Have you been dreaming of starting your own business? Does the thought of yet another “day at the office” make you want to curl up and cry?
Is your brain overflowing with half-formed ideas, but no concept on how to actually generate money from them? Boy, can I relate.
I honestly questioned my sanity before starting my own business. I had jobs on Wall Street and for Condè Nast. But no matter how lucky I looked on the outside, something felt wrong on the inside. I wanted more. A lot more.
We spend most of our lives working, and I wanted to wake up every day knowing I was using my gifts to do meaningful work. Work I felt called to do and would impact others.
After many years of self-doubt, I realized the only chance I had to live this dream was to create it myself. I had to escape the comfort of my 9-5 and start my own business.
Like most aspiring entrepreneurs, I had no clue where to start. Nor did I have any ‘extra money’ laying around to make it happen.
Sure, I was tens of thousands of dollars in debt, but if other people could figure out how to start a business with no money, so could I.
That risk—despite no clue and no money—was the best gamble of my life.
Fast forward 18 years…
My name is Marie Forleo and I run a socially-conscious, globally-recognized Inc. 500 company. I’ve been called “a thought leader for the next generation” by Oprah herself (I know, my jaw hit the floor too) and our site was named one of the 100 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs by Forbes.com.
The path hasn’t been easy. Or fast. It’s still hard as hell. I’ve had plenty of “Oh sh*t” moments and even more priceless ones along the way. Today, I do my best to pass along those lessons on our podcast and award-winning show, MarieTV.
It’s been worth it—100X over! We’ve helped over 50,000 people start and grow meaningful, profitable businesses, too.
Which means I hear would-be business owners ask the same question again and again…
How Do I Start a Business
With No Money?”
Maybe you’re fresh out of school and in debt (like I was).
Maybe you’ve got 10,000 ideas, but no concrete plan on how to turn them into a profitable business.
Or maybe you’ve got little kids, a mortgage and a slew of unpaid medical bills.
There’s good news. There was for me and there is for you…
There has never been an easier—or more affordable—time in human history to start a business.
Gone are the days of exorbitant overhead costs. You don’t need a fancy website or expensive office. And for most businesses, you don’t need investors, funding or a year’s worth of savings.
Here’s what you do need:
- You need to know exactly what business you’re starting, (i.e. your business idea, your revenue model, who your customers are, how you plan to deliver value), and
- A way to validate your idea to ensure it makes good business sense (before sinking in too much time and energy).
Once you have this, most of the tools you need are available for free, right now. We’ve curated a list of the top technology, tools and resources that will help you start a business with no money today.
(And if you don’t yet have that clarity, we can help—guaranteed! Find out when B-School enrollment opens.)