Is an empty wallet weighing you down? I see it all the time — those who work long hard hours, day in and day out, and don’t have the money to show for it. It can be very discouraging.
Wouldn’t it be great to have financial freedom — not having to check the prices when you buy things that bring joy to you and those you love, not having to worry about money again?
You have passions, skills, hobbies and life experiences that can be turned into a stream of revenue through an online business. These are the things you’re good at — the things you enjoy — so why not make a living doing what you want to do?
Don’t let an empty wallet hold you back. Financial freedom is within your grasp, if you first dispel a key myth that’s holding you back: I don’t have the money to start a business.
Twenty years ago, starting a business required a physical storefront. That meant paying thousands of dollars for a security deposit, rent, and inventory. So it’s natural to associate starting a business with large upfront costs. But now, with millions of customers surfing the Internet, buying and downloading information at the click of a mouse, the landscape has changed. The Internet is a viable — and cheap — storefront. You need very little investment to get started.
Here are the startup costs associated with an Internet business:
- Internet access ($30/month)
- A computer (Secondhand laptops sell for as little as $200.)
- Phone (You probably have one already.)
As you can see, these costs are super low, and if you already have a computer, phone, and Internet access, your start-up costs would be zero. Even if you don’t have these tools, or the little money needed to get started, you could go to your local library and use their computers for free! You have the resources. You just have to take advantage of them.
Another option would be to drop other expenses. You might think, “But I need those things.” Well, do you really want financial freedom? Do you not want to have to worry about money again? I know it might be hard, but a little sacrifice now, for financial freedom and a full wallet later, is definitely worth it. So drop the car and take a bus. Carpool. Get rid of your mobile phone. Drop your gym membership and go jogging. I bet you could find at least one thing that you could live without in exchange for greater freedom.
That money adds up, and before you know it you’ll have your start-up costs, and a successful business based on your passions and your interests. Instead of buying back that gym membership, you could have your own personal training facility!
About the Author:
International speaker, standup comedian and Professional Certified Coach (PCC) David Wood is the author of Get Paid for Who You Are and co-author of the best-selling book Guerilla Marketing on the Front Lines. His tried and true methods for freeing oneself from the shackles of the timecard have been the inspiration for many people to gain a lifestyle of freedom and contribution. Learn more at: http://www.GetPaidLifestyle.com.