We have discussion after discussion here about spending money vs. time to get traffic, build a site, or get noticed on social media. Almost every time someone says something like "you have to spend money or you have to spend time.
This article presents a compelling argument for finding the money if you are in short supply vs. spending the time. He says that time, used properly, is worth more than the money you don't have. So, in effect, you may be losing by going the free route - even in the beginning.
There is nothing wrong with doing what you can with free tools and time. However, over the years, I've seen too many people who really shouldn't be in the situation of having to choose between the two, but they have to.
For example, I've seen people with a 2,000 person list fret about the $29 a month Aweber fee. Aren't you making enough with that list? What are you doing wrong? What can you do to improve? This shouldn't be an issue in the majority of cases.
People complain about $10 a year for a domain name and in many cases, they have to let the domain go for the lack of $10. If things aren't going your way in a couple months you should know it. Ask for some help. Figure out what's going wrong and make the proper adjustments.
Anyway, read the article. It's a good one. And then come back to share your own ideas about time vs. money.