Can I Start an Online Business with No Money?

Can I Start an Online Business with No Money?
Can I Start an Online Business with No Money?
Can I Start an Online Business with No Money?

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Online Business – 2 Ways to Make It Happen

Hey guys, thanks for coming back. My name is Megan and this is episode two of the Bootstrap Boutique.

Today I want to talk about something I see asked all over the internet all the time, which is “How do I start a business online with no money?”

And if you really want to start a business with no money, there are some things you can do. I’ll give you two ideas really quickly.

The first is start a blog or some sort of content, authority based website. You can go to Blogger, you can go to WordPress, you can start that site in five minutes and you can be in business.

The second way is you can go to Kickstarter if you have some sort of product that you want to create. So you are probably familiar with Kickstarter already, but if you’re not what you do is you go to Kickstarter, you create a video, similar to this, and you say, “Hey Kickstarter! I want to make this cool thing.” And you explain what that cool thing is and if people are interested in your cool thing, they will pay you money for it. You hit your funding goal, you get money, you go out and create that cool thing and you send it to everyone who already told you they are interested.  It’s a great way to test a market and see if there is interest in something that you want to do before you go sink thousands of dollars into production and then you can’t sell it, it’s just sitting in your garage.

E-Commerce Online

So let’s talk about how to start a retail business because that’s what I’m kinda leaning towards as review my options. So there are two different types of retail stores as you know.

There is your traditional retail store where you have rent, you have labor, you have to have everything that you are going to sell right there in the store, otherwise you really can’t sell it. There’s a lot of barriers to entry and that is definitely going to cost you money.

The second way and what I’m looking at more doing is going to be an online e-commerce site. So, with that, still going to cost you some money. You still are going to have to have a domain name, you are going to have to pay for hosting, you are going to have to have some sort of shopping cart on the site, and you are going to have to have a way to accept credit cards. None of that is free, you are going to have to pay for it all.

But we want to look at ways that we can minimize those expenses and get the most value for it at the same time.

So again, how do you start a business with no money? Well, you probably don’t, unless you are in a couple of specific areas. Otherwise, you spend where you have to and you do the work yourself where you can.

Progress Report

Ok so I want to give you an update on what I have done so far in starting my
business. And honestly, its not a lot. So I think I probably jumped the gun, but the reason I did it is because I wanted an EIN (or an employee identification number) to set up whole sale accounts so I can start looking at products with distributors, and I thought that I had to have a LLC to get an EIN. Now that I have looked into it a little bit more, I’m not convinced that that is true, but I’ve done it now.

So, I’m looking at that as my first investment into the company. $250 I know. But even with paying the $250, I did manage to find a few ways to save on expenses.

Legal Zoom is really good for walking you through step-by-step what you have to do to register a LLC in your state. And what I found is that they also offer some services, that if you didn’t want to do them, they would be happy to do it for you. Obviously for a fee, they are a business.

But there are things that I looked into and are things that I can do myself. First is, when you open a business as a LLC, you have to have something called a Registered Agent. Best I can tell, what that means is someone who is available at your office, or at an office, during business hours to accept legal documents or something from the government. I can do that without much problem so I just decided to be my own Registered Agent and save that fee.

The second thing that I found that Legal Zoom could do for a cost that I can do at no cost for myself was get a tax identification number or that EIN I mentioned earlier and they will go out and they’ll do it for you as part of their process but I was looking around on the IRS website and found that you can get an EIN at no cost. It doesn’t appear to be a very difficult process so I just opted to go ahead and do that myself. There are also going to be a couple of state filings that I am pretty confident I can handle myself and opted out of those too. But, if you are someone that doesn’t feel comfortable doing that research, you can absolutely let legal zoom take you through step by step and just have them do all those things for you, just know its going to cost more than $250.

So there is one other thing that I have done this week is set up a free wordpress blog just like I mentioned earlier. Its again it’s free, we are bootstrapping and we aren’t trying to spend a lot of money to start. So I really don’t plan on doing a lot of blogging there but I wanted one site where the YouTube videos and the few blogs that I may do here or there can all be housed in one place. So if you need one place to find me, that would be it going forward.

So feel free to check that out, please subscribe to channel, like the video, share it with your friends, and I will look forward to seeing you next week. Thanks!

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The Bootstrap Boutique – An Introduction

what is the bootstrap boutique
what is the bootstrap boutique
What is The Bootstrap Boutique?

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What is the Bootstrap Boutique? How do you start a small business and what does the “hard work” involved actually entail? Join me as I try to figure it all out!

The Bootstrap Boutique – Transcript

Hi everyone, my name is Megan and you are watching the first episode of The Bootstrap Boutique.

And you’re probably asking yourself, what is The Bootstrap Boutique? And to answer your question right now, this is video one, and it’s just me, hoping to start a small online business.

This is something that I have wanted to do for a long time, and you know in all the years I’ve thought about starting a small business, I’ve done lots of reading of business books, I’m just a reader by nature.

What is ‘Hard Work’?

What I find is that entrepreneurs and small business owners, they always talk about the start of their business, by saying, “I did a lot of hard work.” And, I always thought, “well, what does that mean?” I always wished people would dig in a little bit more and do a little more explaining of what kind of hard work they had to do to start a business.

I know it’s going to be hard just to 1 – to take action 2- to find paying clients 3- to keep those clients and to grow but you can pay some lip service to that but I just wanted to go through what that actually looks like in a week by week process.

So I hope that this is something that you will find value in, and that you will want to follow along with. I plan on covering every step that I take to start a small business from deciding what I’m going to even do, because I don’t have that wrapped up yet, to business structure, to how do I build a brand online, all of these things are things I want to talk about in this series so we can learn by doing and you and I can go through that together.

Stick with Me!

Again, hopefully that is valuable to you. If you think it will be, please go ahead and subscribe to this channel so I know you’re watching or leave a comment and I will look forward to reading those.

If this is something that you are interested in, come with me, take some action of your own, and I will look forward to seeing you next week. Thank you!

You can watch this video at The Bootstrap Boutique YouTube channel here.

You watch more videos at The Bootstrap Boutique YouTube channel here.

Welcome to The Bootstrap Boutique!

So this is what it looks like when you start something new.

New ventures are not launched, fully formed, like Venus rising from the sea.

Most start a little messy, with a blank page or an empty napkin or a blinking cursor.

As you can see, I have a long way to go before The Bootstrap Boutique looks like something worth your time and attention.  But I will work on it, little by little, until you feel that it is something you can’t ignore.

This is a living document for me, as I work on launch a small business online.  The side hustle to my side hustle, if you will.

Mostly, the journey will be documented on YouTube, but this will be home to The Bootstrap Boutique, where everything else lives.

I’m excited to get started.