No Money? No Problem! 109

Is it possible to start a business without money or collateral?

Anything is possible and most companies were started from someone’s ideas written down on paper and financed by those who saw merit in the plan. Still, realism is important. This depends a lot on the specifics of the business. Some businesses are relatively easy to start without start-up funds, some virtually impossible.

I think you need to match your ideas to reality. Millions of service businesses start without money or collateral. These tend to be consultants, graphic artists, accountants, and other professionals. You have a skill that other people need, you have potential customers, take a job, and get started. Twenty years ago I started my business plan consulting business without money or collateral, just a skill, contacts, and the will to do it. You probably know several people who have done the same.

On the other hand, some businesses just don’t happen without start-up money. For example, you may want to develop and produce some electronic item that the world needs, but for that business you’ll need money for designers, software engineers, hardware engineers, prototypes, testing, packaging, and lots of other start-up costs.

Even on a smaller scale, few restaurants or retail stores start up without money to pay in advance for the location, fixtures and furnishings, signage, and so on. In these cases, you don’t necessarily have to have the money and collateral yourself, because for a good business the idea is that you raise the money from other people who want to participate in the upside of the investment.

That’s what this whole site, Bplans.com, is about: developing the business plan and raising money.

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    I have no knowledge of a business but are study Project Management, this give me a bigger picture that there are three main objectives to be 101% successful in the scope what I want to achieve, and that is TIME, COST AND QUALITY.

    yes: I do not have the knowledge and funds to start this idea but give me a change and see what I can and will achieve.

    NS: Maybe there will be a light at the end off the tunnel.

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    Hey,
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  • Tiffany Williams

    Hi my name is Tiffany Williams. I am a business student and a cake decorator. I want to open up my own bakery business to decorate cakes and wedding cakes etc, in my state . I’m looking for an investor in Arkansas. I have no money and no collateral , other than working and my car , but I am optimistic about this I know I can make it with help, just need someone to help me. I also need someone to help with my business plan.

  • Carl

    THIS IS FOR PATRICK ,ABOVE …. If all you want is a gas station, it’s easy. find one that is for sale, make an agreement with the owner to pay him a part( the down payment the bank requires) in a monthly basis or installments,in the mean time go tell a bank you want so much and that you already gave him the percentage the bank is expecting you to put up front. let say the owner wants $50,000, tell the bank you gave him $20,000 already and boom you can’t fail to get the rest from the bank. in the mean time have a lawyer write the agreement between the 2 of you on how much he will get from you on a monthly basis :) simple . I’m sure the owner won;t mind having $30,000 in a check (from the bank ) and receive so much a month from you. :) Done Deal both of you will be happy he with the sale and you with the station.
    This deal is as much of a white lie as a cash income statement for a business plan LOL. been there done that. P.s. make sure that it’s going to be profitable and take surveys of all that can be done in there.

  • Luis Urquilla

    Hi, I’m almost done writing up my business plan to start up a marketing company overseas in Central America. The beauty of opening businesses in less developed countries is that you can pick any successful business here in Canada and the USA, make sure it’s a product or service that is needed in the foreign country, and make sure it doesn’t already exist there. ..It’s like looking into the future and going back in time and put it all together and make it happen, the chances of success are huge!

    I have seen 4 opportunities go to waste in front of my eyes, opportunities that were identified and because I didn’t do anything about them I got to see how some else did and became very successful, and because they were the Pioneers overseas bringing in the concept for the first time now dominate the market. One example, virtual offices. this business opportunity was exploited just 4 months after I identified it as a great opportunity.

    I don’t want the same thing to happen with the opportunity I currently want to pursuit, I have some start-up funds but I would fell much more confident if I had a considerable amount.

    My question is, how likely and common is it for a bank in North America (Eg. Canada or USA) to approve loans for business ventures overseas? Another advantage is that a Canadian bank also has branches in the Central American country where the local currency is USD. (The advantage would be once receiving revenue, not so much during start-up and investment.)

    Thanks,

  • Vanessa

    Hi. My name is Vanessa and Im a single mother of four. I want to own my own business. It will be a daycare and I have wanted this for a long time. However I have no idea what I need to do first. I have been told I can go to these schools that you can graduate within a year but, I really want to be successful. I want this bad and I know I have the right ideas to keep it going in the right direction and be very successful if I get pointed toward the right direction. If anyone can give me some advice maybe a few contacts that could help me out. I live in Columbus, ohio and would greatly appreciate in help anyone can offer.

    Thank you,

    Vanessa

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    Hi!
    Just started new business a very short while ago. It was interesting to find out that anywhere I went, there was a ton of business owners who started ine the “basement”. When I honestly told them that I was looking for the best deal possible, since the start up funds did not exist, these people were so helpful. Almost like a big family – everyone understood, noone turned away. Well, except one person. This is funny. My ex-boyfriend, who had been in business for 15 years, but never had to go through pain of start-up, – he was the most unsupportive person. Well, hence the “ex” part.
    My point is – get out and be honest. I am now in the midst of applying for grants available for expansion. Honesty and hard work on a business plan – that’s all I am relying on. It is amazing how much motivation, clear vision, honesty and no fear to hear “no” can drive someone to success they never thought was possible.
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  • kbullock

    Hello

    My dream has always been to open a hair salon. I was recently laid off of a job that I put years into. Instead of being discouraged, I want to turn my tombstones into stepping stones. I feel in my heart this is the right time for me. I would love some help with putting together a business plan and help with getting grants/loans. I haven’t a penny to my name but I feel like it’s now or never.
    T.I.A

  • http://www.todleho.com Todleho | Friends | Fun

    Really valuable information for an entrepreneur who is just starting up. After reading your article I am already half way through my business plan. I have launched a social networking and an entertainment portal http://www.todleho.com where everyone can have fun. Can anyone suggest where I can get funding for growing my business further?

  • http://webmail posh

    hi i would like to start a business but i cant write a comprehensive plan and i dont have money what can i do, i would like to have a franchise

  • http://www.eurpromtrade.kazpromnet.kz Eren

    Hi everybody! I read some of this articles about makeing your dreams, makeing your own bussines. It is the first step that dreaming about it. I am from kazakhstan and i now that i have a lot of oppotunies to begin to open my own bussines. But as you, i don’t have enough money. It is not a problem i think, we will see! Hope everything will be good with you, i wish you all your dreams willl come true!!!

  • http://www.acdareinc.com Holly

    So true, so true!
    No-financing start-up is exceptionally painful, however, this period allows the business owner to test their commitment and dedication.
    If you are a true believer in your futures success, it takes very little to survive through the start-up without money.
    In any case – well-thought, realistic business plan DOES help to test your own idea.
    Best of Luck!

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    Very fair points. I previously opened a sports agency, which was a cash dependent business. I have also operated a network of web sites, which was quite manageable based on scale. My current enterprise, a law firm that also provides document retrieval, can go either way. It is a service similar to others mentioned above. I know people with similar operations who spend less than a thousand dollars per month on their expenses. I know others who spend many thousands, especially on marketing. There is no shortage of B-to-B companies available to help blow a budget of any size. It’s quite important to ensure costs are kept as low as reasonable in order to maximize profit.

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  • rony abboud

    I’m 18 years old and I have an idea to market a product for a company, how can i make them buy my idea without them stealing it ?


    Rony,

    I think the quick answer here is – they won’t buy it. Not saying your idea isn’t great, but it’s rare that a company will pay strictly for an idea. If you have a proven process that you are offering to the company as a service or as a consultant, then that’s a bit different. But just offering an idea and expecting to be paid for it is very unlikely.

  • Haile

    Hi, my name is Haile. Pleas, I am very intersted to open gas station but I do not have many.I am callge student with two kids day and night my dream is how to open my own store(gas station). Pleas I need help to be sucssful.
    God America

  • rita

    I am very disappointed today. I have applied for a loan from the ithala bank in south africa. i need capital for my medical company, they want me to give them security of 60% against my loan or an investment from me as a member. I just don;t get it…If I had so much of security, would i have come for a loan? I am so so disappointed.

  • http://? kim jackson

    I am so determined to open my own salon,but my dreams seem soo hopeless,why ?because i don’t have the money to even start. i once had income in 2005 and i started a corporation at the above email name,but still to get the building and take off with success and my visions of helping others feel good about themselves is on a complete standstill,i try to play lotto or wish someone could help me .i would like t set out a day at the salon where homless,low income families,kids who are starting school,prom,etc without money to look the very best come in on this special days ad allow me to care for them and thier needs. but i see it takes money to get money

  • Thola mlondo

    Hi
    I’m looking for a busness plan ,i’ve found someone who is selling the bar and the resturent and i,ve found the person who is willing to help prevousely dissadvantage black people with money to start their own small busness.i’m just looking for a busness plan

  • http://Www.smallbusinesswizardry.com Dane Pymble

    Very sound advice. I think funding can be a blessing and a curse at times, particularly debt funding. I think one should work on their project for as long as they can with the resources available to them prior to seeking funding.

    It is also very good to get some practical experience in an industry before going it alone. You can try getting part time work learning the ins and outs or even volunteer if that is possible. Not only will you get hands on experience but it’s a great way to build up your network.

    Also there are so many things you can do for free to create exposure such as writing a blog, participating in forums or simply helping out someone you know. I am doing all these things at the moment in my project Small Business Wizardry (www.smallbusinesswizardry.com). We help small business owners access resources and tools to help start and grow their small business.

    There is no better feeling than being able to help people out, sharing your experiences so they can also develop. It’s a wonderful learning experience!

    Stick to what you really love and give of your time and people will be sure to talk about you:)

  • anzar ali

    i want to make a live project, and for that i want to start a buisness, bt i’ve no money to start, whats the gavernment skimm for this….

  • http://bizgreenglobe.blogspot.com Jude

    I think your tips are hot. I am trying to start a business on shoestring and I think I’ll apply these tips.

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  • http://royaltyfashionandstyle.com Royalty Fashion

    This is great and very timely because I am planning to put up a soap making business next month but the problem is I have no enough capital to make it a go, I have all the idea and drive to make it realize but the big problem is–money…This information is really a good help.

  • PL HY

    Must be the eradication of the Communist Party of China! The Earth’s inhabitants to new students!

  • Janvi25

    Hello I am planning to start trading business but really dont know how to start or who can guide me on this. As i am working in private organisation thats not an issue how to start which are the form where i have to submit .please advise

  • Alexander

    Good afternoon!
    I, Individual businessman
    Chernetsky Alexander Anatolyevich,
    Republic of Belarus Grodno.
    It is ready to cooperate with you in the field of opening of production lines. As in our Republic agricultural production a hot topic is developed it is an investment in processing production as various options of cooperation in the sphere of roadside service as Grodno is in 20 kilometers of the European Union are real and is one of the main boundary transitions of Republic of Belarus. As brings in the income shinoremontny and automobile repair shops.
    Various options of mutually beneficial cooperation are possible. If you have ideas of opening of any production at discretion is ready to start realization of your ideas in Republic of Belarus.
    The main type of activity in which I am engaged at present is logistics. But I think of business development. If you possess possibilities of support of business on mutually advantageous conditions, is ready to start effective cooperation.

    fax +375152563816, т.м. + 375447133706, ICQ 406180717
    Yours faithfully SP Chernetsky Alexander
    Anatolyevich! double_trans@mail.ru

  • Daniel Jemberu

    It is my pleasure to welcome and wish you a happy and prosperous
    times.i have big creative and innovative ideas but i dont have money so I
    am now planning a computer refurbishing
    bussiness where all old and thrown out accessories are used again with
    low cost and prices to the market, and can d
    evelop some softwares for
    hospitals , schools and businesses . . .as i Iam learning softwares.

    If i am provided with some inputs and trainings i can even make the very best of my potentials ! please help me?

  • Dickson Darkwah

    Just a new start-up Entrepreneur and need a lot of advice from people who have a lot of experience in starting up a business especially without cash please.

  • Lil mama123

    I am planning to start a bowling alley but don’t know where to start how to start and what I need to do. I LIVE in a small town where it’s nothing to do but get in trouble I want to help the community by giving the kids and every one hope that some one cares for our small town. I need help any advice is good advice.

  • FRANS MOKONYAMA

    I WOULD LIKE TO START MY OWN BUSINESS BUT I HAV A PRBLM WEN IT COMES FAINECIAL.I EVN DRAW UP A BUSINESS PLAN FOR THER BUSINESS THAT I WANT TO START IT FULLS UNDER AGRICULTURE

  • faizan

    man thats good but here is something i have for u its a great plan if you no how to sales a product in a market we can make our own brand i want a partner who can invest just a 2000 dollars

  • Trying to be at my finest.

    Yea… its a catch 22. Without any capital, you can’t print business cards. To make a ‘donation’ account at the bank, takes a second form of ID, and $50. The second form of ID, takes more gas, money, and time.
    I too could make billion’s dollars for some Venture Capitalist, or Angel Investor.
    To many ideas have faded away to let my ‘Solar Panel Integration’ idea do the same. Let me know when you get the funding to help another in need of some “$$$” . May your future be prosperous, and your life be wealthy. Harmonically Wealthy. (513) 800-0315