When your purse strings are really tight you surely don’t want to spend at all. You tell yourself that you will do everything yourself in the beginning until you establish yourself and get going.
Of course you can do everything yourself but you should know that you will drive yourself crazy if you do so. Starting up has so many aspects to it that handling everything can be very stressful. In the beginning you won’t face a problem at all. In fact you will enjoy playing various roles but soon you’ll experience burn out. You won’t be able to handle all the workload and the stress will decrease your productivity very significantly. Are you willing to take that risk? I am sure, not. What do you do then? You get smart!
Here are excellent ways to keep your sanity intact while bootstrapping:
Check your Network
Not many of us even realize that we are surrounded by experts who are willing to give us valuable advice on how to startup and work through the initial stages. You may have a couple of entrepreneurs in your own network that can speak from their own experience. Since they are your well wishers they will obviously give you great advice. When you have great piece of advice you can formulate plans effectively and learn how to start off without spending money.
The advantages of bartering were enumerated in a previous article but I’ll say them again for your benefit. Bartering is probably the best way to get things done and save money at the same time. Offer services in return of services and you will do just fine. You don’t need to hire experts at hefty salaries. Not only will this system help you in the beginning but it will also help you build partnerships and long-term relationships that can prove to be very beneficial.
You don’t need to hire professionals and experts right away. You can check out free or cheap tools that enable you to hire freelancers who work per task. They are usually not expensive and their work is commendable. Just make sure you refine your search process based on proper evaluation to outsource the work to a good freelancer.
These are the three steps to bootstrapping while keeping yourself sane and happy!
Bootstrapping can be tough and can drive you into believing that you can do everything by yourself. Ultimately you will realize that you were wrong. Instead of putting yourself through so much and going insane eventually, try bartering, talking to experts, and outsourcing smartly to keep the costs low while getting things done.