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How to start a business with very little (or no) money

Julianne Leybag
26 July 2018 3 minute readShare
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Starting a business with very little if not zero capital is possible, contrary to what most people think. My Business discusses how individuals can start their own small business despite having very little money.

Before budding entrepreneurs can start a new business, they usually need to secure the right amount of capital which covers everything from equipment financing to emergency funds. Most people think that a business can’t start without capital, but there are actually various ways for individuals to start a business with zero capital.

Take note of the following points when developing low-cost business ideas:

  • Maintain a day job
  • Analyse the market
  • Develop a killer business idea
  • Seek out potential investors
  • Gather market feedback
  • Consider getting a business loan

Maintain a day job

Keeping and nurturing a practical streak is essential for individuals who are exploring business options with a small amount of capital. The initial stages of starting a business will typically render zero profit, making it important for entrepreneurs to keep their day jobs at least for the time being.

Having a day job while embarking on a new business ensures that business owners have a steady income stream while the business is still in its developmental stages. This also ensures that they are safeguarded against all possible risks. In the absence of a day job, risks are significantly lowered.

While this requires individuals to put in longer hours and make more sacrifices, keep in mind that this will make things easier once the transition from employee to business owner takes place.

Analyse the market

Entrepreneurs don’t have to worry about small business costs, at least in this particular stage in their business. Conducting a thorough analysis of the market and its audience is important to map out the business’ competition and develop what makes their business unique.

What if the business idea is already present in the market and has a loyal following? How will the business shape up against competitors? Answering these kinds of questions not only helps the business idea improve and develop but also helps business owners prepare for investors who might ask the same questions in the future.

Develop a killer business idea

Business owners should keep in mind that their business is only as good as their business idea. Working on a business idea and consistently making improvements to it is important if entrepreneurs want to make their business work without the assurance of a capital source.

If the business itself is backed by a business idea that is unique, brilliant and profitable, the business will have no problem attracting investors and creating profit in the near future.

In order for a business idea to reach this stage, business owners must first determine the needs and preferences of their target market to determine whether or not their business is truly a standout in the industry they’re getting into.

Seek out potential investors

Business owners don’t have to worry about capital if they are able to attract a good set of investors willing to invest in the business and help it grow. But how can budding entrepreneurs secure investors? This can be done by presenting a business idea that is well-developed and profitable.

Entrepreneurs can seek out potential investors by participating in conferences, forums, bazaars and weekend markets relevant to their industry where investors are more likely to be present. They can also consider crowdfunding to secure investors.

Gather market feedback

No matter how good a business idea might seem on paper and in theory, keep in mind that things might be different once the idea comes to life and gets applied to the industry itself. This makes market feedback important for fledgling businesses.

Gathering substantial market feedback helps business owners determine whether their business idea is feasible enough to be released in their chosen industries or if the idea needs more polishing and revision to make it more suitable to the preferences of the target audience.

Consider getting a business loan

If capital is really needed and business owners do not have enough finances to spare, getting a business loan might be a good idea to secure a startup capital minus the financial burden, at least for the time being.

Financial institutions such as banks and small business lenders can offer assistance to new businesses as long as an individual has a good credit history and is able to justify the need for a business loan.

However, business owners also need to keep in mind that repaying business loans take a long time and could become a burden to the business, especially if the business fails to make payments on or before the deadline.

Business loans also have accompanying interest rates which are paid along with the original business loan, affecting the business’ monthly outflow if finances are not well-taken care of.

How to start a business with very little (or no) money
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