I can't tell you how many people tell me they are looking for investment in their company.
When I ask them what they do or what they need money for, 9/10 the idea doesn't require any money to get started.
In fact, the person could prove income by hacking the idea together in a free way, figure out if it has legs, and then start making investments to improve the idea when they are generating some income.
A while back I was consulting with an old business partner who wanted to build an app for recruiters. He had an amazing idea and he knew exactly how to build the app and how much money he would need to build it.
But he had no proof that people would use the app, let alone pay for the app.
So I suggested that he figure out how he could test his idea in a free way. His idea sounded like it was really just a private twitter feed for recruiters to see potential candidates in the local area.
So I suggested he start a private twitter and start inviting recruiters to the feed. If it picked up steam, he would know he had a base for a product. Then he could start charging an access fee and see if people would pay.
If people started paying for access then he could build out and app that is much more refined and actually start making an awesome product for recruiters.
He didn't do it.
Because at the end of the day, he thought money would solve his problem and he used it as an excuse to not start the project.
When you're starting out, you don't need the best systems, or equipment or product, you just need something that works.
Too many people stop themselves from building amazing things because they think they need money.
One more example:
I know someone who wanted to become a YouTuber. I talked to them about the content they would produce and the channel theme and how awesome it was going to be.
When I asked them why they haven't started they said, they were saving up for a camera. Like, a $2000 setup.
I asked why? They had a brand new Mac Laptop with a camera built in.
And they said, the bar on YouTube has been set pretty high now and they want their content to be professional and crisp etc. They didn't want to look like a crappy newb.
Three years has passed and that person still hasn't started their channel.
If they just started with their Laptop camera they'd have a three years of experience and a channel built out already.
They prevented themselves from succeeding by creating an obstacle for themselves.
Bottom line is, you don't need money, you don't need the best equipment, you just need to get started.
Stop making excuses that keep you from doing anything.
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