Small Business ideas with zero investment | 20 Best Business Ideas In 2021

Last time I shared a super cool well-thought-out post on 30 business ideas for the Pakistani market with incredible ROI, in that post I discussed some really awesome business ideas that can give you a tremendous return on investment (ROI) although the majority of those ideas require if not the high then modest amount of investment.

Now if you really are serious about business, about earning some serious return like 25%-60% per Pkr then you should read that post thoroughly, not just that, every idea there, in that post I discussed in detail thus making it a lot easier for you to start work on one.

And if you want some sure stuff, that will deliver, no matter what, then here is a little thing that you don’t want to miss, 20 most successful businesses in Pakistan

So let me ask you something: honestly, you really think that you can start a business with very little investment? Do you really believe that? Are you really that deluded to think that you can earn handsomely with very little investment?

Well, maybe you are not quite deluded, foolish after all, because there are few businesses that can deliver quite handsomely with little to no capital.

I have made a list of five, I could make a list of 100 but then honestly that will result in information overload where you, the reader, won’t be able to decide which one to consider, so I believe 5 is beyond sufficient.

So let’s get to those not-so-super great businesses (just kidding dude!) that you can launch with almost no capital!

Small Business Ideas with zero investment

Taxi Point

Step One

Well, this one is an entirely new business idea but I guess it’s worth it, what you need is contacts of like 50 taxi drivers in a particular city and a smartphone.

That will cost you few days to get and obviously you have Smartphone with you, don’t you?

Step Two

Next thing is to make deal with each of those taxi guys to give you a certain percentage of customer money that you will find for him.

Third Step

You need to identify hotspots, spots where you think loads of people come and go and may need a taxi, this again may take 5-10 days to identify.

Fourth Step

Put a small tin plate or something at each of these hotspots on which your cell number is written along with something like “Get a taxi now in 10 minutes, SMS your location and we will send you a taxi right away in just 10 minutes with a minimum cost!”.

Fifth Step

When you receive a message from those hotspots, forward it to those fifty taxi drivers you have, and text back to the customer’s number to send you a taxi number as soon as he gets one.

That way you will know which taxi guy has taken your customer and so you can then demand that “certain percentage” from him at the end of the day.

That’s it, you may need to polish this idea further to close any loopholes, potential issues etc that may come as a hurdle to this idea’s success.

Packaging Store

Well, how about packaging rice, different pulses, sugar, etc for a very nominal amount like just for 3-5 Pkr, the idea is to buy a simple heat sealer (shown in the picture below) and different sizes (half kg, 1 kg, 2kg, 3kg, etc) of plastic packaging that will cost around one to two thousand Pakistani rupees.

Biryani Point

If you have figured out the above two business models types then you will easily understand this one too, all you need is a constant supply of fresh chicken, cut down in 12 pieces, rice, an experienced guy that can make delicious biryani, chairs, and tables, biryani stall equipped with heating, water and all that.


The whole thing will cost you around 50-120 thousand pkr.


Once you get all of that, second thing is to find a sweet spot where you can sell the stuff easily!

Some colleges, universities, government offices, NADRA offices, judiciary complexes, hospital, etc would easily make up as a sweet spot.


Here ROI varies between 30%-65%, which means when you invest one rupee in this business, you will earn somewhere between 30-65 paisas as profit along with earning back that one rupee.

Top small business ideas in Pakistan:

Freelance Business in Pakistan

It is one of the best online business ideas in Pakistan these days. Freelance is getting famous in Asian countries especially in Pakistan because Americans and Europeans often hire Asian freelancers to get their projects done at affordable rates.

They prefer to hire Asians because of the low labor cost. That’s why these days, online freelancing is becoming the most profitable small business in Pakistan in 2021.

Numbers of Pakistani students, employees, and even well-educated housewives are associated with this online home-based business to generate side income.

You can also start this business easily at home. All you need is to arrange a high-speed broadband Internet connection, showcase your skills like content writing, logo designing or web developing services, etc to make money online. Here are the Best freelance websites in Pakistan to get potential clients.

Content Writing Services

There are hundreds of thousands of sites and the majority of them require fresh content to update their websites. If you’ve good command in English (as most websites are in English), so you should start offering your content writing services.

You just need to offer your writing services via freelancing sites or alternatively, you can directly contact website owners to propose/render your services.

Further, you should also make a good portfolio for the showcase. You can make your attractive & catchy LinkedIn, About. me, and Twitter profiles to attract potential clients.

Further, if you start writing guest posts for top blog posts, it will also help you to build your strong portfolio. If your seller/employer asks you to show any writing sample, send it.

3. Ghost Writing

Writing is an art. If you’re an expert in writing, then sell your writing services. Ghostwriting basically writing contents, books, and novels on behalf of others.

But in ghostwriting, you’ll get paid but your name will not be acknowledged. To make money with ghostwriting, you need a laptop, internet, and good writing skills.

4. Online Virtual Assistant Services

A virtual assistant is basically a self-employed person who renders professional services i.e. technical, creative or administrative to clients remotely from home.

Skills are an important factor because without skills you cannot provide excellent services.  So, this is another micro-business idea that you can start a small scale.

5. Resume Writing Services

Numbers of graduates are looking for jobs in Pakistan. Majority of them lack resume writing skills. If you are working as HR manager and know everything about CV writing strategies, then you can help the job seekers in making their good resumes so that they can get their desired jobs.

6. Tutoring Services

Teaching is becoming one of the best lucrative small business ideas in Pakistan. If you hold bachelor/master degrees and also have a good grip on some specific subjects, then offer your tutoring services to students. You can also teach your students online using Skype and earn money online.

7. SEO Consultancy Small Business in Pakistan

SEO means Search Engine Optimization. According to Forbes, the worth of SEO industry is $80 billion dollars. And still, this industry is growing.

The main reason behind immense growth of this industry is that almost all website owners want to increase web traffic. To increase web traffic and search rankings, website owners often hire SEO experts or even SEO agencies to optimize their websites.

This is one of the best small business ideas in Pakistan which you can start with a very low investment. In fact, it is one of the new small business ideas for students in Pakistan. If you don’t have enough funds to start an office, don’t worry. Start from your home.

To start this successful small business in Pakistan, you should have your own website and make a portfolio to secure clients. At the same, you should update your SEO knowledge and skills because it is broad niche.

8. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is performance-based marketing. In simple words, if you sell a product/service on behalf of other, you’ll get paid commission.

The market size of affiliate marketing is growing day by day. Companies often pay high commissions if people sell their products/services. It is expected that the size of affiliate marketing will reach to $6.8 billion by the end of 2020, says Huffington Post.

You can also make money with affiliate marketing. First, you need to sign up on affiliate marketing networks so that you can get the affiliate links of products/services. Here are some affiliate marketing platforms you should join now:

  • Shareasale
  • CJ Affilates
  • Amazon Associates

You can earn money though referring friends to purchase products or services from your affiliate links. Alternatively, you can also sell through Quora answering, or through blogging.

9. Social Media Consultancy

Social media consultancy is another good and profitable business idea in Pakistan that doesn’t require a lot of investment. To start this business, you should be good in

  • Modern Advertising
  • Building relationship
  • Targeted Traffic / ROI
  • Content management
  • social media strategy
  • Personalized service

10. Start Your YouTube Channel

If you want to start a home-based business in Pakistan, consider this idea. Though, it is not a new business idea but still it is unique, useful and implementable.

These days, people consume videos for several purposes such as learning, increasing knowledge, or just for entertainment purpose. Forbes reveals that videos will get 80% of web traffic by 2019 and obviously more increase in 2020 & 2021.

It means that internet users prefer to watch videos instead of reading lengthy contents. You can make your own YouTube channel free of cost and start making money from AdSense hosted account.

If you want to make your channel as brand, you may need to buy video editing software to make eye catchy YouTube Videos.

Some YouTube channel Ideas I can share with you such as:

  • Home based cooking Channel
  • Entertainment Vlogs
  • News Channels
  • Reaction Channels (share your reviews & feedback on songs, movies & games)
  • Mobile Reviews
  • And a lot more.

11. Web Development and Designing Services

Offer web development services in Pakistan. You can also offer your web developing services abroad using freelancing sites. You can also offer further services for example:

  • Making WordPress Websites and Customization Services
  • Offering Services in different languages like PHP, JAVA, C++ or .Net development
  • Software Development, customization and maintenance

If you start this business in Pakistan at home, you will not need any kind of significant investment. However, if you launch this startup professionally, then you’ll need to arrange an office for business activities. If you set up an office, then you will need to allocate some funds.

12. Graphic Designing Services

Graphic designing involves creating visual products. In graphic designing, here are more small business ideas in Pakistan which you can start and become professional in it. For instance, making:

  • Logos
  • Letter heads
  • business cars
  • Flyers
  • Brochures
  • Postcards
  • Posters
  • Product packages
  • Customized T-Shirt Designs (It is lucrative business idea and requires low investment)
  • Presentations
  • Annual Reports
  • Illustrations

Offer your services to local clients and make a living.

13. Crafting Business Plans

Business plans are important for startups because it ensure a road map and highlight strategies on how to achieve the goals and objectives.

There are several people who want to launch a startup, but they don’t have professional business plans for fundraising or securing bank loans. Write good business plans and get paid for your services.

14. Editorial Services

As I mentioned above, there are numbers of websites where dozens of contents are published on daily basis. To upload, review and edit the content, professional and experienced editors are often required by the big websites.

If you are an experienced blogger and have sound knowledge of editorial practices, then consider this online startup idea in Pakistan. Further, there is no investment required to pursue this idea.

15. Stock Photography

Stock photography is another one of the profitable small business ideas in Pakistan. To start this business, you need minimum 1-lac investment to buy a professional camera i.e. DSLR.

It is important to note that photography skills are also important in the success of this business. So, you should learn it first, do internship and gain reasonable experience to start this business. Here are five best tools that can greatly assist you to build your photography business.

Small Business Ideas in Pakistan with Low Investment

16. Blogging or Starting a Blog in Pakistan

For many people, blogging is a hobby. But for others, blogging is a good source of income and make a living in Pakistan. Numbers of Pakistani bloggers are running and managing successful blogs and they are making lucrative income per month. If you have good writing skills and then start blogging.

Initially, you’ll have to invest on content writing. If you write more SEO optimized and google friendly contents, more people will visit your website. To make money from blogging, you can place Google AdSense or advertisements. At the same time, you can also make money from affiliate marketing.

There is very little investment required to start your own blog. For instance, you need to buy domain name and hosting.

I recommend you to purchase domain and hosting plan from Namecheap. The cost of domain and hosting plan will not more than $30 (Rupees 3,000 – 4,000) at initial stage.

After that, you’ll need to buy premium theme for blogging. Themeforest is one of the largest online marketing place where you can explore variety of themes for your WordPress site and buy your favorite one.

17. Podcasting

Podcasting is creating, uploading and distributing audio files online. Basically, you create a blog/website and upload your series of audio files. In audio files, podcasters discuss topics like business, marketing, technology and even discuss about fashion and entertainment.

If you’ve know how about podcasting and have good voice, then why not you try this niche. You’ll not only share your thoughts with your followers, you can also start podcasting marketing.

Sponsors will pay you if you market/advertise their products/services in your podcast episodes. To starting this business, you’ll need a website, microphone and good internet connection.

Since, starting a podcasting online will require little bit investment but you’ll also have to pay to hosting companies on monthly basis to manage your podcasting website.

18. eLearning Websites

These days eLearning is getting famous around the world. The main reason for eLearning popularity is that people can access their online courses anywhere in the world.

They just need a laptop and data connect. Some good examples of eLearning sites are Coursera and Udemy. These are online membership sites where people can buy online courses for eLearning.

You can also make similar websites in Pakistan and students can buy online courses. If you want to make website for selling online courses, then you can start with 1 lakh rupees investment business in Pakistan.

However, the escalation of cost depends on the functionalities of the websites. If you want to add more advance features in your eLearning website, you’ll have to increase your budget.

19. Online Book publishing

Write your books and sell it on Amazon or any other store where books can be sold easily. You’ll get paid whenever someone purchases your book after deduction of website commission.

20. Wedding Planning Services

Wedding is an important day for many people. To make it a memorable day, people hire wedding planners to plan their wedding ceremonies. You can become a wedding planner if you know how to

  • Prepare wedding budget
  • List details including type of music, color scheme, lights, and refreshment plan
  • Find best photographers, DJs and florists
  • Deal with vendors
  • Manage and supervise wedding day activities
  • Design honeymoon plan

To start this business, you may need to spend some money on your marketing and advertising of your services.

21. Selling Insurance Plans in Pakistan

The market size of insurance industry in Pakistan is relatively small when it is compared to other countries. But from last few years, the demand of insurance plans has been increased in Pakistan.

If you are good in marketing, start selling insurance plans. You will get insurance commissions.

22. Consultancy Business

The scope of consultancy business is bright in Pakistan. You can render your financial, marketing, career counselling and tax consultancy services in Pakistan. Here are some consultancy business ideas in Pakistan:

  • Business Registration in Pakistan
  • Tax Registration and Income Tax Return Filing
  • Bookkeeping and Accounting Services
  • Tender Management Services
  • Tax Compliance and Consultancy Services
  • Audit & Assurance Services (Internal, External & Agreed Upon Procedures)
  • Business Advisory Services in Pakistan
  • Secretarial and Corporate Advisory Services in Pakistan
  • Business Process Automation
  • Actuary Services
  • Outsource & Offshore Services
  • Marketing Companies
  • Engineering Consulting
  • Real Estate, Builders, Construction & Project Management etc.

Your clients will pay you if you are render top notch services.

23. Online T-Shirt Business

Selling custom shirts is a good home based online business idea in Pakistan. You will need to create a Facebook page and invite your friends to like and share your business page.

Once you will get hundreds or thousands of page likes. Upload and showcase your quality work on it. If buyers place online orders then negotiate prices with them and sell your products online. To deliver at buyers’ doorstep, you need to hire courier services in Pakistan.

Likewise custom shirts printing business, you can also sell watches, sun glasses and jewelry online.

24. Fries Chips

In the list of small business ideas in Pakistan, Fries Chips business is a good business idea to make handsome income on monthly basis. Believe it or not, starting a fries-chips business is also considered as a profitable business with low investment in Pakistan.

People doing this business are earning RS 3000 – 5000 per day. If you are not highly educated but still want to start this low-cost business, then this startup is waiting for you.

All you need a proper location, burner and all related material which are usually required in making the fries chips. Before you start this business, you should choose a right business location because good location can play a great role in your small business success. Check out these 25 Profitable Food Business Ideas which you can start today.

25. One Dollar Shop

This is another great startup idea in Pakistan which is currently being practiced in various cities especially in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Karachi and Lahore.

The good thing is that buyers can buy any products having price under one dollar or equivalent to Pak Rupees. If you start this business, you can generate good income.

Profitable Small Business Ideas in Pakistan 2021 With Medium Investment

26. Ridesharing

You can register your car with ridesharing companies in Pakistan i.e. Uber or Careem. After registration, you’ll become a captain and you can provide pick and drop services to passengers.

It can be a full time business or you can also make it a part time business in Pakistan. To start this business, you will need your own car. If you don’t have car, you can apply for car loan or car financing from banks.

27. Tourism Agency in Pakistan

Need tourism small business ideas in Pakistan? Why not you start your own tourism agency in Pakistan.

Tourism sector is reviving in Pakistan. After successful war against terror in Pakistan, this industry is expanding. The arrival of foreign tourists has been increased in last few years. According to Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation, 1.75 million foreign tourists visited Pakistan last year.

You can start your tourism agency. You can offer your travel and tourism planning services to tourists both locals as well foreigners to visit best places in Pakistan.

28. Event Management and Coordination Services

At number five, offering event coordinator services is also the one of the most profitable small businesses in Pakistan. For many people, event organizing and managing is little bit a difficult task.

You can offer your catering and decorating services in events. Advertisement is necessary to spread the word. Publish your business cards and distribute in your friends and family. If someone will be interested in your services, they will contact, hire and pay you.

29. Bird Farming

For many Pakistanis, bird farming is a best business in Pakistan. If you want to start this business, you will need to buy some bird pairs and let them multiples.

Keep in mind; some bird species are very sensitive so they need care, proper environment and good feed. Within a short time, they will be in multiples.

Visit your nearest birds or pet market and sell them. You can sell them individually or in a pair. Price vary from one specie to other, but normally each bird cost is 2000 minimum while a pair can be in 5000 minimum.

If you don’t have much investment, then create a website where seller and buyer can directly sale and purchase birds. You can take commission on each transaction. This one of the lucrative small business ideas in Pakistan you should try if you love birds.

30. Dairy Business

In the list of top business ideas in Pakistan, starting a dairy business is also a profitable business in Pakistan.

Dairy products are highly demanded by Pakistani people, so you should invest in it. To start this business at low scale, you need to purchase few goats or cows and supply milk/dairy products to its final users.

31. Auto Spare Parts

Pakistani people usually use second-hand automobiles. For proper maintenance, they are always in need of auto spare parts. All you need is to buy a shop/ get shop at rent to start this auto spare parts business.

Similarly, when it comes to online business ideas in Pakistan, you can also start selling auto spare parts online. You just need a good looking eCommerce website, good seo and social media marketing to get starting.

32. Buy and Sell Luxury Cars

Pakistan is the only country where the prices of second-hand luxury cars increase with the passage of time. If you can buy a luxury car, hold it for some time then sell it in high price.

At the same time, you can also become car broker / car dealer. You don’t need to buy a car, just find buyer and seller. Connect them and earn your commission from both sides.

33. Real Estate Agency

If we talk about a “business with low investment and high profit in Pakistan”, then we really need to talk about the Real Estate Sector. It is one top small business ideas in Pakistan which can be implementable from small scale but later it can become a profitable venture for you.

The real estate business is quickly popping up in Pakistan. In fact, it is a profitable business in Pakistan which can started with little investment. Agents earn good commissions on property selling transactions. For small transactions, they usually charge 2%, while 1% for big property deals from both sides.

34. Rent your Commercial Property

It is a conventional but still a best business in Pakistan. If you have a commercial property then rent it. You will receive rental revenue on monthly basis.

35. Selling Smart Mobile Phones in Pakistan

Selling Smart mobile phone is a successful business in Pakistan. That’s why it is included in list of small business ideas in Pakistan.

Recently, Pakistan Advertisers Society published a report in which they state that 70% people are using smartphones. 60% of people are using more than one cell phone. Similarly, 68% people are using Android smart phone.

It is expected that this sector will grow. You can start your mobile phone shop in your local area. Alternately, you can launch your own mobile phone selling website. Do good SEO and sell your mobiles online.

36. Agriculture Business in Pakistan

Agriculture sector is the backbone of Pakistan’s economy. It accounts for 21% of our GDP. If you are looking for profitable agriculture business ideas in Pakistan, then you’re pretty much on right track. Because this sector is growing and has bright future in Pakistan.

Some agriculture small business ideas in Pakistan include

  • Organic farming is a innovative business in Pakistan
  • Honey farming is another low investment business opportunity in Pakistan
  • Vegetable farming
  • Livestock Feed Manufacturing
  • Dairy farming
  • Poultry farming
  • Fish farming
  • Rabbit farming is unique startup business
  • Soy production
  • Fruit canning
  • Agri product packaging
  • Cold storage houses is one of the most profitable business ideas in Pakistan. However, you will sound investment to start this setup.
  • Selling / Agri products or equipment

Soon, I will share more agriculture startup ideas that can be choose to start your small scale business in Pakistan with low investment.

Investment and Business Opportunities in Pakistan 2021

Following business ideas require sound investment because these are big business opportunities in Pakistan and you can earn good returns on it.

36. Investment in Pharmaceutical Sector / Medical Research

No doubt, starting a pharmaceutical company or medical stores are profitable and best business in Pakistan. But if you’ve sound investment, investment on medical / pharmaceutical research.

Come up with new medical solutions, medicines or medical treatments and get patents. After that, sell it or export to foreign countries and get rich.

37. Business Opportunities in Energy / Renewable Energy Sector

From last two decades, Pakistani people are facing power and energy crises. If you want to invest your money in some profitable small businesses in Pakistan, then consider this sector. It is good investment opportunity in Pakistan especially for foreign investors and entrepreneurs.

According to the list of most profitable small businesses, owners of power-houses are enjoying 14.02% net profit margin.

Renewable energy is also a new concept because it is future of energy sector. Invest today and reap your rewards in future.

38. Import and Export Business Ideas in Pakistan

In Pakistan, this sector is highly unbalanced. We have more imports than Exports. Because of this, current account deficit often increases.

To fill this gap, the Government of Pakistan is promoting export businesses so that can generate good remittances as it can reduce the current account deficit. This sector has potential and you can make good returns by exporting Pakistani made products and services.

If you do this, you’ll not only generate good revenue but also help the Pakistani economy. Further, the tax authorities also give rebates and or even completely exempt the foreign sourced income from income tax. Some of the general import and export business ideas in Pakistan are as follow:

  • Become an import & export consultant
  • Import spare parts, electronics, tech and home accessories
  • Become a custom agent for custom clearing process
  • Warehouse renting for import and export
  • Cargo Tracking Services
  • Import and Export Inspection Services
  • Exporting IT Services

There are several other small business ideas in Pakistan available for you. Before you choose any business ideas in Pakistan, make sure you have enough experience, skills and investment to start a startup business. These investment opportunities are as follow:

Other Business Ideas in Pakistan

39. Auto detailing

40. Parking stand for bikes and cars

41. Starting an online ladies garments is a good home based business idea in Pakistan.

42. Starting a restaurant is a best small business in Pakistan.

43. Bakery items/Home-made goods is good 5 lac investment business in Pakistan.

44. Furniture manufacturing and selling

45. Starting a fashion designer dress boutique in Pakistan

46. Event DJ services

47. Make Up Artist is another 1 lac rupees investment business in Pakistan

48. Sell kid toys Online in Pakistan – new small business ideas in Pakistan

49. Starting a Gym/Exercise trainer

50. Poultry Farm/Meat selling small business ideas in Pakistan

51. Animal Farming

52. Sugarcane Farming is highly profitable business idea

53. Bee Farming and Sell Honey Products is good small trading business in Pakistan

54. Transport is also the one of the best small business ideas in Pakistan

55. Exporting Agricultural/Dairy products and dry fruits internationally is good small import-export business ideas in Pakistan.

56. Builders and Construction is the best business in Pakistan with 20 Lakhs

57. Medical Billing Services (It requires high investment and certification)

58. Influencer Marketing

59. Starting your Hotel

60. Domain & Website Flipping

61. Clothing business is another small manufacturing business idea in Pakistan.

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