How to Start a Business on the Cheap

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Starting a Business with Limited Capital? Here are 5 Tips to Get You Going

There are a few things you can do to help make your business successful, even if you don’t have a lot of money to invest. One thing to keep in mind is that you don’t need a lot of money to get started. In fact, you can start a business with very little money.

As you grow and scale-up you will need to invest more money in order to grow your business. But in the beginning, it is best to be thrifty and do as much yourself as you can. Especially if this is a business you don’t much knowledge in. Throwing a bunch of money or going into debt may not be the best idea.

As you grow and learn the business more you will know better where to spend the money and where you can be thrifty. Rember most businesses don’t make much if any money in the beginning. You don’t want your dream to turn into a money pit.

Below are some ideas and tips to save money, while building up your dream business.


Make a budget for your new business

Starting a business with little money can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. The best way to keep on track is to start by writing up a budget for your business start-up costs. This will help you know what you may need to cut out in order to keep costs down. When to spend and when to find a free alternative.

You can use a spreadsheet or other software to create a budget for your start-up. There are many free programs and videos to watch to get you started. Having a clear outline of the costs will help you know what you have to spend now and what can wait for later.


Resist the temptation to spend too much money too fast

It can be tempting want to spend a lot in the begining of your business start up. It’s like a kid in a candy store, so much great stuff to buy. And it is easy to justify because after all you are investing in your self. This business could change your life and those around you. Plus if you have good tools it will make the job easier. 

These are all valed reasons but you need to control that erge and be practical. This is where your budget will help you see a detailed over view of how you should actually be spending your budget. Also many times you will see as you go that you don’t even need the tools you thought you did in the begining. Or you will find better ones for the job for a better price point. Especialy when it comes to digital products. It can be easy to overspend on things you don’t actually need. Look around at what you have already. Try to make due with what you already have unless you absolutly need something for the job.


Become a do it your selfer

I know you had that dream of not having to do any of the work, just hiring others to do it for you. You are the brains behind the operation and shouldn’t have to do it all. While I agree that hiring others is the way to go, this has to come at a time when you can afford to do so. As well if you haven’t gotten your hands dirty you won’t know the business well enough in order to find a good fit. You could waste a lot of money hiring the wrong person for the job and slow the growth of your business. 

Once you have been running the business for a while you will start to see areas where you can hire out some of the work. This will free up your time and let you focus on growing the business. If you don’t want actual employees you can hire a contract or piece worker. This way you aren’t having to do all the bookkeeping you would need to do for employees. 


Find cheap or free tools 

There are many free or cheap tools for starting your business. Maybe you need a website, you don’t have to spend a lot on some fancy website, try free or cheap alternatives. I use WordPress but others may be a bit easier for a complete novelist. I hear Wix is one and there are others. You can always get more professional as you go. As long as you own a domain that will match your business then you won’t be limited in the future. 

Maybe you need a Google maps listing. I find this is a great free tool you can use. You don’t need someone to set it up. It isn’t hard plus you will have control over your listing. If you haven’t done this before look up some free videos first in order to get you started. As well as those mentioned tools you will need some accounting software to keep track of your expenses. Your bank may offer some free or affordable. As well as other companies. Just make sure it is trusted because it will link to your bank account to keep track of your spending. Unless you want to input all the information manually. 


Network with other businesses to help each other

Going at things alone isn’t always the best approach. Especially when starting a business. By connecting with other businesses you can help your business grow in many ways and build lasting business relationships. This can be especially helpful in the beginning when money can be tight. Trading services or bundling yours with other companies can help you grow without having to fork out the cash. 

Another benefit is you can teach each other new ideas. Maybe they are an older established business so you will learn some of the mistakes they made along the way and avoid them. They may learn from you as a new business owner that isn’t so set in their ways and maybe is more exposed to new information. 

As well maybe you both offer different products or services that would help the same clients. By teaming up you can profit by promoting what the other doesn’t offer. Say for instance you are a writer and team up with a video producer. Or you install flooring and team up with a painter. This way you get more clients and save on advertising costs.


Closing thoughts about starting a business on a budget

Starting a business can be expensive, but with a bit of creativity, you can do it for a lot less. You will need to find opportunities that do not require a significant upfront investment, or else it will be impossible for you to start your own company with limited funds. Do your research, budget, and hold off on spending money too quickly. Evaluate your business along the way and be flexible and open to change. Don’t be afraid to ask others that may know others.

Being a business owner can be very rewarding but also a lot of work. Don’t get too stuck in your ways and not willing to change course. Your business may start out doing one thing but as it grows can shift toward other more lucrative ideas. Just look at Amazon for an example. So being flexible and willing to change with the times will help you in the long run.

This can be an exciting time for you in your life. If you do well this could change the course of your life. Just be organized and keep on top of things. It is easy to run a business to the ground if you don’t.