5 small business ideas with little or no investment for women entrepreneurs

Starting a business is not everyone’s cup of tea. People who seek security like to stick to their jobs for a monthly income. But some people love to be their own bosses. When we think business we automatically imagine a man suited up, but in this era where women are not only working for jobs but also seeking to start their own business, we have listed some ideas that can be started with least or no investment and in a sector where women are leading.

Let’s have a look at them:

Floral House Accounts: House accounts are an excellent way to get into a floral business and keep a flow of supply. For that you need to tie up with corporate agencies or government offices that need bouquets for their tables to be changed daily or twice a week. You offer them a subscription and voila! Once they are used to the fresh pretty flowers on their tables, one would hardly cancel one.

Seasonal supplier: Use your extra time to be a seasonal supplier. A lot of those businesses are based on a hike of events or organic things. For example, wedding season, there is an immense demand of flower for arrangements. You can invest a little in that which goes a long way. It is one of the part time gigs you can do while having a job in hand. You just need to tie up with flower supplier and be a middlewoman for the floral wedding arrangement.

Landscape Designing:Landscape design focuses on both the integrated master landscape planning of a property and the specific garden design of landscape elements and plants within it. Any designing business is well suited for women who has an eye for detail. This does not need any investment as such you just need to have an eye for the details. You need to be thorough with the designs, climate and area to be able to come up with a plan which looks both beautiful and easy to maintain.

Nursery: If you’re a lady and you love flowers, here’s a perfect business to invest your time into. Being around flowers is a meditating business idea for sure, given you know how to take care of the plants. A well-maintained nursery and well cared-for plants look amazing and people would love to buy healthy flowering plants. If you do not want to buy plants from outside and you’re not eager to start a business ASAP try growing them from scratch with the help of seedlings. That way it’ll be much affordable.

Candle making: Get crafty with the innovative business of candle making, and it’s not as complex as it sounds. A small-scale candle making business can be a great way for the entrepreneurs for earning extra money or even a full-time income. All you need to possess are skills. If you want to get thrifty you can learn the basics online and try it. After you’ve made some candles, adorn them with an eye-catching label or tag complete with your company name and/or logo, contact information, and instructions for use. Utilize fully customized packaging to promote brand awareness. Sell them on a shop or online, whichever suits you.

With any business you need to be persistent. Don’t give up midway. That’s the reason why most people fail. They accept failure even before starting. Success comes to those who don’t accept failure even after the actual failure.

Natural room fresheners – Indoor flower plants

Global Air Freshener Market was valued at $10 billion in 2016 and is expected to reach $12 billion by 2023. And why not? We all prefer a nice smelling home because a good fragrance is naturally upliftings. For that, we spend a lot of money on perfumed liquids to spray or hang in our bedrooms, bathrooms or even cars.

However, sometimes it’s a little too harsh, and some people even complain that the fragrance does not last long enough. Also, we have limited options to choose from. 

So to overcome all these issues, we came up with the idea to grow indoor plants that are naturally fragrant. It would save you time and money and it is also eco-friendly as we eliminate the harmful sprays from the environment.

Below are some options for indoor plants would make your room smell like a god’s personal garden.

  • Lavender: One of the most common fragrances that resemble the one you get in air fresheners. It is more like a shrub and the flowers are long in pink or purple in colour with dark green leaves. It’s soothing and relaxing smell makes you calm and even help you sleep at night. It’s best kept in a bedroom near the window. The soil should be most so you need to water it in the morning and you’re good to go. 
  • Tea Rose Begonia: These tender blooms are light pink in colour and a perfect fit for your bedroom. The flowers help you relax, both when you inhale them and when they’re just around. The soil for these beauties needs to be moist and well drained and they do not need much sun either. You can even hang them in a pot and they’ll look just as good.
  • Jasmine: These are small flowers which are white in colour. It is a very popular flower around the world, especially in India because it is considered to be holy. They are also worn in hair in the south because of its pure white petals and tropical fragrance. These flowers bloom at night and are also called ‘raat ki rani’ or ‘chameli’ commonly. They are best kept in filtered light and moist soil, making them an indoor plant for your living room.
  • Gardenia (Gandharaj): In France, Gardenia is the traditional flower which men wear as boutonnières. It is not fairly easy to grow and this delicate flower requires some extra care. You’d need pre manured soil for its seedling but it may still take a while to grow. If the leaves are shiny and dark green, you’re doing everything right. Just keep it near a window because it requires ample of sunlight but when the little white flowers bloom, it’d be worth all the effort.
  • Frangipani: This is either white, yellow or red in colour. Generally, the flower is 2-5 inches wide and has a gentle and mild fragrance.  This one requires a lot of sunlight, at least 6 hours so it’s best kept in direct sun for its flower to bloom properly. The best place would be your drawing room in a spot of constant sun. The plant has dark green leaves and should be watered once every day in the morning.

Find all these plants, and a thousand more at the 14th International Flora Expo from 22nd – 24th February 2019 at Pune.

Bright and beautiful summer flowers to cheer up your garden

Heavy winters have passed and it’s time to work on our gardens because next up is springtime. We do not want to miss the opportunity to see stunning summer flowers blooming in the spring season.  

There are so many flowers that would add a splash of colour to your garden and would create such a positive vibe and peaceful atmosphere whenever you step out there. We have listed the most easily managed and pleasant looking flowers for your garden that would bloom in the spring season and would carry on till summer.  
You can buy either already flowering potted plants or grow them yourself via seeds and soil.

Daffodils: Generally white or yellow coloured flower, would grow anywhere. This flower is a hassle-free grow and would bloom in any type of soil as long as it’s well-drained. They generally bloom by March and would go on all summer. 4-6 weeks of carefree flowering every spring. You can even experiment with the white coloured flower by putting coloured water in the soil and watch it bloom in different colours.

Daffodils

Carnations:  These attractive flowers are mostly used in the decoration of auspicious events or weddings because they give such a rich look. These are pretty expensive because of the same reason. You can find them in white, light red, dark red, pink, yellow and purple colour. The wide variety in terms of colour is always in splashes on petals, so you never find two carnation flowers looking exactly alike. The best time to plant them would be February.

Carnations

Sunflowers: Sunflowers are the most famous summer flower, hands down, because of its heavy yellow bloom that always follows the sun. Apart from being in such warm yellow shade, these flowers are edible so you can always pluck them for sunflower seeds or boil its petals for some refreshing sunflower tea. The blooming takes place around 90 days after planting seeds so you may want to embed some seeds in a pot right now. 

Sunflowers

Roses: Finally, we’re talking about our favourite flower which is comparatively easier to grow from any of these. You just need to cut a stem from a live plant, place it in wet soil of basically any type and voila! Red roses are the most common and easily seen in Indian households. Roses have a variety of colour range from white to black covering basically every primary colour like blue, red and yellow in between. You really do not miss on such low maintenance fragrant flower that would brighten up any environment instantly. 

Roses

Bougainvillaea: Nothing screams “Indian summer” like pink and white flowers of Bougainvillea. It can foster extreme heat of mid-June and would grow anywhere. That is why we see them mostly hanging from the walls gracefully or in bunches at a park. With such low maintenance and hassle-free management, it is an Indian household favourite. The plant requires to be watered twice a day and the flowers would never lose the charm. 

Bougainvillaea

Magnolia: This little flower has the most breathtaking bloom in the month of April. Its plant can grow in a full-fledged tree full of flowers if planted on Earth. Magnolia flowers may be either white, pink or purple and all three looks exquisite when they’re in full efflorescence. Although being such a small delicate flower, they require some fertilizer in the first three months of the plantation. If you’re an intermediate level of a gardener or you can do your research before planting something, these flower plants are the best for you.

Magnolia