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How to start a business with no money

How many people in life have said these words: ‘I hate my job’, ‘I can’t get a job’, ‘I would like to start my own business but have no start-up capital’. I can think of many people, as well as the thousands of emails I receive, that use this mantra everyday. But, until you think about it differently, you cannot change the status quo. What you put out is what you get back in. If you have the desire to become an entrepreneur then you need to change the way you think and act accordingly. Maybe the time is now to #ThinkBeyondAJob and start your own business.

Taking control of your own destiny by owning your own business isn’t just a way to wealth – it’s a way to pursue your life’s dreams and find personal fulfilment. This path isn’t an easy one, but it’s one that all of history’s greatest entrepreneurs have had to follow.

For most South Africans, starting a business is a daunting and almost impossible task, but for many, thinking beyond a job and opting for the entrepreneurial way of life is the only way for the future, and it doesn’t need to take money to achieve this.

A person’s natural reaction is to immediately point out the negatives; it’s almost a knee-jerk reaction in response to the possibility of failure and the lack of funding. The ones that dare to fail are the ones that will succeed in the end. A successful person will take each failure as a lesson, a lesson that will stand them in good stead for chasing their dreams and achieving success in the long run.

To me the saddest tragedy of all is that the people who have the drive, know how, passion and talent to succeed as entrepreneurs simply never try. Why? Because from a young age we are indoctrinated with the idea that failure is indeed that, Failure. The world’s most successful entrepreneurs know that each failure is another step in the staircase to business success and achieving greatness.

‪With unemployment so high at 26.7% and 1 in 3 job seekers not able to find a job, the #ThinkBeyondAJob initiative will without doubt make a positive difference to thousands of families throughout South Africa. The initiative, powered by the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) is about promoting and encouraging entrepreneurship as a viable career option and showing those who don’t have start-up capital how to start a business with no money. For many this is an exciting option and an opportunity to become an entrepreneurial legend.

Entrepreneurs will often have amazing business ideas, but they put them on hold due to a lack of capital. They assume that their idea will never get off the ground unless they have major funding behind them. Many of the world’s greatest entrepreneurial success stories started out in a garage with no money. Don’t let the lack of funding stop you! Yes, there will be long stressful days with little to no sleep. But those that want it badly enough will make it. So, take action and create another legendary story.

Starting a business with no money but plenty of passion, perseverance and persistence is the way to go. Don’t let a lack of start-up capital destroy your dreams. It’s time to change the mind-set and go from zero to hero.

Jump in on the action and follow the #ThinkBeyondAJob initiative. Stay close to the NSBC in all its activities and see how you can start out and achieve greater success.

Don’t miss out on the ‘How to start a business with no money’ seminars at My Business Expo coming up soon in Cape Town and Joburg. Pre-registration for My Business Expo is FREE. Visit

Proudly brought to you by the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC).