Start a Business for Under $500
Need a little extra cash and want to make money doing something you love? Here are fives simple businesses you can start on the side and let grow while you keep up with your other life.
What's the Latest Development?
Don't have the time, money or youth to move to Silicon Valley and look for venture capital funding? You can still start your own business and do it without putting everything on the line. In fact, starting a business on the side is a good way to get your feet wet as an entrepreneur. Considering doing something simple that you already enjoy, like baking. Brooklyn blogger and cupcake expert Nichelle Stephens says that, if you're not opening a storefront, $500 will get you going with basic cooking ware and cooling trays.
What's the Big Idea?
Becoming a notary public is a good side job since the world still needs official documents and more businesses rely on on-call notaries. Most states require would-be notaries to take a course. If you're a fitness buff or avid runner, you might be a good personal trainer. Step one: Share you weight loss story online. Step two: Inquire about a part-time position at a local gym to learn the ropes, then go independent. If you're an organized person, thank your lucky stars. Most people aren't. Find resources at the National Association for Professional Organizers.
Photo credit: shutterstock.com
What can 3D printing do for medicine? The "sky is the limit," says Northwell Health researcher Dr. Todd Goldstein.
- Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery.
- Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body.
- Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, is pioneering 3D printing in medicine in three key ways.
- The word "creative" is sometimes waved around like a badge of honor. We speak of creativity in hushed tones, as the special province of the "talented". In reality, the creative process is messy, open, and vulnerable.
- For this reason, creativity is often at its best in a group setting like brainstorming. But in order to work, the group creative process needs to be led by someone who understands it.
- This sense of deep trust—that no idea is too silly, that every creative impulse is worth voicing and considering—is essential to producing great work.
One of Stephen Hawking's predictions seems to have been borne out in a man-made "black hole".
- Stephen Hawking predicted virtual particles splitting in two from the gravitational pull of black holes.
- Black holes, he also said, would eventually evaporate due to the absorption of negatively charged virtual particles.
- A scientist has built a black hole analogue based on sound instead of light.
Normally, the landscape in this photo would be a white ice sheet.
- Climate scientists say that Greenland is experiencing ice losses that are unusually early and heavy.
- Two main weather factors are fueling the losses: a high-pressure system and the resulting low cloud cover.
- Greenland is a major contributor to sea-level rise.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.