Starting a Business With No Money!

Starting a business
Unchaining Change Leadership

Did you know that one in three new businesses start with less than $5,000 in their pocket? But there are also opportunities in starting a business for those new business starters with less money.

When starting a new business, people may worry they don’t have enough capital to do so. Luckily, that isn’t the case. 

There are ways to get around this fact and start your business. It will be challenging, but if you have the passion, it will be worth it.

Keep reading to find out how to become that one in three. Or even better, how to find success with no capital backing you. 

Starting a Business With No Money Starts With an Idea

Starting a business with no money is doable. But, not if you don’t have that great idea. If you don’t have an idea, your business won’t succeed. 

Your idea needs to be something original. If you take an idea that has already been thought of, you will have a more challenging time. Original ideas are the ones that redesign the market. 

Find something that the world is missing. Aim to make people’s lives easier with your product or service. 

Create Your Plan

The next step is to create your plan. This involves the direction you want your business to go.

Step-by-Step Plan

This will include every step you will take between the plan and the end of your first financial year. Creating this plan will give you a far better understanding of what you are expecting. 

Your plan stage will also include creating your business plan. Your business plan is probably the most crucial part of your journey. If this plan isn’t to a high enough level, you will struggle to get past the next step. 

Business Plan

Your plan stage will also include creating your business plan. Your business plan is probably the most critical part of your journey. If this plan isn’t to a high enough level, you will struggle to get past the next step.

Your business plan should cover such things as:

  • What is the purpose of your business?
  • Who is your target audience?
  • Where are you planning on selling your product or service?
  • Online
  • Store
  • Both
  • How much money will you need to start your business?
  • How will you finance this cost?

Don’t rush through your business plan with assumptions of sales. Research the market your business will be joining. 

Conduct focus groups to gain your potential market’s views. Look into the SEO of your idea. Are people searching for your product online?

Expect the worst and get the best. Plan how you will stop your business if it doesn’t work out.

Find Your Financing

As you may not have the money to start your business, you will need to find your financing elsewhere. Let’s look at a few ways you can find your finance. 

Friends and Family

A great way of financing your business is to ask if a friend or family member is able to lend it to you. The upside is, you may not have to worry about interest rates. The downside is, if you don’t pay them back, you may damage a perfectly good relationship. 


Throughout recent years, crowdfunding platforms have grown in popularity. These platforms give you the opportunity to share your idea with the internet. 

Those who see your idea can then donate funds to your cause. If enough people donate, you can start your business. 

Government Support

Look into if your local government offers any aid to small businesses. This can be an ideal way to gain the support your need to start your business. Your business plan will also help you to achieve this help.

Private Financing

When we are in need of money, there are always places to go. You have such options as banks, commercial hard money lenders, or finance companies. 

These financing methods will look over your business plan. From the information you provide, they will decide the best action for moving forwards.

There are different repayment options depending on which company you go to. Make sure to revise each option and find the best one for you. You don’t want to borrow money to start your business and not make any profit.

Angel Investment

Angel investment is a rare option of financing. There are several networks throughout the world full of high-risk investors. 

These investors will fund your capital to start your business. If they are impressed with your business plan, that is.

If this is your chosen option, you will need to do a lot of research. These investors won’t just give their money away. Sometimes you may have to compete in competitions in order to earn the money.

Save as Much as You Can

Now you have found your chosen funding method. Your next step is to do the hard work. 

There are many steps to opening a business. Not all of them require paying out funds to do. Buying a plot for your business or paying potential rental charges are non-negotiable. 

There are charges which some people take that you don’t need to. Advertising could be one of them. 

Paying for advertising is a great way to get a lot of traffic and fast. But, if you decide to do the advertising yourself, you will save that money for something more vital.

Is there is anything you can do yourself without damaging your future business? Maybe look into doing it. Every penny saved will help you in the future. 

Start the Process Today

Now you know about starting a business with no money. What methods will you take to succeed? 

Come up with the perfect idea. Make sure you create an amazing business plan. Research your financing options.

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Starting a business article and permission to publish here provided by Harry Stark. Originally written for Supply Chain Game Changer and published on May 25, 2021.
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