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Small Green Business Ideas to Jumpstart Your Cottage Industry
Going home-based can have a lot of benefits, not the least of which is the chance to turn it into a small green business. When someone says green, there are often a lot of misconceptions. The perception is that it would be expensive or large-scale, something better suited for a large corporation. However, the reality is that there are a number of small green business ideas that don t require multi-million dollar starting capital or big business performance capability.
The big players when it comes to making soaps are large manufacturers that have the resources to spend heavily on manufacturing and advertising. However, that doesn t mean that a home-based small green business dedicated to it can t find a niche to succeed in. Eco-friendly soap-making is relatively simple to do from the average home and has the potential to generate a decent income.
Crucial to succeeding at this are the following:
* A niche product that matches a niche clientele
* Creative approaches, such as shaping soap like animal characters or using bright colors
* Starting locally before slowly expanding both production and operations over time
This doesn t come up often when talk of small green business ideas happens, but it should. Business will pay money for the advice of an expert, even if they don t want to have the expert under their formal employ. Consultancy is basically the art of selling experience and know-how to companies that need it. People who know a trade or field better than anyone else can make a good income from being a consultant while also having very little actual environmental impact.
Old Tire Recycling
This small green business idea requires a bit of creativity. The number of tires that cars around the world go through every year is staggering. Some of them can end up being recycled, but a lot of them are just going to end up somewhere unused and ignored. A business focused on making all sorts of creations out of old tires needs creativity, but it can appeal to people and grab a market for itself. Here are a few examples on the creative uses for old tires.
Custom Lamps and Lampshades
This is another potential small green business idea that requires creativity. The basic idea is to turn random trinkets and items into a lamp or other light fixture. A creative eye and a touch for designing things are part and parcel of this type of business. For the most part, all that s needed in terms of materials are a little capital and simple tools.
For this small green business idea, all that s needed are creativity, a sewing machine and some old clothes to work with. Torn jeans, old rags, shirt that don t fit anymore all of that can be recycled and turned into something new with a little elbow grease and a lot of creativity.
Small green business ideas aren t something that everyone comes up with, but that doesn t mean there s a shortage of them. Green business ideas also aren t as expensive as most people think. In many ways, they can be very cost-effective and have as much potential to be profitable as anything else.
Lorna Li is a business coach, entrepreneur and Amazon rainforest crusader, with a passion for green business, social enterprise, and indigenous wisdom. She helps changemaking entrepreneurs harness the power of the Internet to reach more people and make a bigger impact, while designing the lifestyle of their dreams. She is an Internet marketing consultant to changemakers. and works with innovative tech startups, sustainable brands, social enterprises B-Corporations on SEO, SEM Social Media marketing.
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#cottage industry ideas
Earn money with a Cottage Industry
A small business, stand alone or supplementary
In the garden
If you have a large enough garden, it is possible to not only supply yourself with food, but make things from it to sell at good profit.
Take tomatoes and onions. You but two packs of seeds which will cost you no more than a couple of pounds. You sow from these 20 tomato plants and 150 onions (even then you will have only used about a third of the seeds !).
When they’re ready, rather than selling them at the gate, you make chutney and relishes from them and sell on the gate, at boot fairs or simply friends and their work colleagues.
Look at it as; the seeds cost me £1, if I sell them ‘out the ground as they are’ they’ll bring me £20, but if I make them into chutney I’ll get £100 !
Then there’s natures freebies such as horseradish – costs nothing, but made into sauce which is an easy and fast job, it’s 100% profit. There’s wild garlic, wild strawberries, blackberries, elderberry, all sorts of things.
Even stinging nettles can be eaten or made into hair tonics, as can rose hips.
A good look and read of a wild herbal recipe / medicinal / useage book is quite mind boggling.
Or just taper off one area from your garden and grow the same thing in it and sell that, flowers even.
The thing is that from a working point of view, the garden is mainly spring, summer and autumn work, but the actual results of your hard work are to be had all the year round.
The list could be endless, but if you have a skill and like doing it – use it to your profit.
Here’s a list of some things either I’ve done or other people who I know have done.
Build Rabbit hutches and sell in local paper and auction
House number and name plates
Wooden toy making
Wood carved dowsing pendulums
Find out the market for it and plan out how you’re going to target that market, all the financial outlays and plan accordingly. Even plan the escape route if you have to.
More ideas – Bird Boxes, Chicken Coops, Pet Runs, Chutney and more
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What is a business loan?
Most entrepreneurs who start their own businesses will need financing from outside sources from time to time. You need cash for essentials like inventory, payroll, equipment and marketing. Rather than dipping into your profits, a business loan can cover your costs while keeping your cash flow intact.
Is a business loan right for me?
Business loans can be extremely beneficial during a growth period, fluctuating cash flow or to prepare for a busy season. If you are considering borrowing money for your business, carefully consider how you will use the funds. If you know that taking the loan will put you in a position to pay back the loan quickly, a small business loan can be a great option.
Before signing on the dotted line, it’s important to have a detailed business plan in place to ensure your extra working capital will help drive revenue that ultimately helps you pay the money back. Create a plan of action for how to use your line of credit and how you will repay it.
To successfully scale revenue, you can use your business loan to:
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- Invest in quality equipment. Access to working capital can help you afford quality equipment, whether you’re leasing or buying new or used.
- Market your business effectively. Drive new customers and brand awareness through tools such as Google AdWords, Facebook ads, Twitter advertising and other online marketing networks.
- Expand your space. If you’re a brick-and-mortar business, your office or storefront is often the first representation of your brand. Make sure it’s a good one.
- Take a risk. Often the biggest risks can reap the biggest rewards. Without a business loan, you may not have enough extra capital to take risks that can pay off in the long run.
Kabbage provides working capital for a wide variety of businesses. While it’s not the right choice for startup businesses that need working capital to launch, it can be beneficial for a business that needs capital to grow. A Kabbage business loan can be used for hiring new employees, buying inventory, purchasing equipment and investing in marketing initiatives.
When a lucrative opportunity arises, you’re going to want to have extra capital on hand quickly. While banks typically take weeks and sometimes even months to approve a loan, Kabbage can get you capital in just minutes in your PayPal account, or it can be deposited to a traditional bank account in one to three business days.
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#financing a business
Financing a business guide
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Securing financial assistance to start your new business is directly related to the strength of your business plan and the research that you do. To be considered for funding from financial institutions or investors, you must demonstrate that you understand every aspect of your business, and its ability to generate profit.
What is a business plan?
A business plan is a written document that describes your business objectives and strategies, your financial forecasts, and the market you are targeting. Preparing your plan will help you focus on how to run your new business with the best chance for success.
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To run a successful business it is helpful to know who your customers are, what they want and how to reach them. You can go directly to your customers for answers (primary market research), or you can use information that already exists (secondary market research).
CBO can help you with your secondary market research. Contact us directly for:
- information about business associations, manufacturers, suppliers and competitors
- articles about consumer, business and industry trends
- Canadian consumer spending statistics and demographic data for market research
- sample business plans
- international trade data
The secondary market research service is offered free of charge and is available for people at any stage of business in Ontario.
Note: Research requests may take up to seven business days to complete.
Business advisory services
Find information about Ontario’s small business community, attend seminars, and access business publications at various in-person locations across Ontario.
Services vary based on regional needs, so we suggest you call ahead or visit your local office s website for more detailed information for your area.
There are many different ways to finance your business. Canada Business can help you find government programs that are available in Ontario.
Common sources of business financing include:
The Canada Small Business Financing Program (CSBFP)
By sharing the risk with your financial institution, the CSBFP may help you get up to $1 million to start, expand, modernize or improve your small business. To be eligible your business should have annual gross revenues of no more than $10 million.
You can use the loan to finance the cost of purchasing or improving fixed assets. For example, you could finance:
- buildings and land
- commercial vehicles
- business equipment
- leasehold improvements for a franchise
You cannot use the loan to finance items such as:
- working capital
- franchise fees
- research and development
To apply for this program, contact an approved bank, caisse populaire or credit union. The lending institution has the final say on the loan approval.
The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
If you can demonstrate that your business has realistic sales potential, you may be eligible for financing and management services from the BDC, Canada s bank for business. Learn about a variety of programs for business, including:
Ontario Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs)
You may be eligible for a loan of up to $150,000 to start or grow your business in Northern Ontario or in rural areas of Southern and Eastern Ontario. CFDCs provide financing to help new or existing businesses with start-up, expansion or stabilization plans that help maintain or create jobs. You can also take advantage of several business support services, including:
- business advice, counselling, information and referrals
- business planning
- export support
- entrepreneurial training
Please note that services vary based on regional needs. We suggest you call ahead or visit your local office s website for more detailed information for your area.
Futurpreneur Canada Start-Up Program
You may be eligible for a loan of up to $15,000 from Futurpreneur Canada.
To be eligible, you should:
- Be between the ages of 18 to 34
- Create a business plan for a business that will employ you full time
- Work with a mentor for two years
- Own at least 51% of your business
If you are approved for funding from Futurpreneur Canada, you may also be eligible for additional funding of up to $30,000 through a special partnership with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).
For more information or to apply for the loan, visit the Futurpreneur Canada website or call them to find the nearest office.
For applicants aged 35 to 39, you can also apply through Futurpreneur Canada and work with one of their mentors, but your financing terms and conditions are from BDC for a maximum loan of $45,000.
Financing search tools
To search for other financing programs, visit the Canada Business website. There are programs that apply only to businesses in Ontario, and others that are available across Canada. Use the search tool or browse by type of financing.
Municipal business programs
Your local municipal office may offer financing and support for your area. You can find the number for your municipality on the Association of Municipalities of Ontario website. Contact them directly to find out what is available in your area.
You can also find books, magazines and other relevant print material at business service organizations in your community. To locate a Canada Business Ontario (CBO) community partner, contact us at 1-888-576-4444 .
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How to Start a Candle Making Business
Decide what type of candle you would like to make. When you’re first starting out, it’s best to stick with one or two products. In candles, making container candles is probably the simplest, but you can also make mold candles or taper candles. 
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Pick a wax to work with. Waxes come in several main groups. Which group you choose is mostly based on preference.
- One group is paraffin, which is a by-product of petroleum. You can find it in a variety of melting points, depending on what type of candles you are making. For instance, you need a higher melting point for tapers than you do for container candles. 
- Another type of wax is beeswax. Beeswax is a product that bees make, so it has a natural, light honey smell. Some people prefer this wax because it is all-natural, though others will mix beeswax with other waxes for their candles. 
- A third category of waxes is vegetable waxes, where soy is probably the most popular. One benefit of soy wax is it is pure white, and it also doesn’t shrink up when you pour it, which means you don’t have to pour wax more than once. Bayberry wax is also in this category. 
Learn the technique. One of the simplest ways to learn how to make candles is to take a class in your community. You may be able to find one with your local parks and recreation department or even at your local community college. However, you can also find a wide variety of tutorials online. In fact, you’ll likely be able to find all you need to know online if that is your preference. 
- You can also check out books from your local library about candle-making.
Practice the technique. Before you start selling, you need to take time to build up your skill. Try working a little bit each day on your business, starting with practicing a bit each day.