How To Start Your Own Business Without Borrowing Money

Many people would love to start their own business. You may be one of those people. What prevents you from starting one?

For most people the answer would be that they don’t have enough capital and cannot borrow enough money to start. But do you need money to start? There is a principle called ‘bootstrapping’ where you will start a business using the resources that you already have and then to earn enough money put back into the business and grow it. Many people are now known as Five to Niners. In other words they have a job then go home and work on their own business, reducing when possible the employed hours and increasing their self employed..

If you already have a phone, computer and printer you already have office equipment. Depending on the type of business you want to start you may already have other suitable equipment. For example if you wanted to do simple home repairs you will most  likely have tools suitable for jobs that customers would likely want you to do. If you start small you can do jobs that you have the equipment for or hire essential equipment for one off use. As you earn buy only things that are essential so that you can move your business to the next level.

If you want to start retailing set up an EBay store followed by your own Website when you can afford to. Bootstrapping is a great way to start as you will avoid debt and really appreciate the value of money and how to control it. This is a tried and tested method. You do not need to look for venture capital and huge bank loans. Find ways to borrow equipment, rent or buy secondhand if possible until you earn the money and you will succeed. Do not even contemplate hiring staff! Look to outsource things like sales and secretarial work when the need for these services arises. It is surprising how little it costs for the services of a virtual assistant to answer the telephone for you when you divert unanswered calls to them.

So many businesses that have had good cash investments or bank loans at the start fail because they simply spend more than they earn. With bootstrapping you will not do this.

Always remember that starting your own business is going to be hard work and success will not come overnight. Surround yourself with people that will support you and do not give up. Give value to your customers and find a way to be better not cheaper than others. Make sure that whatever business you want to start that you will love what you do and not to do it simply for money. Successful entrepreneurs are those that love what they do and work is not a chore but a pleasure.

Original article: How To Start Your Own Business Without Borrowing Money – written by Roland Millward on Factoidz

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6 thoughts on “How To Start Your Own Business Without Borrowing Money

  1. This is a great article and so true as well. It is surprising what you have at home that will help get your business off the ground.

    My accounting practice was started with a very minimal budget and certain things were purchased whilst I was still employed.

  2. I have the found the biggest reason why people don’t start their own business is because 1), they have been raised their whole lives to go to school, get good grades, and get a good job. This causes them to have an employee mentality vs a business owner one. Until they get screwed, then they might looking for other opportunities 2) “Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.”

  3. I know someone who has been thinking of starting their own business for the past 5 years but still hasn’t yet. They want the big picture right from the word go. I started on very little and have gradually re-invested. I’m not where I want to be yet but isn’t that the fun. Learning, growing and challenging yourself to get where you want to be and the knowledge that what you do you are doing for yourself.

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