” I had a couple of old friends coming over for lunch, and two ideas came up.
First, I could reach out to each of them ask what they’ll like to have.
Secondly, I could just guess based on experience with them and just make some meals.
Starting a business without money is similar to the scenario above. First, you could choose to be like everyone and start looking for gaps in other businesses that you could fill with brilliant ideas, or create something that will appeal to a number or category of people. Usually, this type of business stems from trying to solve an existing problem. Well as great as that is, lack of capital can hamper the development especially when you can’t get an investor or grant to fund the business idea–you meet a dead end.
However, like the second idea of the lunch scenario, you can do a review of what you have in terms of skills, money, and connection. Based on what you have, you can generate an idea that will be quite easy to establish–now, that’s how to start a business without money. For example, if your skills rendering some services like repairing equipment, start by rendering the services to friends and family. Next, you may partner with an online service store and gradually work your way up the ladder.
However, what if you have other business ideas? Let’s discuss a couple of things necessary to start without money.
What do I possess?
Ask yourself what you possess that can aid in starting a business. What service or skill can you offer? What experience has gathered over the years that can prove helpful? Who do you know? What resources can you tap into?
These questions bring you to the reality of what can be created based on available resources. Answers to these questions will assist in making a wise decision to start a type of business that will not get stuck at any stage due to lack of funds.
Your connections; can you partner?
Connections are quite valuable. Look around to see how your relationship with others can be of benefit. You may know someone who can give useful insight or someone with resources that can boost your startup.
The idea of partnering with others also sounds good. In that way, your partnership will account for some developmental moves that will remove excessive burden off your back. For example, an entrepreneur who crafts lovely shoes may partner with an online store. The online will take care of the advertisement and delivery for such an individual.
Always endeavor to invest what will not adversely affect you. It applies money-wise, in terms of time, and taking risks. As an entrepreneur with no money, time is your next valuable asset–invest it wisely.
The belief that an entrepreneur needs to quit a present job to focus on a startup, may be detrimental to both the entrepreneur and the business–and that will not be a wise investment of time. Regardless of how much one wants to start a business without any money, there still some unavoidable little expenses. So, a job will help to sustain your dream, and given this, it’s best to create a schedule of how much hours will be devoted to a startup such that the present job won’t be affected. The same applies when investing an amount from personal savings. It’s always advisable to invest what you can afford to lose.
Be adaptable to changing circumstances
Change is constant, and technology plays an important role. Success requires adapting to change as necessary. Choosing to stick to a particular business pattern can lead to loss especially when the vast majority of similar service providers and customers have shifted to a new method.
While established and longstanding businesses may find it hard to swiftly adapt, a growing entrepreneur can use that as an advantage. A quick realignment and change to a new and popular approach of business will prove beneficial. Sometimes change gives the opportunity to not only serve more people but also to see more opportunities and avenues of growth.
Businesses that can start with zero to limited capital
Of course, not all businesses may thrive well without capital. Some may even require large capital to run smoothly. As mentioned at the onset, some businesses will run quite smoothly with limited or no capital. Let’s look at some.
Skill-based business involves using knowledge of a craft to start a business. This type of business usually requires less capital. It mostly requires getting positive reviews and a big customer base to become successful. For example:
An ex-sportsman wanting to create a coaching school. He may start with coaching sessions in the neighborhood and gradually grow.
A former teacher may start extra lessons on the internet and get paid hourly or per session until she grows big and sets up a website.
An individual with the knowledge of property can create a website that brings buyers and sellers together
With the advent of technology, an entrepreneur with vocational skills can craft products of high demand such as shoes, bags, or other fashion accessories. Then, create an online store or partner with one.
Music, comedy, and acting are also businesses that can be started with little or no limited capital. Book writing also falls into this category.
From the few examples considered, you can also come up with unique ideas that can thrive over time.
Challenges of starting a business with no money
Majorly, the owner solely runs the business without help. This happens since there are no employees due to low capital. The effect of this on the business owner is possible burn-out and stress, which may affect the output of the business. The best way to deal with this is by training new people with interest and bringing them on board to provide help as necessary.
Starting a business without or low capital is not impossible as some may think. True, the progress may not be as fast as when there is enough capital. However, by taking advantage of your skills, evaluating the resources available, being flexible, seeking to partner with good connections, and adapting to methods, you can be successful.