21 Best Business Ideas in the Philippines

A lot of us seek financial freedom but unless you start a business and let your money grow even while you sleep, it’s difficult to just rely on a 9-5 job to make your dreams come true. We share here 21 best business ideas in the Philippines to help you choose what business to open.

Remember, it’s never too late to decide for your future and start a business, no matter how small or big your money might be. Did you know you can actually start a number of lucrative businesses even with just a small capital?

I. Business Ideas You Can Start for Free or for Minimal Capital

1. Online Freelance Services

While many people consider online freelance services as a job more than a business, it can actually be considered a business. Technically, you don’t have a fixed boss (although many freelancers also have a regular  boss).

You can start an online business offering freelance services. Hire writers, graphics design artists, web developers, and other team members to help you fulfill jobs for your clients. You can also work by yourself! Either way, it is a good business to start with no capital at all!

See – Online Freelance Businesses You Can Start Doing Today

2. Drop Shipping for Online Stores

There are a lot of online stores that actually give chance for resellers to earn money without physically sending them the items. Instead, the resellers are the ones who contact the clients to sell the products for the store but it is the store that sends the products to the customers.

This way, the reseller does not have to sell the items at a high marked up price because the shipping fees are minimized.

A great example for this is the t-shirt business we discussed on “How to Start an Easy, Hassle-Free Online T-Shirt Printing Business.

Business Ideas in the Philippines

3. Tutorial Business

In opening a tutorial business, you don’t really have to have a lot of money – but you do need to have skills! If you are good at something and feel that you can impart this knowledge to your students, then a tutorial business might be the perfect one for you!

You can provide tutorial services for kids to be more advanced in their lessons or, perhaps, teach them how to play musical instruments.

What’s great about this business is that you can do it on a part time basis.

See – 4 Steps for Starting Your Own Tutorial Center Business

4. Load Retailer Business

Looking for small business ideas that are sure to earn you a lot of money? Try selling prepaid load.

Everyone has a phone these days – and you can use yours to earn money easily! Prepaid load is a valuable commodity in the Philippines, whether Filipinos want to admit it or not.

You don’t even have to shell out a lot of money for this kind of business. All you have to do is buy the retailer SIM cards from the service provider, load up depending on your capital, and start selling prepaid load.

What makes this business awesome is that you can sell load anywhere you go – so can have extra cash even while you are working at the office or in school or going to some vacation.

See – How to Start a Prepaid Load Retailer Business with P500 or Less

II. Business Ideas You Can Start for Less Than Php100,000

5. Ukay-ukay Business

There are a lot of bulk sellers offering bundles of ukay-ukay clothes that you can buy for a cheap price and resell in your locality.

These bundles come cheap; although you are not assured of the quality of all the clothes but there are surely plenty that look like new or are of high quality that you can sell them at a higher price.

clothes shopThis type of business is perfect for all ages, especially baby boomers.

6. Bags and Shoes Reseller

Filipinos love to make sure their bags and shoes match their outfits; this is the reason why there are plenty of bags and shoes resellers online. To meet the increasing demand in your locality, you can start this business.

You can even find sellers who will allow you to simply order stocks from them according to sizes and designs. You don’t have to buy items that end up getting stocked in your house, unsold.

7. Pet Shop

Filipinos are pet lovers! If you are also an animal lover, then this business is good for you. Did you know that this can have a high return on investment?

Let’s say you bought a female dog of a certain breed and pedigree. You do have to shell out anything from Php5,000 to Php50,000 (or more!), depending on the dog breed. But once the dog grows, you get back the same amount back for each puppy you sell.

Now, remember that dogs have an average gestation period of 58 to 68 days – and they often give birth to more than one puppies!

8. Food Cart Business

Filipinos love food! You can bank on this fact by opening a food cart business. There are actually plenty of food cart franchises that you can open even for as low as Php25,000!

You do have to shell out some more cash to maintain and grow your business if the capital is this low. Still, it is great that people now have a chance to start their own business even without a huge capital.

See – Business Ideas: Affordable Foodcart Franchising Business

9. Rice Retailing Business

Rice is the staple food in the Philippines. Obviously, selling rice is a lucrative business because everyone, rich or poor, actually eat rice in this country! It is easy to sell rice.

All you have to do is find a supplier, buy a weighing scale (choose the one with a deep bowl), and set up your shop. Take note that this business requires sellers to get a permit from the National Food Authority (NFA).

See – Business Ideas: Franchising a Grainsmart Rice Business

10. Carinderia Business

Because Filipinos really love food and enjoy sampling various dishes, a carinderia business will never get out of style. All you need is a space for your carinderia and a good cook who can provide your customers with delicious food!

See – How to Start a Carinderia Using a Small Capital

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III. Business Ideas You Can Start for Less Than Php500,000

11. Meat Shop Business

When it comes to business ideas in the Philippines, you can never really go wrong with food.

Selling meat is also a good idea because Filipinos love to treat themselves with food. As long as you find the right supplier for your business and a person who knows how to cut and carve meat according to specific cuts/parts, then this business will bring you good money.

See – How to Franchise Monterey Meatshop

12. Photo Booths

Have you noticed how Filipinos love to take photos and share these on social media? Well, there’s also another new trend these days: photo booths! You do have to invest money on the photo booth which looks like a karaoke booth.

You also need to have some photo editing skills so you can create templates for your clients. Of course, you can always hire a virtual assistant to help you with designing for clients or use provided templates.

This kind of business is booming because Filipinos also love to party. Photo booths simply make parties and special occasions more fun!

IV. Business Ideas You Can Start for Less Than Php1 Million

13. Laundry Shop Business

With so many people so busy with their careers and families these days, they might not have enough time to do their laundry. This is why a laundry shop business is perfect, especially in busy towns and cities!

See – Tips on How to Start a Laundry Shop Business

14. Convenience Store Franchise

Filipinos enjoy having their basic needs provided near their homes. This is the reason why convenience store outlets like 7-Eleven are getting more popular.

The good news is that 7-Eleven now offers franchise options for less than Php1 million! You don’t have to shell out Php3.5 million for this type of franchise. This could be your chance to open a popular business without needing a lot of money!

See – 7-Eleven to Offer Cheaper Franchising: From Php3.5M Down to Less than Php1M

15. Lotto outlet

Lotto tickets are among the easiest to sell because a lot of people wish to take the chance of turning their Php10 or 20 to millions! That’s the easiest way to make a lot of money, after all.

Lucky for you, you don’t even have to buy a huge lot to open this kind of business. All you need is a small space (just at least 2m x 2m) for your lotto outlet. However, they will only approve locations that allow the store to face the main corridor or the road.

There are also special requirements for lotto outlets, such as ensuring that this is not near a school or other lotto outlets. You also have to place a bond with lotto’s Treasury Department (at least Php300,000 for cash bonds and Php700,000 for surety bonds).

For more information, see – Business Guide: Applying for a Lotto Outlet in the Philippines

V. Business Ideas You Can Start for Less Than Php2 Million

16. Catering Business

In this type of business, you do have to shell out a lot of money at first. You have to buy equipment for your kitchen and chafing dishes (which are actually quite expensive).

You also need various serving equipment that are nice and presentable. These include tables and chairs, table cloths of various colors and matching cloth napkins, etc. You also have to have at least one truck or van for delivery.

Your primary goal is to get a foothold in the local catering scene and get enough clients. Make sure you offer delicious food and excellent services. Business will soon pick up and you wouldn’t have to shell out more money for equipment.

See – How to Start a Catering Business

catering business17. Bayad Center Business

People these days have less time to go to all the offices of the utilities they have at home. So, bayad centers (payment centers) are becoming more popular as they only need to go to one place to pay all their bills!

A Bayad Center franchise will cost you around Php1.2 million. The good news is that you can place this kind of business in an existing store. You can operate both at your leisure. That’s like hitting two birds with one stone.

See – Business Guide: Franchising a Bayad Center

18. Drug Store Business

It is a sad fact of life that we get sick no matter how careful we are, no matter how healthy our lifestyle might be. This is the reason why a drug store business can be quite profitable.

Depending on the drug store brand you choose to franchise, you might need other extra requirements before your franchise application is approved. Many brands require that your location is near a hospital or busy public place such as a public market.

The capital you need will also depend on the brand you choose and other factors. You might need Php650,000 to around Php1.5 million for generic drug store brands.

See – Business Ideas: Franchising a Generika Drugstore

VI. Business Ideas You Can Start for Php2 Million or More

19. Gas Station

Gas has become a basic necessity for many people these days. So, a gas station business has become quite a lucrative business. Just notice how many of these are popping in your town/city!

While prime brands have costly franchise fees, you can now find lots of cheaper brands in the market. These brands offer franchise fees as low as Php250,000. However, you still have to invest some Php2 million or so to actually have a fully operational gas station.

See – Business Guide: How to Franchise Seaoil Gas Station

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20. Goldilocks Bakeshop

Franchise fees for opening your own Goldilocks bakeshop will only cost you about Php800,000. However, you have to shell out anywhere from Php6 million to Php8 million before you can actually operate the shop.

The good news here is that you don’t have to spend money on advertising. Goldilocks is very popular in the Philippines! Just make sure to pick a spot with plenty of foot traffic so people can easily find your shop.

See – How to Franchise Goldilocks Bakeshop in the Philippines

21. Fastfood Business

Alright, we placed this last on the list because not too many people can open this type of business quite easily as this does require a lot of capital to put up. For example, it’s at least Php20 million for well-known brands like Jollibee and McDonalds!

However, this is also among the most profitable business anywhere you open it, especially if you choose a good spot for your store. It is best if you have ample space to cater to parties and special events. You’ll also need to invest on vehicles for delivery service.

But if you have this kind of money simply lying around, then we highly recommend this business. You can team up with your family or find business partners to reach this amount, of course.

So, which ones of these business ideas in the Philippines is best suited for you? Don’t forget to invite us on opening day!