So you have a great business idea and you are convinced you can turn this idea into a fortune, but you don’t have much capital to get your business off the ground. Increasing number of entrepreneurs are using creative thinking to get businesses off the ground with the smallest budgets.
[b]Making your Business Fit Your Finances[/b]
Starting your business with the smallest budgets means you will have to work even harder to make sure your business doesn’t suffer from lack of funds. You can build income and cash flow from your hard work. Always have it at the back of your mind that easiest businesses to get started with limited capital are those that don’t require huge resources or initial outlay.
[b]Minimizing Costs and Eliminate expenses.[/b]
It goes without saying that if you have a limited budget, you will need to need to direct your expenses where it has the most impact on your business. Here are some tips to make your money go further in your business:
• [b]Harness free business support:[/b] Business support or advice doesn’t have to cost much. There are a lot of ways you can help and build your knowledge for free. Make use of the internet to research your chosen industry. You could also approach your network of friends and family or industry association to connect you with someone in your industry who are will to share ideas with you.
• [b]Sell on online auction sites:[/b] Online auction sales are a good way of getting your product to a larger audience without having to create an expensive website or pay for advertising. Be informed that most auction sites take a small commission fee for every sale which you will have to factor in making your pricing decision.
• [b]Use social media as a marketing tool:[/b] opening a Facebook account or twitter account is free and provides you with a platform to market your business to a huge wider range of audience. To gain customers and generate sales through social media, you need to have a significant online presence, which makes take time.
• [b]Order only what you need:[/b] Don’t be tempted to order large quantities of stock from suppliers in the anticipation of huge order. Have a reduced stock means spend less on storage cost, holding cost and reduce the risk of theft or damage.
[b]Plow back Profit.[/b]
It would have taken a lot of hard work and determination, but you are now generating income. It is tempting to spend the money on yourself or some new equipment as a reward for your hard work. Avoid dishing out money on new equipment or technology unless it will have a huge impact on your business by improving productivity or operational capacity. It is generally advisable to put the money back into growing the backbone of the business.
[b]Know When to Spend.[/b]
Like any business, there will be times when you will need to make important decisions such as pursuing expansion opportunities or new markets. You might need to spend majority or even all of your savings. Knowing when to spend or the right investment decision to make is very essential.