I registered my company when I was 21 years old, 5 months pregnant, and in the middle of writing my dissertation in 2013. In addition to finding out that I was dyslexic at university, I still decided to start my own business.
So first of all I am here to tell you that if you are waiting for the right circumstance, with all the resources, and the perfect business plan to get started in business, then stop waiting, book a business coaching session right away, with one of our coaches and let’s create a plan to get you started. I won’t guarantee that you are going to be successful but I can guarantee that once you get started, the lessons that you learn from just starting alone, will lead you to great success.
Yesterday I stepped out of my comfort zone and I jumped on Instagram Live for the first time along with Althea Blake from the ROOTS POD Academy and we spoke about our Journey of Entrepreneurship. This blog post aims to answer some of the questions from the Live and the main question that we didn’t get to answer in detail due to time.
Fortunately we live in a time that people regardless of their educational, ethnic, status or network people all over the world are able to start their own business selling either products or services with little or no money.
Below is a list of examples of how to get started in business without any money:
If you provide a service - speaking, teaching, coaching, counselling, consultancy, cleaning, childcare, hair, beauty, fitness, design, home improvement, cooking, your opinion or even a car parking space, etc.
Once you’ve decided on your service (idea):
Tap into your network who already have the location, space, equipment, tools, audience, customers, insurance, legal requirements etc. Whatever means you would need to run your business independently?
Ask to pilot your idea with your network's customer / client base?
In exchange for your pilot, can they give you feedback, can you collect testimonials, photos, videos or recommendations?
Offer to do this for free or in exchange for your time/ skills or expertise for something else that they are in need of?
If you want to sell products like clothes, food, fitness equipment, beauty products, skin care, travel items, toys, books, plants, subscription boxes, cakes etc.
Tap into your network and literally ask how they got started? Competition can be friendly and many successful people in various industries are happy to give advice on what they did.
Personally fund/crowdfund or get funding to produce an af