It’s a dream for many people to start a business. It is common for many people to give up their dream halfway through for fear of incurring huge investments. But we can start a business at home at a very low cost. The food business is the best option for that. A good amount of income can be earned by preparing chips, chapatis, ediyappam, unniyappam and pickles and distributing them to nearby shops or houses. There is no guarantee that only those who love cooking will be able to enter the food business. Those interested in business can look into this area with one hand.
Pickles, onion Vada ,and oily snacks are in high demand across the country. So housewives can earn a good income by preparing and selling these resources. Pickles and unniappam can be prepared using home facilities. With a very wide market and high demand, their sales will go high. Starting a small Unniyappa business can cost up to Rs 25,000. The Unniyappa business can earn more than Rs 1500 per day.
Pickle making is a venture that can be done without much physical effort for those who are interested in cooking. Properly covered, it will withstand a great deal of adverse conditions for about 6 months. Delicious pickles can be made with mango, lemon, gooseberry, lentils, garlic, chilli, nutmeg, fish, shrimp, beef and chicken. Pickle production can earn a profit of up to Rs 50,000 per month.
Idiyappam and chapati making is a venture that housewives and youth can start with low investment. Idiyappam and chapatis can be prepared and sold using items available from the home kitchen.Large scale business requires Idiyappam making machines. It will cost around Rs 85,000 to Rs 1,50,000.
These ventures can be started with a semi-automatic machine and a fully automatic machine. Semi-automatic machines for making chapatis will cost over Rs 1.5 lakh and fully automatic machines will cost over Rs 3 lakh. It is possible to make 1000 to 2000 chapatis per hour using such machines.
It costs around Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 3 lakh for mixing machine, chapati making machine, sealing machine and packing covers to knead the dough required for chapati. At the same time, a unit that can sell 1000 to 1500 chapatis per day can make a monthly profit of around Rs 50,000 after all expenses.
Low interest rate loans and government assistance are available to start such expensive ventures. The government has introduced a shelter loan scheme for women who want to start their own business. Loans are available through employment exchanges. Loans up to Rs 50,000 with 50% subsidy. In other words, if you take a loan, you only have to repay Rs 25,000.
In addition, the Enterprise Assistance Scheme (ESS) of the Department of Industries provides 25 per cent subsidy to women, ST, SC and youth entrepreneurs. Assistance is also available through the Prime Minister’s Employment Guarantee Scheme. Loans up to 95% of the investment under the scheme are available. All you have to do is pay 35 per cent subsidy and repay the remaining amount. No income limit is applicable for availing this scheme. Loans are available through the scheme to individuals and groups.