
Fish farming is a low-cost home business with high-profit margins. You can quickly grow fish in human-made ponds and tanks. With a few materials obtainable locally, it’s easy to make a pond, fill it with freshwater and begin rearing fish.
Start selling in the neighbourhood and markets around to earn money. You will need training and experience to do this business.
#4. Chicken rearing
Many Ugandans in urban areas have embraced chicken-rearing because chicken and eggs are on high demand, especially if they are of good quality. Look around for high-breed chicken to start rearing. Local chicken is preferred most by Ugandans. Learn new and modern chicken rearing methods to succeed in this business.
Winemaking is a low-cost home business you can consider. Although grapes are the most popular, you can make wine from any fruit. Do your research on how to produce quality wine from your home. There are many fruits from which you can make wine and the market for it is available in Uganda.
#6. Professional services
There is a variety of low-cost home businesses in which professionals can engage themselves. If you are skilled in anything, think about turning it into something you can do at home. Consultancy services are on high demand in various fields.
Blogging offers a variety of low-cost home business opportunities. Many bloggers worldwide are earning a sizable amount of money. Bloggers make a commission from marketing other people’s products on their sites. It requires continuous writing to provide freshness to your blog. You will need a computer, internet connection, blogging, and online marketing skills.
Do you need to start blogging? Read this article on how top bloggers make money online to get inspired.
#8. Making crafts
Craft making in Uganda is profitable. People make handicrafts from many free materials around. If you know how to make crafts for both the local and international market, better start now. Look for the market. You will earn a lot of money.
I know a group of young women who started a CBO to empower fellow women in eastern Uganda. The CBO has enabled many women to make crafts which they sell to over 16 European countries. They buy the handicrafts to support the women to improve their standard of living. In the end, the CBO earns money to sustain its programs.
#9. Graphic designing
Graphic designing is on high demand in print media. With your designing skills, you can design logos, brochures, images, packaging, business cards and advertisements for small businesses, individuals, and companies.
#10. Food Processing
Depending on your area of specialisation, food processing offers many low-cost business opportunities. With simple processing equipment, you can process many foods to sell in the neighbourhood. But you have to abide by the UNBS quality standards.
If you are living where there is enough vegetation, you can start a beekeeping business. It’s a low-cost home business you can do in Uganda by just using local beehives and some knowledge in keeping bees. Honey and wax are on demand by individuals and health food stores.
#12. Web designing
Web designing is a low-cost home business for people skilled in creating excellent websites. Every business, individuals, and organisations want to establish themselves online. Take advantage of the skill you have to design quality websites from your home.
#13. Cleaning services
Offering cleaning services is considered to be a low-cost home business anyone can establish. You only need cleaning materials and knowledge on what to do to clean house roofs, gutters and carpets in people’s homes. Once you set yourself, they will call you to offer the service at some good money.
Are you interested in offering cleaning services? Read this helpful post on how to start a roof cleaning business to get inspired.
#14. Water business
Water is a basic need that one cannot do away with in life. In Uganda, there are many places without a constant supply of water. Selling water to people around you is a low-cost home business. You can start by harvesting rainwater into a big tank, which you can then sell during the dry season.
#15. Toilet business
If your home is where there are many people, think about offering toilet services to them at a cost. People with this kind of business earn a lot of money every day. It’s a low-cost home business with minimal operational costs.
#16. Tents/chairs for events
Around you, people organise events like weddings, parties, funeral rites, etc. Invest some little money in buying chairs and tents for hire to start your business.
#17. Mobile money dealer
Sending money by mobile phone is a big low-cost business in which more people are getting involved. If your home is in a busy place, you can earn a reasonable amount of money every day by offering this service to people.
#18. Referral service
Offering referral services is a low-cost home business with the potential to grow. You can match people to their required functions. Yes. You could specialise in areas like house rentals, babysitting, plumbing, painting, cleaning services, and many others.
#19. Car washing
Car washing requires very little start-up capital. It’s a profitable low-cost home business many people tend to overlook. But if your home is near a stream of water where you can get water at no cost, it’s worth trying. You can also harvest rainwater into a big underground tank to begin washing people’s cars in your neighbourhood.
#20. Compound maintenance
Compound maintenance offers several low-cost business opportunities. You can either maintain lawn or flower gardens in people’s compound. Alternatively, you can also establish yourself as a hedge cutter. Just make your proposals to various people. You will always get jobs throughout the year.
#21. Coffee business
If you live near offices and busy places, starting a coffee shop could be profitable. You need to learn how to prepare different types of coffee and accompaniments. Affordable quality services are crucial to success.
#22. Grasshoppers/ants business
Grasshoppers and white ants are a delicacy in Uganda, especially in central Uganda. This business is seasonal. But if you stock enough to take you through the rest of the year, you can make good money. You will need to learn how to keep them for a more extended period.
#23. Dog training business
Insecurity is increasing in urban areas. The cost of hiring security guards in homes is high. Even with the existence of paid security guards, cases of thugs conniving with them to rob are common. Most people are now resorting to using trained dogs to guard their homes.
#24. Milk business
Milk is consumed every day by many people. With little start-up capital, you can consider delivering milk to homes, schools, and offices in your locality. Use your creativity to produce other related products like ghee and yoghurt to sell to them.
#25. Painting business
Painting is another low-cost home business. If you are a skilled painter, consider venturing into the painting business. Market yourself to homes, schools, organisations, etc. as the best painter. You need to offer quality services to get jobs regularly.
#26. Masonry work business
Many people need quality masonry work. It’s one of the low-cost home business ideas one can consider developing. You only need a few tools, building skills, and being a reliable person. Market yourself in the neighbourhood as the best mason. You will get the money.
#27. Motorbike repairer
Motorbikes are everywhere in Uganda. They are a convenient means of transport nowadays. If you are near a busy place and you can repair bikes, you could start a motorbike repairing business. Consider selling spare parts too.
#28. Furniture business
If you know how to make furniture, consider opening a workshop at your home. Get orders to make quality custom-made furniture. Select a particular niche with a good market, e.g. furniture for children, multi-purpose furniture, coffee tables, etc. Be innovative and make quality furniture to win your customers’ hearts.
#29. Plumbing business
Plumbing is an excellent low-cost home business. The demand for plumbing services in urban areas is high. You only need the desired professional skill and a few tools to get jobs done. Establish yourself as a good plumber. You will get clients.
#30. General repair services
Many people have generators, mowers, flat irons, fridges, etc. If you’re good at repairing such items, consider turning your skill into a profitable business you can do from your home. Get the word out to all people in your locality. The jobs are available if you offer quality services.
#31. Daycare centre
Most busy parents in urban areas prefer keeping their children in a pleasant environment with people who can take care of them well during day time. If you love children and know what it takes to run a daycare, it could be a profitable business depending on your location.
#32. Catering services
Catering services are on high demand in Uganda. People are ever organising parties, weddings, and other occasions. They prefer outsourcing these services because it’s convenient and cost-effective as well. If you have the skill, why not start this low-cost home business. Promote it to neighbours, friends, relatives, and other acquaintances. Offer quality services; you will get many orders.
#33. Personal chef
If you are a good chef, offering yourself to prepare meals in your clients’ homes is a great low-cost home business. Some well-to-do people need such services in Kampala.
#34. Freelance writing
Full-time freelance writing is a good low-cost home business from which a good number of people earn a living. As a freelance writer, you belong to no specific company. But you act as a small business. Discover more practical ideas and resources by reading our article on how to start a freelance business.
#35. Window cleaning
If you start a window cleaning business in Kampala, you could get contracts to clean windows. It could eventually turn out to be a profitable business with few operational costs.
#36. Interior designing
Interior design service could turn out to be a lucrative low-cost home business. There is an increasing number of able people in Uganda who need this service. Get the word out to the people. If you are conversant with what you are doing, they will contract you to offer the service to them.
#37. TV / radio / phone repairing business
Many people have a TV, a radio and a Smartphone. But getting them repaired is hard. If you have got the knowledge and skill, it could be a great low-cost home business opportunity.
#38. Sewing business
Many stay-at-home ladies have a skill in sewing. If you have sewing as a skill, you could consider starting a home sewing business. It’s such a profitable business most Ugandan overlook. There are many sewing business ideas you can venture into to make money from your home.
For instance, you can venture into pattern making, wedding dress designing, uniform making, costume designing, bed cover designing, dressmaking, soft toy designing, custom kids clothes, custom cups/hats, and embroidery business. You can also become an instructor and teach others tailoring skills. There many many other sewing ideas you can think about and establish yourself as an expert to make money.
#39. Lunch delivery services
This low-cost home business is ideal for people living near offices. Make your survey to know your competitors, the market, the type of food needed, and what clients are willing to pay. Quality and timely delivery are crucial to success.
#40. Garbage collection
People in urban places in Uganda have a problem with garbage. Garbage collection is a low-cost business to manage. With a wheelbarrow and some containers, you can move from house to house collecting waste in the neighbourhood. Bring it to your home. Sort it out. Make compost manure and begin selling it to people for an additional income. You can also use it in your garden to grow crops for sale.
#41. Toner cartridge recycling
Refilling cartridges with new ink is a great low-cost home business. Look for offices, homes, and business enterprises where you can offer quick delivery of recycled cartridges.
#42. Translation services
If you know French, German, Spanish, Chinese, English or any other international languages, translation service is a great low-cost home business you can offer.
#43. Internet marketing consultancy
If you have internet marketing skills, you could help business owners to market their businesses online. You can do this by promoting their businesses or empowering them on how to do it at a cost.
#44. Information Technology (IT) consulting services
Most people or businesses cannot hire full-time IT specialists. If you start offering the services, you will receive jobs from individuals, companies, and organisations.
#45. Baking business
Baking is a low-cost home business with big profit margins. You can bake cakes, pastries, cookies, and cupcakes. They are at a high demand. People like fresh and homemade ones.
#46. Medicinal herbs farming
Ugandans believe so much in using local herbs to cure various diseases. There is also a growing number of herbalists in Uganda. However, they get herbs from the forests and jungles. With the rampant deforestation, most medicinal herbs are disappearing slowly by slowly. Do your research for the most needed herbs and grow them at home. Herbalists will buy them right from your home.
#47. Mobile bar-tending business
A mobile bar-tending company is a comparatively, low-cost home business in which one can venture. It’s not common in Uganda. But a mobile bar-tending is like a traditional bar business. The only difference is that the bartender does not work at one location. He/she provides services at local events, parties, weddings, etc. throughout the year.
To start a mobile bar-tending business, you will need to invest in your stock and bar. Have a catchy, fun name for your business.
#48. Public speaking business
The public speaking industry offers a variety of very low-cost home business opportunities. If you have the skill, you can speak at weddings, introduction ceremonies, and many other special occasions. You need to establish yourself as the best speaker to convince people. A website can be an excellent marketing tool.
#49. Brick making
People everywhere nowadays are building. They need building materials. Bricks are some of the building materials one must use to construct a house. With a simple manual brick making machine, soil and some water, you can start this very profitable low-cost home business.
#50. Tree planting
If you have enough land, consider planting trees like pine and eucalyptus. It’s an inexpensive home business. Tree seedlings cost little money. You can plant slowly season after season. After some time, you will have trees for selling as poles, firewood or timber.
As already mentioned, this list of low-cost home business ideas is not exhaustive. It’s just intended to inspire people to venture into small home-based businesses. If you know of any other cheap home business we have not listed, please kindly share it with us in the comment section.
Hello! My name is Charles Kiyimba, a creative engraver, a professional teacher, a passionate blogger, a confident graphic/web designer and the founder of Goleza Designers Ltd, an engraving business that turns images into real products. Through my hands-on experience, I share with you free helpful information on our products and services, business, marketing and personal development. Always dive in for more!