Let’s be honest: You always wanted to build your dream business, but you didn’t know how. First there is your 9 to 5 job and second there is no money. Absolutely understandable that there is a lack of motivation. But I’ll tell you what: With these four steps I’ll show you how to build up your business with very little money. So put aside your lame excuses and let’s get started!
If you are toying with the idea of going into self-employment, I can only congratulate you. For me there is nothing better! And even if the start into self-employment can sometimes take a little while or look a little bumpy in between, in the end it’s amazing! So let’s get to the points where you can get started as soon as possible.
1.) Finding your money
Since you will hardly earn any money with your business at the beginning, there are two variants: Either you save money, quit your job and then start your own business or you dedicate yourself daily to your work as a freelancer.
At the time, I decided in favour of variant 1, but that of course entails considerably more risks. You live from your savings, which can put you under pressure if no offers come in or you do not directly see progress. This can be a bit stressful. On the other hand, your focus is entirely on the business, which means you can put twice as much energy and attention into it as you would into any other activity.
But it doesn’t have to be just savings, there are also opportunities to apply for promotional loans, start-up subsidies or to launch a crowdfunding campaign. Find out which option suits you best.
No matter what field you want to specialize in: Educate yourself. Attend courses, watch online courses or dig deep into literature and the Internet. Much is offered for free! So no excuses!
You have to understand that a customer pays for knowledge and experience. The more you absorb knowledge and use it later, the higher your value will be.
So many things you need to be self-employed. You don’t know where to start. Well, I catch you there again with an excuse? 😉
Yes to start a homepage is expensive, no question. But you know what? A domain and the hosting doesn’t cost more than 50 €. For the beginning this is enough and later you can still extend it.
My valuable tip:
To set up a homepage you can easily exchange services e.g. Online:. Simply place an ad online (e.g. on job boards, FB groups) and find out if anyone would be interested in an exchange. You can’t believe how many people there are out there who are doing the same as you! Is there something you can simply offer in return? E.g. writing blog articles, graphic design or a cooking course? Maybe someone needs exactly that and can set up your homepage for you. I wrote blog articles for a programmer and used them as a first reference. Two birds with one stone. Good, isn’t it?
4.) Spread the word
No matter where or how: Get out and spread the word. At that time I always casually mentioned what I was doing. So everybody knew: Masha writes, Masha is an author.
The rule here is: Don’t be pushy – your counterpart will feel it. Meet many people! Only when you appear authentic and natural will you be remembered and recommended. Completely without expectation. So you might meet potential customers and build up a network. So it was with me! The advantage is that the personal impression of you remains much better in memory. I therefore deliberately do not call it “networking”, because for me it is connected with a certain intention, as if one would demand something from one’s counterpart. This can always cause a cramped feeling.
So take the pressure out: Meet nice people and if nothing happens, what the heck? Nevertheless you spent a nice evening with nice conversations!
We wish you a lot of fun!
Do you have any other tips on how to get started? Leave us a comment!
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