But I Don’t Have Any Money

Dan Miller —  March 12, 2013 — 9 Comments

I see 8-10 requests per week from people needing start-up money.  And yes, capital is always difficult to find – especially with businesses that tend to use service, information or technology.  So, does that mean it’s impossible to launch a great idea?  Absolutely not!!

According to the most recent Bureau of Census data, these are the figures for money needed for new businesses:

1% needed $1,000,000 or more

14% needed $25,000 — $999,999

10% needed $10,000 — $24,999

9% needed $5,000 — $9,999

34% needed less than $5,000

26% did not require any money at all!

This shows us that 69% of all new businesses need less than $10,000 to get started.  70% of the people on the street say they would like to start their own business.  Why don’t they?

I once worked with a gentleman who wanted to have his own antique business but had no money.  In fact, he had filed bankruptcy a couple of years prior to our meeting.  We were able to get an option on a lease for a warehouse with no money in advance.  He then divided the space into 74 spaces which he leased to vendors, collecting first and last month’s rent.  With that money in hand, he finalized the lease, did $20,000 in improvements, kept 3 spaces for his own merchandise, collected 10% commission on everyone’s sales and launched himself into a very positive cash flow from day one.

A young couple desperately wanted to open a coffee house.  The “experts” told them they had to have between $180,000 and $220,000.  I helped them find a location, buy used chairs and tables, create appealing menus, obtain a great looking neon sign, and open to immediate success for less than $5,000.

Another guy bought an orange grove, using the existing oranges on the trees as his down payment.  Another purchased an old estate house, contracting to sell the antique furniture as his down payment.  Several years ago I bought a house on a Saturday morning, gave the owner $3000, took over the loan, did some cosmetic Shark Tankimprovements, put it back on the market and sold it for a $21,000 profit.

Many of the best ideas today are not capital intensive.  They don’t require buildings, employees, and inventory.  Fear of failure is a larger obstacle than not having any money.

We’ve just added a Shark Tank session to our upcoming Innovate event (March 28-29). We’ve got a panel of expert Sharks and we’re going to select 5 participants to present their idea.  What would you do if you had $50,000 to invest in your business idea?  If you’re already registered you’ll get your fact sheet to complete and to be entered in the drawing for selling your idea.  Not registered yet – we’re still three weeks out but we’ve only got five more slots and then we’ll close this event.  Shark Tank at Innovate

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Don-Roulo/1161347140 Don Roulo

    Great idea Dan…Shark Tank at Innov8. I try to watch Shark Tank every week. Love the discussions and how people sell their ideas etc.

    • http://www.howtohaveapositiveattitude.com/ Brad McCullouch

      It’s often very interesting- to put it mildly. No room for timidity.
      Brad McCullouch

  • http://www.livebeyondawesome.com/ Jen McDonough “The Iron Jen”

    Dan, i was talking to Pierce today and he was talking about the Shark Tank event coming up. That sounds like an absolute hoot! I hope you do it at the September conference as well as it would be a joy to watch!
    This post was VERY interesting!!! Thank you.
    Live Beyond Awesome.

    • 48DaysDan

      Jen – we’ll see how it goes. I’m hoping it’s a smash success that we’ll want to repeat and expand on. Who knows how far this could go!!

  • http://www.howtohaveapositiveattitude.com/ Brad McCullouch

    Now how cool is that! What little start up capital really is needed for most ventures. But the Shark Tank is a great idea also.
    Brad McCullouch

  • http://www.mythinkingbox.com/ Terry Hadaway

    Dan, thanks for encouraging folks to dial into my write NOW teleconference last night. We had a great turnout and have a social media marketing expert lined up for next month. Once you mentioned it, people jumped on board. I appreciate your confidence in me!

    • 48DaysDan

      Awesome – I’m delighted you had a great event.

  • http://zenartandillustration.wordpress.com/ Raven Burnes

    The Shark Tank idea is a great one! It’s hard for me to watch that show though because I get so nervous for the presenters and feel bad for them when they get shown the door. But it’s great fun seeing all the good ideas out there!

  • Craig

    For all the Shark Tank fans out there…also check out a show called “Dragon’s Den” – it’s based on the very same premise. Various countries broadcast their own version of Dragon’s Den. Search youtube for Dragon’s Den UK, Canada or Ireland for full episodes. It’s interesting to see how the negotiation styles differ from country to country (for example, the UK “Dragons” appear to scrutinize investment opportunities at much greater lengths than their US “Shark” counterparts).