If you had NO money how would you start

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Ok, i know the NORMAL answers to this. Sell something, its a business , so if you dont have money dont venture into it... minus all of that.. my question is..

If someone were to be saving money but wanted a jump start on getting some content , customer report , and just a jump start before they went and got the domain name and hosting, what would you suggest?
#internet marketing #money #start
  • Profile picture of the author pro2sell
    I would read this forum.

    If you absolutely don't know where to start then jump here
    • Profile picture of the author Young Financier
      Originally Posted by pro2sell View Post

      I would read this forum.

      If you absolutely don't know where to start then jump here
      I think that thread needs to be stickied (if it isn't already) because this question comes up way too often.
  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    If you literally had like zero cash?

    Start offering services on fiverr, the warriors for hire section, and advertise in your sig.
  • Profile picture of the author Malcolm Thomas
    Get A Job!
    • Profile picture of the author Marx Vergel Melencio
      I'd first establish sustainable sources of income, like getting a job, offering my specialized services to my neighbors and their friends and my friends and the friends of my friends and my co-workers and their friends and so on, buying difficult to find things my friends and their friends and my co-workers and their friends want at inexpensive prices and selling those things as a set at higher prices for a mark up, buying things and improving it using my specialized skills to sell it at higher prices (like assembling a computer then adding internal and external hardware components and installing, configuring and optimizing specific applications, all intended for a specific purpose, like a workstation for desktop publishing, a gaming desktop, a multimedia entertainment desktop and so on), buying used/second hand things that are quite difficult to find at excellent condition then selling it at higher prices, etc.


      After that, I'd establish my credit resources. After that, I'd grow my savings. After that, I'd acquire assets that can be quickly liquidated at higher market value. After that, I'd continue growing my sustainable income, my credit resources, my savings, my assets, and also establish a good network. After that, I'd analyze my financial portfolio and study if I'm ready to invest some of my time and some of my credit resources in ventures that are fundamentally, logically and realistically profitable according to my thoughtful projections...
    • Profile picture of the author Newbieee
      Originally Posted by Malcolm Thomas View Post

      Get A Job!
      I was gonna say that. hahah
      At least someone said this.
    • Profile picture of the author KevL
      Those people telling the OP to "Get a JOB!" are assuming that the OP doesn't have a job already... Where does he state that he doesn't?

      He is asking for an idea for what to do if someone has no money - i.e no expendable income. Having a job doesn't always equal expendable income, as we all know... someone could very easily have no money, but have a job - because they simply spend as much as they earn or more.
  • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
    Worm farming. Definitely worm farming.
    • Profile picture of the author Rickling
      Yes as someone said above fiverr is good one.. offer a gig and be good at it and you should earn like that.. writing articles is anther way.. etc
      Rick Ling
  • Profile picture of the author ronrule
    I would put on my Batman suit and stand on the street corner with a cardboard sign that says "Need gas money for batmobile"

    Made $35 in an hour doing that on a dare once. True story.
    • Profile picture of the author theory expert
      Originally Posted by ronrule View Post

      I would put on my Batman suit and stand on the street corner with a cardboard sign that says "Need gas money for batmobile"

      Made $35 in an hour doing that on a dare once. True story.
      ...but then OP would need money to buy bat outfit
    • Profile picture of the author HelpingYouBeAnExpert
      Originally Posted by ronrule View Post

      I would put on my Batman suit and stand on the street corner with a cardboard sign that says "Need gas money for batmobile"

      Made $35 in an hour doing that on a dare once. True story.
      Now they are passing laws to ban there all over the planet.
    • Profile picture of the author Gonzosan
      Originally Posted by ronrule View Post

      I would put on my Batman suit and stand on the street corner with a cardboard sign that says "Need gas money for batmobile"

      Made $35 in an hour doing that on a dare once. True story.
      lol. I live in Vegas so that might be a profitable side business on the strip.
  • Profile picture of the author reneesbertrand
    You can provide services or start from any Web 2.0 website where you can build your pages for free and get into affiliate marketing
  • Profile picture of the author JasonBennet
    I personally would get a job first to make some money so that I will be able to put some money aside for my online business. There is nothing wrong with having a job while having a dream to build a long term internet business.

    The next thing that I will do is to decide on one mentor that I will follow and just take the required action.
  • Profile picture of the author George Wright
    As Andrew said I'd do exactly what I did way back when.

    I'd Walk down any business street near me and talk with the owners of small businesses. I would Find out what I could do to help them and then help them for a fee.

    The money is instant and the opportunities unlimited.

    It's nowhere near as easy as online only Internet Marketing, however it's as close to a sure thing as you can get. In fact I would call it a sure thing.

    Then I would use some of that money to pay for all the things needed to go online again.

    George Wright
  • Profile picture of the author Abbas8
    There are tons of way to get started, just browse around the forum, tons of useful threads.
  • Profile picture of the author TimK06
    Originally Posted by Woodward82 View Post

    Ok, i know the NORMAL answers to this. Sell something, its a business , so if you dont have money dont venture into it... minus all of that.. my question is..

    If someone were to be saving money but wanted a jump start on getting some content , customer report , and just a jump start before they went and got the domain name and hosting, what would you suggest?
    Forums are normally free. Don't leave out Facebook and twitter. As well as youtube. You can build likes and youtube subscribers for your brand way before you have anything to sale.

    You just have to be knowledgable on the niche you choose. So when you have the money for your domain and hosting account. You've build relationships and a sense of trust with your audience and it'll be a lot easier to get visitors to your site to sign up via opt in or buy a product from you.

    Kind Regards
  • Profile picture of the author vtotheyouknow
    I would offer services on the Warrior Forum.

    And in fact ...that's exactly how I went from dead broke to working full time online. :-)
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    If I had absolutely no money and wanted to engage in online entrepreneurship, then I would probably use Blogger, AdSense and Amazon Associates to try and earn money online.
  • Profile picture of the author imacyrayy
    If you are very good at writing you could make a lot of money. I personally spend close to $300 on freelancers monthly. Become a freelancer.
    • Profile picture of the author Jared Hale
      Originally Posted by imacyrayy View Post

      If you are very good at writing you could make a lot of money. I personally spend close to $300 on freelancers monthly. Become a freelancer.
      But don't use freelancer.com, they are crooks.
  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    You should begin by studying internet marketing. When you’ll learn the basics you’ll manage to make money by using free resources like Squidoo lenses, Blogger blogs, Tumbir, Hub pages, etc.

    You can also provide your services.

    There is a fierce competition everywhere. You have to insist and believe in your victory.

  • Profile picture of the author sketchaddict
    Originally Posted by Woodward82 View Post

    Ok, i know the NORMAL answers to this. Sell something, its a business , so if you dont have money dont venture into it... minus all of that.. my question is..

    If someone were to be saving money but wanted a jump start on getting some content , customer report , and just a jump start before they went and got the domain name and hosting, what would you suggest?
    Hey Wood! Your signature says it all - "Money is just a tool, the real reward is being able to pass on knowledge".

    There are so many warriors here to help you out in the same. You dont need to spent money to get started. There are so many free ways to earn money, you dont have to buy a domain name or hosting. Create Free blogs on blogspot, create hubs and squidoo lens. Try creating videos and promote it on youtube. (Advertise them with Google Adsense and Affiliate links).

    Or if you are good enough to sell anything on fiverr.com then its good to go for the start.

    And you will find all the information and help regarding all this stuff on this forum itself.
  • Profile picture of the author ownergolan
    hustle so hard and start making money. thats it.
  • Profile picture of the author todawg_not
    What is ridiculous question.

    Go find a job.

    That's why you have no money because you treat this like a hobby not a real business.

    Your not willing to invest in tools and education when your always wanting things for free

    There you go you want the truth

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j2F4VcBmeo


    • Profile picture of the author Woodward82
      Originally Posted by todawg_not View Post

      What is ridiculous question.

      Go find a job.

      That's why you have no money because you treat this like a hobby not a real business.

      Your not willing to invest in tools and education when your always wanting things for free

      There you go you want the truth

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j2F4VcBmeo


      Comments like this just mean that you didnt take the time to read the original post Hope you arent running your online business and treating your customers this way. Cheers
  • Profile picture of the author KevL
    Originally Posted by Woodward82 View Post

    Ok, i know the NORMAL answers to this. Sell something, its a business , so if you dont have money dont venture into it... minus all of that.. my question is..

    If someone were to be saving money but wanted a jump start on getting some content , customer report , and just a jump start before they went and got the domain name and hosting, what would you suggest?
    I would spend some time listing what my skills are and how these skills can be of value to others by offering them a service, and then start planning how I can get the most reward for finding those who A) really need the value I can offer and B) who can pay me well in return for this value.

    Just bullet point all the things you can do, many web marketers have an entire arsenal of brilliant skills that can be packed up into very valuable services.

    I would focus OFFLINE on gaining these clients, I'd ignore Fiverr, I wouldn't bother advertising on the WF or any other online market place.

    Some ideas:

    Promo video creation & youtube marketing

    Website fixing - going finding websites which have common errors and offering to fix them. (one tip, search using your local area + powered by wordpress, to find local businesses who have WP websites, email them to ask them do they know that their sites are seriously at risk of being hacked if they're not upgraded as version updates are released, and use this as a foot in the door).

    Email list building and marketing. This is a GREAT one as you also sign them up to Aweber via your affiliate link which earns you a nice monthly extra...And this is obviously something that ALL businesses will benefit from.

    Web design.

    Landing page & squeeze page design (many offline businesses will not understand what any of this means so you will have to explain the benefits)

    SEO (don't call it SEO though, I'd advise that you just see what their main search term is that you feel you can get them to page one for without too much of a struggle, and suggest that you can get them to page one for that search term, explain the benefit for them in terms of the available targeted traffic.

    PPC set up and management.

    And a whole list of other things that you can probably do that you might not have realised the value of, to existing businesses.

    I would email local businesses, write letters to local businesses, offering to go in and meet with them, build a rapport with them, quote them for my services - and then go to town on over delivering. Go the extra ten miles, let alone the extra mile. Do everything I'm expected of and more, so that they're so impressed with me they naturally refer clients to me.

    And then I'd do the same with all the clients that are referred to me.

    Once I have a decent client base, I would start investing some money on my website, ensuring that I'm focusing on the kind of search terms that are likely to bring me more of the kind of clients I've already got - and I would try my very best to get a PPC campaign setup which I can prove works - so that I can pause it when I'm busy & fire it back up when I'm starting to get quiet.

    I know this seems a weird thing to suggest on an online forum, to advise focusing offline - but on fiverr your limited to charging a fiverr for your services, obviously, and on here & other forums generally speaking you're quite limited by how much you can charge based on how little many competitors are charging - where as offline, in traditional business, people are used to paying MUCH more for good services.

    Take graphic design for example. If you can design great logos - while you'd get $5 on fiver, and maybe you can charge $50 or so from finding clients on marketing forums - you go offline, find a few graphic designers, call them and ask them for a quote for a logo... I'm in the UK, and here graphic designers charge anything from a couple of hundred pounds (x 1.5 to the $) upwards for logo design. In fact a client of mine got some quotes recently, for just a logo design, his lowest quote was 180 ($270) and his highest quote was 450 ($675).

    It's the same with everything - there are people on here who sell articles at $5 per 500 words - I know for a fact that there are people who market their services mainly offline & via referral, who charge 10-20 times this amount.

    AND you will find the less and less people are bothering with old fashioned offline marketing, which means it works better than it ever did. At least this is what I find.

    And I'm talking from experience as this is exactly what I did after I'd managed to very nearly bankrupt myself previously by building a very successful online business, getting too cocky & allowing my overheads to grow out of control (staff, premises, stock, etc) and to destroy the whole thing, but it's OK we have this thing called "recession" that I can pretend was to blame, to make me feel not so stupid :rolleyes: .... so I had LESS than no money, LOTS of debt, and I managed to get one very good client, impressed the heck out of them, and they started to refer clients to me, and on it went.

    The method above still works very well and it always will, because people trust referrals, people prefer to work with people locally that they can meet face to face with (at least this is the case with most traditional businesses), and because "people buy people" - i.e. once you meet with someone, and they get along with you, the quote you give them isn't all that important - it's not all about the price.

    For instance, just so you can see this still works, for me at least; I've just designed a website for a PLC (public company, huge firm) from a referral from one of my best clients, and an email to local businesses last week has got me a meeting with an amazing potential client that to be honest I really did NOT expect to happen as I'd have thought they would have had their own in house web team!

    Good luck!
  • Profile picture of the author katkat999
    I started working on oDesk.. that's where I started my career... from nothing to getting a stable career...
    • Profile picture of the author Jared Hale
      Originally Posted by katkat999 View Post

      I started working on oDesk.. that's where I started my career... from nothing to getting a stable career...
      I use oDesk and GAC now that scriptlance sold out.
  • Profile picture of the author wiseme11
    Borrow if you dare to open your mouth to people around you.
    Those Rich and successful entrepreneur also borrow from Bank to
    fund their business. Many popular name you heard today, they are
    borrowing money...USING OTHER PEOPLE MONEY ( OPM) is one of the strategy.
    Provided you have the right business that can sure earn with good return. Don't get yourself into trouble. thanks.

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