Just wanted to start a thread with this post.
I noticed many people (myself included in the past) are not putting money into their ideas, websites, marketing etc. trying to do everything using free resources or on a shoe string budget.
The problem with that is that it is hard. Very hard and unless you have something that is so unique and so good that it goes viral your screwed, your business, idea and website will be a complete and total waste of time, you will end up feeling defeated and you'll just become one of those numbers that never made it.
You need money. You need capital. You need investment.
If you have money you can pay for advertising, you can pay for design, seo, you can hire someone to do admin, you can hire sales people. You can do all of the things you wish you could do.
My own journey has shown me that when I invest real money, take a chance and take a small loan out or invest some of my own money. It works. It always works.
Here are some ideas:
Take a chance, invest some of your own money that you can afford. Some savings, or sell all your garbage on eBay and invest the money made.
Take a small loan out from your bank. 5K goes a very long way these days online.
Use a credit card.
Look for investors, family and friends will sometimes be the best investors... or the worst. So be careful, or alternatively go to a lawyer or your bank manager or accountant and usually they can put you in touch with an investor or a group.
To use an analogy; your business or idea is like a tree.
It really is.
Most people plant seeds all of the time.
But they are too scared to invest water, nutrients, sun, time and energy for fear that the tree may fail to grow when in reality if the seed (idea) is good and the circumstances are good (soil, climate etc) All the tree needs is the basics to grow and it will grow.
How crazy is that? But it's true!
Most people plant that seed and then give it the absolute minimum of energy and time. They think about it all day, but thinking and willing the tree to grow does not make it grow, and visualizing a big beautiful and bountiful tree full of fruit also does not make it grow.
The tree has potential, but it needs life giving water, nutrients, sunlight...
Your business is no different!
It needs nutrients to grow. It needs traffic, it needs marketing, it needs seo, it needs administration, it needs sales and it needs support!
The only way you can put all of this energy into your business is tyo put some money into it.
Stop starving your trees!
If you believe in your idea and your business then put your money where your mouth is and put some money into it!
Whats the worst that's going to happen? Your going to have a credit card to pay off? Big deal, welcome to Planet Earth and join the queue!
There are so many good ideas out there, so many good businesses that never take off because their owners and founders are holding back because they fear a big bad monster will eat them... it's ridiculous.
I see people on FaceBook trying to start their business with a fan page that they never advertise or put any effort in and then they wonder why their business never truly takes off.
I see the same with people that ask me to build them a website. They want it done for free or for $50. Instead of paying the right amount to he right people for a real website with seo, design, shopping cart and the works!
I hope this motivates someone to put money into their business.
If you put just $500 into your business today I GUARANTEE that you will see positive results!