Today, thanks to the rise of digital entrepreneurship and technology making it easier and more socially acceptable for pretty much anyone to start a business, it’s definitely become a pretty common and easy thing to do.
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However, although if you’re starting an online business you can pretty much do it for practically zero or at least very little money – depending on the type of business, of course, this isn’t really the case for all businesses that get set up and you’ll still need to make some investments to get your business up and running.
That doesn’t mean you have to find yourself in any kind of financial difficulty or get in over your head when it comes to starting your business. You can absolutely bootstrap this, and in this post, we’re going to share with you some useful tips in exactly how to that effectively.
When you have a service-based business, or even just a business that could potentially create add-on services to a product, then it becomes so much easier to actually start making money quicker without much expense to you. Products often have to be developed or bought and this will require an upfront investment in order to get the stock. However, services can simply be put together on paper and then delivered and paid for – they don’t take any money to create.
Cut your expenses:
Starting a business is an exciting time and often business owners find themselves caught up in cases of FOMO (fear of missing out) and bright shiny object syndrome in thinking they need to get every new app, software and piece of technology on the market. Really, in order to prevent overwhelm and keep costs down, then keeping it simple with expenses is the way to go because you’ll actually find that the basics are good enough. Many people think they need their own office, for example, but it’s just an expense that’s not necessary at the beginning. If you really don’t like the idea of working from home on your own, then a co-working space could be good alternative, and although not free, comes with a lot of perks, such as meeting other entrepreneurs, Wi-Fi and printing included, meeting spaces, and even cleaning services from companies like ServiceMaster Mercia.
If you know other people who are setting up or currently have their own business, then getting out there and putting your heads together is a great way to bootstrap your own and their businesses by combining your expertise and collaborating on things. This can help things like marketing become more efficient and effective, leading to clients coming in, as well as bringing money into the businesses.
Although bartering is not something you should be engaging in long term because it can devalue and cheapen your brand, in the beginning – especially when bootstrapping, then it’s perfectly okay to trade a few services or products with people who offer something that can help your business in exchange for you helping them. Bartering can include anything from website design, copywriting, marketing, and so much more.