Green Business Ideas - Low Budget Business Plans
Green Foods: You can actually grow your own food no matter where you live. The green business idea allows people to grow “garden-parks" or small seeded trays that can be placed anywhere in your apartment. You can grow anything you wish to sell in the local market.
If space is not a problem, employ a garden designer’s services to create garden installations for rooftops or backyards. To save on costs, look for clients in the local area. For added advantages, try finding clients who also believe in going green. You may be lucky enough to get a permanent contract from such units, including restaurants and fast food joints.
Green Consulting: Green homes are becoming popular, thanks to the green movement started four years ago. People often need experts to help them achieve their goals of green living. Considering the demand, green consulting is one of the best low budget businesses. You need not even rent out space for any office. All you need is a presence that can be easily obtained using free methods for advertising your business. Other than the presence, you will need a phone number and/or email ID so that people can contact you. Word out mouth advertising also helps. Start from your own neighborhood.
Wondering where to get knowledge to help your clients? Simply use the Internet and study as much as you can in your spare time. If required, make notes or bookmark important pages. After handling a project or two, you should be able to sense success knocking at your door.
There are some green consulting businesses that take care of the entire gamut of event management. They oversee every aspect of any event from "A for Advertising" to "W of Waste Management" and beyond!
Green Vehicles: While people are trying to ride over a new vehicle of change - the green wave – you can consider manufacturing or repairing hybrid vehicles. You can also go for sales and management of electric vehicles. Once again, you need not invest a fortune – as it seems when it comes to automobiles. Most of the newer alternate fuel companies are looking for people who can promote their products. Check out electric scooters, small electric cars, and similar products. You can either buy and resell them or contact the manufacturers directly for a franchise. If you wish to open a green garage, you can hire trained people (students from the field will serve as the cheapest option) to turn vehicles into hybrids and for maintenance. The scope is endless – once you start thinking abou your green business for the pollution free and fuel saving market.
Green Buildings: As per the US Green Building Council, buildings in the US alone account for:
- 72% of electricity consumption,
- 39% of energy use,
- 30% of waste output, and
- 14% of portable water consumption.
Considering the above recurring costs (annual), people looking for tips on saving money wish to go green. While constructions are "Greener" when "Green" is incorporated in the initial buildings, you can always convert an existing building to a green building. Of course you need to have sufficient knowledge. The US Green Building Council offers the required training – both online and in person at nominal costs. They also help you get a LEED certification that further enhances your business. You need not wait until you complete the training. You can attend some of their webinars and get started, improving your green business as you move ahead!
Green Appliances: With the cost of electricity going up, people are looking for appliances that reduce electricity consumption. Electrical appliances carrying the EnergyStar logo mean substantial savings. You can start a store or even a manufacturing unit to build appliances that save on electricity. An example of electricity saving product is the CFL bulb. If you are able to eliminate the need for electricity, you sell much better in the green market. An example of such an appliance is a solar water heater. Whatever you choose: sales or manufacturing, it is better to benefit through a franchise to get an edge over possible competitors.
Important: Think twice before using certain techniques to advertise your green business. NEVER use any method that sends out signals that you yourself are not maintaining green business principles. For example, if it is necessary to get business cards printed, get them printed using all green techniques to make people believe that you really mean green!