Do you need investment Capital? - Could you "really" do it, if you just had the capital?

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This post is about "not despising the days of humble beginnings". Not being too "proud" to begin humbly.

"What do I already have that I can leverage to get what I want?"

For those dreaming of investors, and saying "I cant make money because I have no investor":

Nobody wants to throw money at someone who cant make money.

In most cases if your idea is good its already producing. Investors dont mind helping to expand upon things that are already working, but who wants to throw money at someone who needs it?

Money is very seldom the true answer ; "more creativity" is.

In my own experience the best ideas have the potential to make their own money, and usually what we need is already there.

Do you want to throw money at a bad headline?

No.

But if you have a good one, it will draw money on its own. As I gave an example in an earlier thread, some of the best ads in the world only cost 40 bucks, and if your idea is good they will explode and make tens of thousands- whereas, if it isnt , it wont make ANYTHING, and throwing more money at them wont help.

So while some feel they lack financial resources. I believe that what they really need is to be more creative.

Here's a good question that helps me alot.

"What do I already have, that I can leverage to get what I want"

Well lets look. If I was broke tomorrow I would have:

A: "Internet access"- if I didnt I could use someone elses comuter for a couple of hours per day, and you probably could too, the fact that you are reading this is evidence.

B: I have a "Phone"- If I didnt I would talk a friend into letting me use theirs.

C: I have camtasia - if not I have a recording device that came with my computer.

D: I have my choice of tons of free blogs and beginnners drag and drop webdesign programs that are free for everyone.

E: I have access to thousands of places where I can advertise free (and if my hook is good and matching the market they will produce).

F: I have creativity and I can test any headline I want for free.

G: I have a phone book, and its full of consumers who obviously buy, because anywhere people sell they also buy.

H: I have knowledge I can share

I: I have (just like you have) access to thousands of outsourcers who can do work and I can pay them by the job that I got with my phone, phone book, and a little creativity.

J: I have a signature and the ability to post in forums where people may be interested in my knowledge.

K: I have a mind full of ideas, and the internet provides a blank canvass for me to try any of them that I want, to see what works.

l: I have the ability to develop relationships and do projects with others, if its worth it to me to develop relationships and I dont just have my mind set that I need money.

The list goes on....

All of these things are tools that can produce finances, so none of us reading this really lack money to pull things off-only "good ideas".

You probably have an idea that could make the money to invest in your other ideas...and if you cant think that far, why would anyone throw money at your ideas?

Without those (good ideas) you are sunk anyway, even if you have a stack of cash to invest.

You and I have all the resources in the world to promote good ideas, and if they are bad, then throwing money at them wont help, unless you use it to hire a pro marketer to write you an ad that will work, even then, if your idea is good many will JV with you and you may not need money up front.

Heck if your idea is good I would gladly do it myself for a cut of sales, but if its bad I wouldnt be interested. It's all about the "idea" and the "creativity". Those are free for all, if they are willing to dig just a little deeper.

"What do I ALREADY have , that I can leverage to get what I WANT?"

Anyway, I said all of this to encourage those who feel they lack finances to pull off their ideas to ask "What do I already have, that I can leverage to get what I want".

Now if you use that bottomless well of creativity to show that something can produce, then people will want to throw money at it.

Hope this helps someone, get past the "I have no money excuse".

Sincerely,
JD
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  • Profile picture of the author Diice
    Your posts never cease to amaze me, very to the point!

    I think alot of people are under the illusion they are worse off than everyone else, in the sense that they dont have the same oppourtunities everyone else receives.

    I think your post relates to this in that they are just making excuses. Lack of capital is not an excuse for not taking action, but the majority of people will tell themselves any excuse just to procrastinate.

    -Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author gjohansson1
    The more people that use the "I have no money excuse", the less competition there is!

    Unless of course, you're in affiliate marketing in the IM niche and you are selling tools to help people get there own businesses online... lol

    I tell people exactly how much it cost me to set up my domain, self hosted wordpress blog, and Aweber: $23

    Sure people can get similar tools for free, but when the money is there why start over?

    I suggest that people start with the high quality tools and one good training course to get things going.

    If people want something bad enough, they WILL find the money!
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    • Profile picture of the author John Durham
      Originally Posted by gjohansson1 View Post

      I suggest that people start with the high quality tools and one good training course to get things going.
      !
      I would bet you know exactly where they can get those tools too.

      I once had a crummy 100 dollar guitar, and wished I had a $3,000 one that I could write better songs on....and when I got it finally, much to my disapointment, I still had writers block.

      If you look at JF Straw's 6 figure per year site...its like the one hundred dollar guitar.

      Here's why its successful- because its based on a good idea.

      The hook , the creativity- thats where its at, and we are all built as bottomless wells of absolutely free creative power.

      But you did say they also could do it with free tools, so you are correct.

      I promise you that my ideas were no better on the 3k guitar than they were one the $100 one.

      Hope this post helps someone break out of the poor me funk.

      -JD
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  • Profile picture of the author Financial
    Some interesting comments
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    • Profile picture of the author fin
      I don't even think I could use money effectively in my business at the moment. I just think a lot of sweat equity is needed.

      I'd like to hire some people in the future, but not at the moment.

      I would say it depends on your business model. The only thing I need is words so I can just write, but if I needed a programmer I might be screwed.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jacqueline Smith
        Originally Posted by fin View Post

        The only thing I need is words so I can just write, but if I needed a programmer I might be screwed.
        Not true....I'm sure there is a programmer who needs words.

        Never underestimate the power of bartering!
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        • Profile picture of the author fin
          Originally Posted by Jacqueline Smith View Post

          Not true....I'm sure there is a programmer who needs words.

          Never underestimate the power of bartering!
          I could also go out and offer to cut peoples grass then pay for it myself :p
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  • Profile picture of the author Tsnyder
    Damn you, John! Running here and there laying waste to
    piss poor excuses. What's a slacker to do?
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    If you knew what I know you'd be doing what I do...
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  • Profile picture of the author gary lee
    Sure I could always use an extra 5 or 10 million. Just contact me with the check.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    It's Saturday morning and anyone on this early must be motivated.

    But if you're feeling stuck 'cause you "don't have the money", scroll on up and read the OP.

    Also, I was in a Raleigh supermarket and saw one of the t-shirts below...made me laugh. Yes, we were close to Durham NC but it still got the lol.



    I'm saving another one I found for later heh heh.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMiam
    If I have no money to start, I will have to find a way out.

    Either I keep standing on the same spot blaming I don't have $$$ to start a business, or I get out of my comfort zone and find out where to get the $$$.
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  • Profile picture of the author Walter Parrish
    Originally Posted by John Durham View Post

    This post is about "not despising the days of humble beginnings". Not being too "proud" to begin humbly.

    "What do I already have that I can leverage to get what I want?"

    For those dreaming of investors, and saying "I cant make money because I have no investor":

    Nobody wants to throw money at someone who cant make money.

    In most cases if your idea is good its already producing. Investors dont mind helping to expand upon things that are already working, but who wants to throw money at someone who needs it?

    Money is very seldom the true answer ; "more creativity" is.

    In my own experience the best ideas have the potential to make their own money, and usually what we need is already there.

    Do you want to throw money at a bad headline?

    No.

    But if you have a good one, it will draw money on its own. As I gave an example in an earlier thread, some of the best ads in the world only cost 40 bucks, and if your idea is good they will explode and make tens of thousands- whereas, if it isnt , it wont make ANYTHING, and throwing more money at them wont help.

    So while some feel they lack financial resources. I believe that what they really need is to be more creative.

    Here's a good question that helps me alot.

    "What do I already have, that I can leverage to get what I want"

    Well lets look. If I was broke tomorrow I would have:

    A: "Internet access"- if I didnt I could use someone elses comuter for a couple of hours per day, and you probably could too, the fact that you are reading this is evidence.

    B: I have a "Phone"- If I didnt I would talk a friend into letting me use theirs.

    C: I have camtasia - if not I have a recording device that came with my computer.

    D: I have my choice of tons of free blogs and beginnners drag and drop webdesign programs that are free for everyone.

    E: I have access to thousands of places where I can advertise free (and if my hook is good and matching the market they will produce).

    F: I have creativity and I can test any headline I want for free.

    G: I have a phone book, and its full of consumers who obviously buy, because anywhere people sell they also buy.

    H: I have knowledge I can share

    I: I have (just like you have) access to thousands of outsourcers who can do work and I can pay them by the job that I got with my phone, phone book, and a little creativity.

    J: I have a signature and the ability to post in forums where people may be interested in my knowledge.

    K: I have a mind full of ideas, and the internet provides a blank canvass for me to try any of them that I want, to see what works.

    l: I have the ability to develop relationships and do projects with others, if its worth it to me to develop relationships and I dont just have my mind set that I need money.

    The list goes on....

    All of these things are tools that can produce finances, so none of us reading this really lack money to pull things off-only "good ideas".

    You probably have an idea that could make the money to invest in your other ideas...and if you cant think that far, why would anyone throw money at your ideas?

    Without those (good ideas) you are sunk anyway, even if you have a stack of cash to invest.

    You and I have all the resources in the world to promote good ideas, and if they are bad, then throwing money at them wont help, unless you use it to hire a pro marketer to write you an ad that will work, even then, if your idea is good many will JV with you and you may not need money up front.

    Heck if your idea is good I would gladly do it myself for a cut of sales, but if its bad I wouldnt be interested. It's all about the "idea" and the "creativity". Those are free for all, if they are willing to dig just a little deeper.

    "What do I ALREADY have , that I can leverage to get what I WANT?"

    Anyway, I said all of this to encourage those who feel they lack finances to pull off their ideas to ask "What do I already have, that I can leverage to get what I want".

    Now if you use that bottomless well of creativity to show that something can produce, then people will want to throw money at it.

    Hope this helps someone, get past the "I have no money excuse".

    Sincerely,
    JD
    It didn't make sense to me, because you were saying that investors don't want invest in people who are not already making something, and that if what they were doing was worth while it would make some money on its own.

    Given those facts. If you were broke tomorrow.
    No one would let you use their phone.
    No one would let you use their computer.
    No one would let you use their Internet. ETC

    Why because you are not showing anything right?

    I personally think that most investors are self absorbed azzholes who are to scared to take any real risk. The reason they only invest in projects that are already making something is because they are afraid they will lose. Think of all the inventions and ideas, heck most of your biggest one's today had no investors initially and would have gotten large without the investors. So, investors aren't really looking for anything except low risk opportunity. .
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