I'm broke... I can't start a business!

Are you “stuck” at a 9 to 5 you don’t love living paycheck to paycheck? Do you spend your 9 to 5 hours day dreaming of how you can follow your passion, fulfill your purpose, and make some pretty paper (you know… the green kind)? You’re probably saying, I’ve got this great idea but.. I’m broke! I can’t start a business!  Does that sound like you?

Well guess what? YOU’RE WRONG. Yes I said it. You. Are. Wrong. Take that. *shrugs* Okay now that we’ve got that out of the way let me tell you why you’re wrong and how we can make it all right.

Number One:
There are an abundance of free and low cost tools and apps available to manage your business. Take advantage of the free resources available to you! Seems like a no brainer unless you are anything like I was, believing that nothing in life is FREE. Which means you are totally unaware of the free software and apps you can use to manage your business. Or maybe you haven’t taken the time to research the free tools out there. Or perhaps there are SO MANY free tools that you don’t know which one to choose. Well, there’s an app for that…keep reading.

There are an abundance of free and low cost tools and apps available to you to manage your business.

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Number Two:
Think about how much money you WASTE every month. Yes I said waste. And by waste I mean giving your pretty passion paper away mindlessly. I know, I know. You’re thinking, “didn’t I just say I’m living paycheck to paycheck? (rolls eyes)” Yes I know, but I’m willing to bet that you can find a good $70 per month that you are spending on unnecessary things.
Stop funding your WANTs when you NEED to get your purse right. Stop giving your passion paper to Starbucks, McDonalds, and the cable company. They’re already paid! You’re trying to get paid! Make your own coffee! Grill your own burgers! And you don’t need every movie channel…I promise. Now, if the thought of that bothers you, no problem if you’re not about that life. But apparently you aren’t about that “pretty paper in my purse” life either. IJS.

Stop funding your WANTs when you NEED to get your purse right.

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SO here’s your Pretty Paper assignment: Go over your last 2 to 3 months bank statements line by line. You can easily download your transaction via your online banking site. (side note: if you’re not using online banking…start. Come on and join us in 2015). See where you are wasting money. Where can you cut back? What can you sacrifice today so you can live the life you dream of tomorrow? What are you spending money on that you can do for yourself? Add up what you find. (Use my Where’s my Pretty Paper Worksheet as a guide). You will be surprised at how much of your pretty paper you are giving away to folks that’s already rich. So what did you find? $30? $100? Do you know what you could be doing with that?!? You guessed it. Investing in your passion and starting your business.

You are NOT broke. You are temporarily cash strapped. Start reinvesting your pretty pennies!

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So, just to be clear: You are NOT broke. You are temporarily cash strapped which is soon to be changed once you start reinvesting your pretty paper instead of giving it away. You CAN start your business and you WILL use the free and low cost tools available to you to do so. Grab My Favorite Startup Business Tools list. Kick that money crutch to the curb and go pursue your passion! Ciao for now… Allison