Seeking investors can be a reliable way of building startup capital, but it can also leave you under the control of outsiders and forced to surrender some control over your business model in order to keep those investors happy. Bootstrapping your startup, or financing the venture with your own money, leaves you in control and completely independent. It can also be a struggle if you’re not sure where to begin. Here are ten ways to bootstrap your first startup and get your business off the ground yourself.
Boostrapping your startup will require a serious commitment, but can also give you a very real incentive to get things right the very first time. Launching without a safety net can be daunting, but you’ll be positioned to reap maximum reward when your independent venture launches and begins to thrive.