Discover A Low-Cost Home Business You Could Start In Uganda

low-cost home businessVenturing 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.

Fewer Challenges with Low-cost home businesses

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 low-cost home businessesGardening 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 farmingFish 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.

#5. Winemaking

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.

#7. Blogging

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

handcraftsCraft 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.

#11. Beekeeping

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.

car washing#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.

furniture making#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.

catering services#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.

garbage collection#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.

public speaking#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!


  1. agasha akia

    Thank you, Charles, I’m really happy to meet you can you help me and give me a guide on the business I can start while I am in town that costs Shs 300,000. I do have a job but what am earning is not enough for me.

    • Charles Kiyimba

      It’s understandable. But I don’t have all the ideas with their estimations of the start-up capital. Secondly, I don’t know your ability and skills which are also capital into any business you start. It’s why it’s important to generate your idea, basing on what you know and develop a business plan to implement it. But all the businesses I mentioned in this article require little monetary capital but a lot on the side of social and human capital.

      For instance, with less than Shs 300,000, you can start a winemaking business from fruits like pineapples, mangoes, guavas and much more. What you need to have is the how-to knowledge and how to market the products. I will talk about this idea in one of my subsequent articles.

      • Kemigisha Bridget

        Hello Charles, thank you for this very insightful article… I am very desperate to start a business but the problem is I work in a very deep village. I have thought to choose one amongst baking, sewing, cleaning services and buying a Boda Boda. Your advice will be very much appreciated. My Whatsapp number is 0777344936. Thank you again.

        • Charles Kiyimba

          I will get in touch with you using WhatsApp. But you can as well contact me on 0772327373. It’s always online.

    • Janet joanita

      Hi am Janet, l know how to make chapatti, mandazi so can l start a business. How much will l be starting with?

      • Charles Kiyimba

        Thank you Joanita for your question. However, it’s difficult to give you a quick question about how much money you need to start your mandazi business. The best way, I always advise people to do, is to build your idea with a business plan. When you come up with a plan, of course, all such questions will be answered.

  2. Duncan

    Thank you so much for your deep incite for various businesses one can take up as a youth, the article was really helpful.

    I would like you to help me and advise me on how to draft a business plan. I have a small business of selling crafts

    • Duncan

      If you don’t mind you can get in touch with me on my whats-app number +256755035466

    • Charles Kiyimba

      Thank you, too, for your appreciation. I will get in touch with you for the assistance you want

    • Charles Kiyimba

      Thank you for your appreciation. I will get in touch with you for assistance.

    • Sarah Kirabo

      Thank you very much for this. It has greatly impacted a positive change in my life m and am looking forward to start up my own small bussiness for now

      • Charles Kiyimba

        I will be grateful to hear that you started with burning enthusiasm and consistent focused-mind to succeed. Thank you.

  3. Mutenyo Connie

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us I really appreciate. However, I would like you to kindly shed a light on how I can market a web hosting service and the products tagged to it.

    • Charles Kiyimba

      Thank you, Connie, for your comment. One of the proven ways of marketing your business online is blogging. Of course, there are other effective online marketing methods but when you produce good content on your business, you get people to know you as they search the internet looking for information. However, it doesn’t bring results overnight. You have to do it for some good time and consistently.

      I have checked your website and found it good. One thing you need to work on is to improve the loading speed because slow loading speeds chase away would-be customers. Thanks once again for your comment and for reading our content.

    • Namugera Julius

      Thanks, Charles for the insight, I’m Julius a medical laboratory technician but I can help institutional medical students with doing for them research projects, and I can do inspirational speaking. How can I get more opportunities for both and online opportunities

      • Charles Kiyimba

        If I am not mistaken, I think you want to know how to market your skills. Yes, the marketing strategy you adopt for your business matters a lot. In modern times, having a website for your business is a good idea if you get to know how to market your business online using proven marketing techniques.

      • Timothy

        It’s a nice piece of ideas, thanks, Charles.
        I want to register a business /company name under which I can run my small business. Can you help me on the processing?

    • Immy shades

      Tell me, please, which business I can start with 100,000 Ugandan shillings

      • Charles Kiyimba

        Most people ask me similar questions hoping that I have the cost estimations for all businesses at hand. Incidentally, when it comes to the actual amount of money needed, it’s prudent to establish it by developing a business plan. And the business idea should come from you based on your knowledge, ability and skills. What I suggest for you is intended to open your mind. You can select from the list your own idea and build it to turn it into a real business.


    Thank you, Charles, I would want to start Professional services (taxes- PAYE, Income tax, and Customs). However, I am not good at marketing. I feel if I started offering professional services I would make extra income but I am bad at marketing. Kindly advise me on how well I can start. Thank you so much.

    • Charles Kiyimba

      Not knowing which marketing strategy will be effective for a particular type of business is one of the reasons why some small businesses fail. They jump from one failed marketing method to another. The reason is that they do not take time to do research before they start their businesses. What I would advise you to do is to make a business plan first. It will give a clear roadmap of what to do and how to go about it. One of the marketing strategies I would recommend is online marketing. But you need to have a website and committedly invest a lot of time to lean. In the long run, it pays you off.

  5. musana charles

    Hello, Mr Kiyimba I am also called Charles. I am currently struggling to sustain a family business I single-handedly bankrolled using my little savings way back in 2017. The biggest challenge at the moment is poor record-keeping, marketing and the apparent lack of project plan/vision by the day to day managers/operators of the business notwithstanding the failure to draw a line between the investment/business and the family. How can I overcome these challenges without having to hurt anyone of my family members? How do I streamline the business to achieve my desired goals?

    • Charles Kiyimba

      Thank you, Charles, for your comment. I can see that you’re in a total dilemma. You want the business to prosper but you don’t want to annoy your family members despite their failure to manage it well. I feel good that you already know the challenges and what I would urge you to do is to tackle them seriously. Many people start businesses and leave them to their relatives to manage. Running a business to success necessitates hands-on involvement especially when you’re starting it. When it comes to employing people to work with you, irrespective of their relationship with you, you should always focus on having people with skills and heart for your business. Your relatives may not have the skills (the how-to) though you expect them to be achieving your business goals. If not, they may not be having the heart for your business and simply want to eat from it because it’s their relative’s business. But business doesn’t need that. So either cut them out of your business or help them to learn. The onus is now on you to actually find a way of doing it.

      • Mike

        Hello Charles My name is Mike a professional electrical technician with a very good experience in house installations and designing. But I would love to extend my services to online customers both in installations and sales of all kinds of electrical stuff. How best can I market my business?

        • Charles Kiyimba

          Thank you, Mike, for your question and for being one of our readers. In modern times, if you want to reach more customers, you need to consider establishing your business online by creating a website.

  6. Nabende Moses

    Thanks for enlightening us on the different opportunities. I currently wanna run a sewing machine business, any startup tip you can advise me? I will be grateful.

    • Charles Kiyimba

      It’s an excellent business idea. I will advise you to make a business plan first. The plan will help you to know how to go about your business and the amount of money needed to start it.

  7. Baganizi Nicholas

    Thank you for all this message… I want to know which kind of small business I can start in Kisoro with very little money

    • Charles Kiyimba

      Thank you Nicholas for getting in touch with us. The business you want to start will depend largely on your ability to discover yourself and to make research. Do not wait for someone to tell you the kind of business you can do because they also don’t know you skills, abilities. Please read this article to get more insights on how to start a thriving business.

      • wakooli Bosco

        Thanks a billion my dear brother for lighting and opening up the closed minds of the the young people. Once again, Thanks a trillion.

        • Charles Kiyimba

          Thank you, Bosco, for your appreciation.

      • Turyahwerwa Solomon

        Hello Charles, I am Solomon.
        How can I become a blogger?
        Secondly, how can I create a website?

    • Shallon Naturinda

      Thanks a lot for this important information. God bless.
      Pliz help me know how to formulate a business plan. Thanks.
      My watsup number is 0783868859

      • Charles Kiyimba

        Thanks too Shallon for your appreciation. I will look forward to supporting you. Let me reorganise myself and get to you through your Whatsapp.

  8. Patience

    Thanks for the ideas you have shared above, it’s real helpful to us the youth,it has helped me a lot and now I know where to start from, thank you.

    • Charles Kiyimba

      Thank you Patience for your appreciation. It’s good to hear from you that you have been helped through the information provided here.

  9. Ssempebwa jannat namutebi

    Thanks for the nice work done. However my problem may be poor skills of work. I rear chicken for eggs with my husband however but it’s hard for me to maintain it. We take out money unnecessary for home use, any time, anywhere. It has been poor management I can see. Secondly I tried baking daddies in the end I don’t see profits. All I do is from home. Help me to achieve goals in those aspects and also join me on your group. My No. 0772667271 – Jannat

    • Charles Kiyimba

      Thank you Jannat for your appreciation. First, I will apologize for not having any group relating to our business. What we have is this website and if you have something to say, we have our contacts through which you can get directly in touch with us for help. Please feel free to do that for we shall always be supportive because it’s the reason for sharing the information we provide on this site.

      Secondly, I have seen your concerns: poor work skills, poor management, inability to get profits. You are not alone. What happens to you also happen to many others. Running a business successfully is not easy in Uganda. But if you get to know a few things and do them well, you can always get profits.

      As I have always said, it’s prudent and beneficial to start any business with a plan. If you’re already doing business and you don’t have a plan yet, then it’s so crucial that you create one. That’s when you will get to know where you are going and how you will reach there. If you need to know more in this aspect, we have written quite several supportive articles on business planning. We also have articles on business success and business skills. Please find time to read what you find useful to help you out of this hindrance.

      You’re in business to make profits. But for you to make profits, you need to market your products. Before even you start marketing, you need to research on the very product you want to offer to customers. Does it meet their needs and will they buy it? What is unique about it that will make it a product they will like. Please read this article on what targeted customers buy to understand more what I mean. Also read this article the benefits of having unique products.

      You may have a good product, but if you don’t market it you will never make money out of it. So it’s important to learn different marketing strategies and select those you find most effective and affordable for the kind of business you’re doing. We provide helpful information on marketing methods. Please read it to learn and where you feel you need more support, do not hesitate to get in touch.

      Finally, managing a business is wide. But you say that you take away money unnecessarily for home use. It’s good you already know the problem. What I would recommend for you to do is to begin keeping records. There is know way you will know that you’re making profits or not if you don’t keep records. Keeping records will enable you to know how much money you make, whether your business is growing or not and to make you more focused. If you need support in this, we can help you.

      Thank you once again for raising your concerns and sharing them with us. We do hope that our response to your issues will be helpful. Hopefully, we shall get to hear positive results from you again.

  10. Akampurira peruth

    Am really happy for this,thank you for the advice. I really appreciate. Am inquiring, ok I’ve several plans of businesses i.e. starting up a bar, bakery, poultry but I have lacked space where I can put up any of these. At first I began with chapati stoll, but it didn’t become successful because of the location. I have capital of at least 1.5m. Please advise me on what I should do among those ideas and also what to do in order to get a place where to operate from. Thank you so much 0782502888 that’s my WhatsApp number. Please add me to your group. Thank you.

    • Charles Kiyimba

      Thank you Peruth for your comment. I see that you have very good ideas and your challenge is to turn them into what you want. You also mention the challenge of lack of space and good location. It’s good you know this.

      Picking from your assertions, I can see that probably your challenges are beyond finding space and a good location. The first thing you should do is to focus on one idea. You need to make a niche discovery. Secondly, you should develop a business plan as it’s very risky to swim in the waters you don’t know how deep they are. The plan is a very good tool because it will help you to make research deeply on your business idea, to quantify the kind of input (capital) you will need and guide you on how you will go about your business. In the business plan, things like marketing methods you will use to promote your business and location are captured. If you find making a business plan difficult, seek support from people who know. Hope this information will help you. You can also get in touch for support at Whatsapp number +256772327373.

  11. Pascal

    Am soon starting my own business basing on the above interesting ideas

    • Goleza

      Thanks for your appreciation

    • Phionah

      I am humbled to have read the information on this site…
      Its inspirational. Keep it up.

      • Charles Kiyimba

        Thank you Phionah for your appreciation



    • Goleza

      Thanks for your appreciation

  13. katusiime Charity

    Thank you Goleza, you’re doing a great Job and I’ve liked it.
    For me I like baking but I don’t have a good experience. They don’t come out good and going for baking classes has become hard because of finances. Is there any advice?

    • Goleza

      There are like three ways through which you can learn. You can get knowledge formally in school. You can also get someone experienced to mentor you. Or you can educate yourself through getting books and read them to get knowledge. The internet is also a good resource for learning.

  14. Obed Byamaka

    Thanks so much Mr. I would like you to advice me on which business I can start with 1 million if I want my business to be around Makerere University or Kikoni or Wandegeya.

    Please don’t hesitate to add me to your whatsapp group. My No. is +256782759998. Thanks

    • Goleza

      Most people ask me the same question. However, starting a business is not all about thinking about money first. When I thought of starting an engraving business, I first discovered what it takes to do it. I therefore started by having an idea. Basing on the idea I had in my mind, I researched on it and discovered that I needed the following:

      1. Graphic designing skill – So I bought a software and started learning. Nobody taught me, but I taught myself. I am a self-taught graphic designer. And the graphic designing I wanted was tailored to the kind of business I had in mind.

      2. Website – I discovered that I had to market my business using modern marketing methods. And having a website was so crucial for me. But because I didn’t have the money to spend on having a webmaster doing it for me, I resorted to learning web designing. It’s a great skill that is doing for me a lot of things.

      3 – Marketing – To sell my products, I needed a marketing strategy. And one of the marketing strategies I use is online marketing. So I had to learn it by myself.

      4 – Laser engraving machine and other related tools – You can see that the tools we use in the business came last. I bought them gradually one by one and the last tools that we invested in are laser engraver and rotary engraver. They cost us too much money. Over 15,000 dollars each.

      Get it right from me now. If I started by looking at the 15,000 dollars first, I wouldn’t start this business because I didn’t have the money. But I put my mind on the business idea for which I developed a business plan and got to know what I needed to start it. After having a business plan, I started working towards achieving it step by step but not all at once.

      To go back to your question, what is your business idea? This should come from you basing on your skills, knowledge, potential and abilities. Don’t ask people which business you will do with 1 million shillings. It will not work. And this is not what I did. If you trust me in what I am telling you, sit down and look at the environment surrounding you, which problems can you solve for the people? These will give you some kind of idea on which you will build your business. Solving people’s problems is where the money is. Look at the skills you have, the knowledge you have, your potential and your abilities. What can you do? Please let me know so that I will then help you to come up with a business plan which you will use to develop your business idea into a real business. You can whatsapp using +256772327373. Thanks for all your questions.

    • Kato Dungu

      I have a medical centre business I started now two years. It gives me about 4.5 -5 millions a month (total income. I did not do a business plan while I was starting it. But now now am seeing it started falling in income it genarates . What could be the problem. Another thing is I have two business ideas one is wine making and food processing. But I don’t know which one to take and how to do them,and whether there is a market for them

  15. Ngaruka

    Am into this 100%

  16. Debbie

    Thanks alot. This is good info. May God bless you for this work.

    I Love writing and I would like to know how can I start blogging? How much do i need to start? And where do i pay up to start blogging. Thanks once again.

    • Goleza

      Thank you first of all for your appreciation.
      It’s good to hear that you love to blog. You only need to set it up with a WordPress platform. If you have a static website you can also integrate a blog to communicate to your audience on a regular basis.

      Setting it up requires you to have a domain name registered at about 11 dollars for a year. Then you will need to pay for hosting it on a server to be visible on the internet at about 100 dollars a year.

      If you need further support, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  17. Onyango David

    Thank you so much for your wonderful service.Your message is very helpful to the youth of today.

    • Goleza

      Thanks indeed for your appreciation. Through this blog, we are committed to share what we think is useful information about business, marketing and personal development to help as many people (especially the youth) to become successful in life. The information we provide is free and we really welcome any person with the need to be supported in the area of personal development, as long as it’s within our knowledge and ability. Thanks once again.

  18. Harriet N.

    Thank you for the motivating words. If I want to start up a printing, photocopy and typesetting business, what is required of me and if I am to use second hand machines how much capital do i need. Is 1 million able to start up anything?

    • Goleza

      Thanks Harriet for your question and appreciation. Starting a printing, photocopying and typesetting business requires you to first study what you actually need and how much you can put in terms of money, skill, knowledge and others. Many times it’s deceptive to first look at starting a business in terms of money, which most people regard as capital. Capital isn’t only money. It’s much more than that. I therefore advise you to sit down to develop a business plan first. That’s when you will ascertain whether the money you have in mind or at hand can take you through. If you have a need in how to develop a business plan, you can get in touch with us to help you out. Thanks once again for your appreciation.

  19. Patrick Ojangole

    Individuals like you are well and truly a blessing to we the youth and the country as a whole..thank you for your words of wisdom…if possible I’d like to stay in touch through Whatsapp as I may need further enlightenment as regards starting up my own small business…Whatsapp No. is 0787123271..again thank you…

    • Goleza

      Thank you Patrick. It has been a pleasure to have your motivating words. I will get in touch with you through the Whatsapp No. you have provided for support if needed.

      • Adellah

        Thanks to you mister….I would like to grow flowers for sell but I wonder how I will market this to my Adellah katete mbarara city. WhatsApp me on 0753394884

        • Charles Kiyimba

          I will get in touch with you. But you can as well contact me on 0772327373. It’s always online.

  20. Eze henry

    Thanks for your brave enlightenment, but I will still want to speak privately with you based on my personal plans over starting business in Uganda…..this is my number pls add me up on WhatsApp +971526189129 thanks.

    • Goleza

      Thank you Eze for your appreciation. I will definitely get in touch with through your WhatsApp number.

  21. kim wet

    well thanks guys

  22. Nakyere

    I would like to thank you for your advices especially for we the youth. I would like to seek advice from you. I have managed to get 500,000/- from hawking and have been struggling with KCCA. I have been arrested several times. What I am asking is what business can I start with that amount because I am tired of being chased by KCCA. I will be very glad to see your reply.
    Thank you

    • Goleza

      Thank you Nakyere for being our follower and for your question. You say you have Shs 500,000 and you’re looking for a business to do, having got tired of being chased on the streets of Kampala by KCCA. Indeed, it’s so disappointing. You risk losing all your goods, money and getting imprisoned. The best is to look for what to do and do it legally.

      I believe by the time you asked, you already read the list of the small businesses. If you didn’t find one, then you need to do some bit of research. With Shs 500,000/= you can truthfully start a small business. It doesn’t have to be big money. But it depends on the idea you have.

      I would suggest for you a business but it’s not possible. I can only advise to discover yourself. What are you able to do basing on the knowledge and skills you have, in addition to your ability. What are you passionate about? In other words, what do you love? Passion is the driving force in everything we do.

      For instance, I am a self-made graphic designer. I have passion in designing. With my skills in graphic designing, I am able to design and turn images into real objects, which people need in life with the help of some tools. I design awards, cards, bags and offer engraving and cutting services.

      Having a viable business idea is key to success in any business. Most people think of money first. Like you’re looking at the money first. You think the money will give you the business idea. No. That’s not how it works. Begin with having an idea, then money will come last. If you begin with money, you will suffocate some of the good ideas you may want to build.

      For instance, I know a young man whose business idea was to deliver foodstuffs to people’s homes. He realised that most people in the working class have limited time yet they need and are able to buy quality foodstuffs like matooke, beans, groundnuts, potatoes and the like. He sold the idea to a few selected families in his target group. He started taking the foodstuffs directly to their homes and they pay him when they get money. He now has about 200 homes he supplies with foodstuffs. He makes money.

      You can also get a good idea and build it slowly with the money you have. It should come from you. However, the biggest mistake most Ugandans do is to start a business without a business plan. When you get a good idea, sit down and develop a plan to guide you. If you just jump into doing it without a plan, you may blow all your Shs 500,000/=. If you have challenges in doing a plan, seek for support.

  23. Gwaymbadde Michael

    The information is help full for the youth

  24. Gwaymbadde Michael

    Thanks for the information but I would like to ask that I have 2 acres of land, is it possible to start a goat project?

    • Goleza

      Micheal, first of all, I would like to thank you for your appreciation of the information here. You want to start a goat project on a 2-acre land, right? I would say yes. I have seen people rearing goats even on a piece of land as small as 0.25 acres of land.

      With your goat rearing idea, what I would advise you to do is to make some research on modern profitable ways of rearing goats. Get the skills needed to become successful in this business. If there are skills you don’t have, put in some time and money (if applicable) to acquire them.

      Most importantly, develop a plan. Never do business without having created a plan for your business. If you do it, you will be blindly getting into it and the chances of succeeding are minimal. If you don’t know how to come up with a plan, learn or get someone to help you. We can help you come up with one. Read further here why a business plan is necessary.

      I am looking forward to hearing from you one day that you managed to start and grow a goat rearing business. Goats have market here in Uganda, and you don’t go wrong venturing into that business. Thanks once again for your appreciation and for being our reader.

      • Grace

        Hello, can I start a small boutique business in my rented apartment in Kampala & market it online too? Is that allowed by landlords? And do I have to register the business or not necessary? Your response will be appreciated.

        • Charles Kiyimba

          Thank you, Grace, for your question. So you have a dream of starting a small boutique. And you want to know if you can do it from your rented apartment. First, you need to ascertain whether your location is suitable for the kind of business you have in mind. You will have to do research to get this useful information. From the little knowledge I know about a boutique, it needs a place where there are people who will buy from you (market). And the location should give the shoppers a pleasant environment to make them want to come back.

          As regards registering the business, yes, you should do it if you plan to build a healthy business. You can register it as a sole proprietorship.

          The idea of marketing it online is so pretty. In modern times, a business without a website loses many opportunities. But you will have to consider essential the kind of website to build. In my opinion, a boutique requires an e-commerce website so that you can sell your stuff online. This type of website is not cheap to build.

          All in all, you do your research first and I recommend that you settle down to write a business plan as a starting point. With it, you dig deeper to know so many things that will help you to succeed with your business idea.



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