46 Ways To Start A Business With Little Money – Part II

14 Aug

By: Brian Armstrong

(Continued from Part I with some editing)

Creating Info Products

20. Use an ebook template like these from Eben Pagan

21. For print books, self publish it at www.lulu.com and use print on demand (they don’t print a single book until someone buys it which means you have zero up front cost for inventory!)

22. Use a $20 webcam or digital camera to create educational video products

23. Use camtasia ( $200 for PC) or iShowU ($20 for Mac) to record your screen and make great videos like this one. Or record powerpoints and do the voiceover to make great educational products. Update: even cheaper use ScreenToaster.

24. Use a mac to edit your videos (iMovie is free) and you can even produce DVD’s

Before investing in a retail location…

25. Go to a local fair or festival and rent a booth to see if anyone buys your product. Talk to potential customers and get feedback.

26. Try selling it on ebay or other classified websites like Bongthom.com.

Always be learning about business

27. Go to a meetup.com groups in your city related to business/entrepreneurship

28. Read all the best business books by getting them from the library

29. Get 3 of the top 10 books on building wealth for free in PDF

30. Make friends with other entrepreneurs and share material

31. Install the stumble upon toolbar and choose business/entrepreneurship as one of your interests to find all the best videos and talks out there (this is literally like going to a free semester of business school, you get to see all the best speakers and thinkers of our time, and those of the past)

32. Read blogs like this one in google reader


Marketing, free website traffic, and getting your first customer

33. Get 250 full-color business cards for free to hand out to people you meet

34. Post an offer on craigslist

35. Post videos on youtube with links to your website

36. Post the same video to all video sharing sites (Google Video, Yahoo Video, MySpace, Revver, etc) at once with TubeMogul (this is some of the best free marketing you can do)

37. Generate leads by offering an incentive on your website for people to give you their contact info (some incentives that work well: Top 10 reports like the top 10 myths about…the top 10 thing you should know before…etc, videos, audio interviews, one page cheat sheets, free ebooks)

38. Write a good article and send it to more popular websites (include your byline at the bottom). This is also known as doing guest posts and is the #1 thing I used to grow this blog when it first started out.

39. Learn how to use google adwords and spend $10 and see if it brings in at least $10 (if so keep going!)

40. If you can’t afford to get links from expensive directories like Yahoo ($299) useDirectory Submitter to get links from hundreds of smaller directories for free

41. Pick a good domain name with your keywords in the domain (use hyphens if necessary). This will help you rank in Google for that keyword and get visitors to your website.

42. Do some basic on page SEO

43. Research what keywords will bring you the most traffic (and are least competitive) with keyword discoveryWordtracker’s Free Service, and (probably the best option) WordTrackers free trial of their full service (just have to remember to cancel within 7 days to not get charged!)

44. See which keywords are likely to bring buyers (instead of tire kickers)

45. Get more incoming links to your site by creating a Squidoo page (these rank very high in the search engines for some reason!)

46. Send an email to everyone in your email program’s contact list with a short friendly note letting them know you are starting a business and ask if they could forward it to just one or two people who might be interested. Offer something free for the first 10 people. This has an exponential effect because it not only reaches who you know, but everyone who knows who you know (an order of magnitude bigger group of people.)

Hope this all helps!

5 Responses to “46 Ways To Start A Business With Little Money – Part II”

  1. anand parthasarathy November 11, 2011 at 2:47 am #

    iam looking to start a business in bangalore iam totally
    confused which type of business i can start. i have good
    typing skill and some knowledge about excel sheet.
    kindly advise any good geniune data enty jobs avialable
    in bangalore for the home based jobs.
    awaiting for your reply
    thnks nd rgds

    • callmets November 17, 2011 at 1:35 am #

      Dear Anand, I didn’t know if you direct your question to the right person. But I’m blogging from Cambodia so I have little knowledge about your country Bengalore. But i’d suggest you start doing what you love. Be excellent in it until people know who you are.

  2. language translator January 29, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    Great site and great content….to be more precise i would say that data entry jobs are hard to come by which are of real value…be aware of the sharks swirling the internet who are looking for ways to make money from people by offering an opportunity…for a fee! as suggested try to do something you like and prefer doing…..best of luck…

    • callmets January 29, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

      Thanks for your warning. Hope it helps our readers 🙂

      • Luke November 8, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

        It helped me. After doing a little research I quickly realized you were right about data entry jobs with real value. Thanks.

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