Starting A Business is Free
There are so many people who want to be their own boss. A lot of people ask my how I started my business, how I found clients, what I invested as startup costs, what paperwork did I file, and more.
Here’s the thing. Before you invest in any websites, marketing, ads, paperwork, accounting software, new desk chair, ANYTHING, you need to make sure you have a viable business.
Just do it. Find literally ONE person who will pay for your services. Do your best for them, and get paid. Ask them for referrals.
Reach out to friends or family who might know of someone who could use you, reach out on social media, LinkedIn, look on Craigslist and respond to ads.
Start immediately working with people.
I started my writing business with a $0 investment. I didn’t have any tools or systems in place, no website, no ads, and no home office.
For the first 3 months, I worked from my couch or my kitchen table.
You need to work with people and start building your business with satisfied customers before you pay for anything.
If you make a website and pay for ads and click funnels to drive traffic towards it, then you have a nice website with nothing to back it up. No testimonials, no client work you can use as samples or portfolio pieces.
If someone looks you up, they aren’t going to find much information about you.
You want to focus on building up some clients and making sure that this business is viable and profitable before focusing your money elsewhere.
This seems to be a stumbling block for many people. They seem to think if they just jump in without all the bells and whistles that they’ll look unprepared or unprofessional. Or they think they need to have accounting and invoicing all set to go an pay for subscriptions before ever having a paying client.
The things you need to get started: your specific skills and a PayPal account (or any other free payment and invoicing system. I happen to use PayPal), as well as a professional email address.
I am not paying money to anyone with the email firstname.lastname@example.org
Even if you aren’t looking to start a full-time business and you just want a side gig, this is how you do it. You don’t need a large investment to get started, you just need to find someone willing to pay you, and then BAM, you have a side gig.
New businesses for services (housecleaning, programming, writing, editing, design) are based on your skills and the things you already own (assuming you already have a computer, or cleaning supplies, or your design tools). They take effort, skills, and your time.
Now that you know it takes no money to actually get started, what business are you starting today?
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