Here are some businesses that were started with almost no money:
MailChimp: In 2000, co-founder Ben Chestnut had a design consulting business and clients who wanted email newsletters. So he decided to build a tool that would streamline the process.
Whole Foods: In 1978 John Mackey and Rene Lawson saved and borrowed money from friends and family to open their first store in Austin, Texas. After getting evicted from their apartment, the two lived in their first store.
ShutterStock: Jon Oringer was a professional software developer and an amateur photographer. He combined this set of skills and used 30,000 photos from his personal photo library to start a stock photo service that is currently worth $2 billion dollars.
Apple, Mattel, Disney, Google, Harley Davidson, Hewlett-Packard, Lotus Cars, and Yankee Candle Company: All started in garages.
Spanx: Sara Blakely turned a $5,000 investment into an Oprah-approved approved garment that generates $400M in revenue annually.
Nike: Philip Knight and Bill Bowerman started selling athletic shoes from their car trunk.
Nerdwallet: The personal finance service that promises to help young people save money lived on a tight budget from the time it was founded in 2009 until it raised $64M in 2015.
Dell: Michael Dell started out as a dishwasher, making a $2.30 per hour. Dell started selling PCs out of his college dorm.
Grammarly: Grammarly made improvements to Word and Google Docs-type spell checkers and now charge over 800 universities and hundreds of thousands of writers a monthly fee to fix typos and grammar errors.
GoFundMe: Viral marketing integrated into a product plus Conversion Rate Optimization allowed GoFundMe founders to bootstrap a business.
Craigslist: With only 40 employees and no substantial updates to the site for decades, Craigslist is the #17 most visited site in the US.
Ecommerce Startup Costs: How Much Do You Need To Start An Online Store? by Bill Widmer at Sumo https://sumo.com/stories/ecommerce-startup-costs
4 Must Haves
Domain Nam: $0.99-$15/year
Hosting: $3.50-$250/month ($29/month average)
Inventory: $0-$1000 to start
Payment Processing: 2-3% of revenue
10 Nice To Haves
G Suite Account: $5/month
Website Designer: $300-$3000+
Website Theme: $50-$200
Logo Design: $15-$300
Marketing: The sky\'s the limit
Warehouse: $4 to $7 per month per square foot
Product Photos: $20-$1000
Email Marketing Software: $0-$50/month
Apps & Plugins: $0-$200+/month
How to Start a Business with No Money by Shubhomita Bose at Small Business Trends https://smallbiztrends.com/2016/05/start-a-business-with-no-money.html
Keep Your Present Job
Work on Your Business Idea
Analyze Your Market and Challenges
Assess Your Capital Needs
Explore Crowdfunding Platforms
Network with People
Run a Trial
Secure a Small Business Loan if Necessary
How to Start a Business With No Money – 138 Ways by Success Harbor https://www.successharbor.com/start-business-no-money-03252015
Keep your job
Stick with something you know
Do all the work yourself
Offer a service
Make it public
Ask for help
Join a mastermind group
Invent something and license it
Partner with an entrepreneur
Find a co-founder with money
Get paid fast or upfront
Get a credit line
Apply for government programs
Advertise your business for free
Avoid get rich quick schemes
How to start a business with no money by Jenny Knizner, Moonlighting, for USAToday https://www.usatoday.com/story/sponsor-story/moonlighting/2017/09/25/how-start-business-no-money/105978302
Utilize low-cost alternatives
Sell your services
How To Start A Business With No Money by Ryan Westwood for Forbes https://www.forbes.com/sites/ryanwestwood/2014/10/08/how-to-start-a-business-with-no-money/#7a54c01a57ad
Pivot. Use services to generate cash flow and fund a product-based business.
Grind it out. There’s no substitute for sweat equity.
Get creative. Funding sources are everywhere.
Differentiate yourself. Small things make a big difference.
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