We are in the information age and information sells. In fact, we have moved from a time when a person hesitated purchasing anything they couldn't see, to a customer demand for services such as consulting. These business ideas are particularly low cost because they don't require the materials to build a product. In fact, there are many business ideas that are low cost.
Tutoring. Tutoring is becoming more and more common as a home-based business. When people think of tutoring, they usually think of reading, writing, and arithmetic. However, many people would pay to find out how to can fruit, or how to build a web page. There are many possibilities and the best way to figure out what you have to offer is to write a list. Include everything you do well and put it in order of how enjoyable it is to you.
Newsletters. Many organizations and small businesses do not have the time or skill to put together a newsletter. Yet, newsletters are strongly desired among groups because it has a way of bringing people together or giving them a little break of sorts from the work at hand. For this business you can do anything from just putting the content together in an attractive form and printing, or you can create the newsletter and the articles from start to finish.
E-Books. E-books are books in electronic format. These books do not have to go through a publisher and can be sold on your own site or through a third party. This business can include E-books in any genre you'd like. However, how-to books tend to sell the best. If you have ever wanted to try your hand at writing, this could be your chance to start your writing career and develop your very own business. You would be killing two birds with one stone.