These bootstrapping tips are from Danielle Tate, CEO of MissNowMrs.com and the author of the Elegant Entrepreneur:
- Focus on why you are bootstrapping. You will remain in control of your vision and all the decisions concerning how you grow and where you go. The important thing is to identify the steps necessary to go from idea to income, and then take those steps methodically.
- Be creative about your beginnings. You do not necessarily need office space or a fancy desk. Think about where Mattel, Apple, and HP began. . .all in a garage.
- Barter. As an entrepreneur, don’t be afraid to trade or barter for the things you need to succeed. Swap marketing advice for coding or a vacation home stay for graphic design work. You have to be scrappy and humble to self-fund a venture
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