Starting a business with no working capital can be a difficult process, but at some stage, you may need to get a loan from the bank, crowdfund or ask friends and family to bring your business idea to life.
You will invariably be indebted and in debt, before you even create your new brand, but you need to manage this expectation properly because you need to make sure that you look after these investors, first and foremost.
In my personal opinion it is better to start a business as a service-driven entity, this way you don’t have to buy products to fulfil the growth of your company and the debt should be significantly lower.
There are also several business models you can set up without working capital investment to minimise the expenditure of your new brand creation. You just need to keep the budget low cost until you can scale up.
For example, if you’re to become a graphic designer and you require Photoshop, go for the light version of the software to start with, or go for something like Pixlr or Canva which works in the same kind of format and is a lot more cost effective. Or if you want to be a website developer, start off on a CMS like WordPress or Joomla. As these are free platforms for you to start your business.
Develop your brand, get training, free or paid and grow your knowledge.
I have a few friends whose businesses have folded, as they’ve not looked at the accounts on a daily basis and they’ve just lost track of cost expenditure by not paying invoices when they’re due, which is critical.
Personally, I don’t like admin and doing the bookkeeping in my business, but I love to do the accounts as this is when joy hits my face when I’m being paid for what my business does; of course, this is a huge boost. Sending out invoices is a wonderful feeling, but chasing people up for money owed is not fun.
Being in business for yourself is a lot more work than people tell you, more risk, and less support, especially if you’re alone and not working in partnership. This risk is fully yours and yours to own, so don’t allow debt to ruin your business, ask for help before it’s too late.
Written by Sonny Cutting – Sussex Business Show
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