Business Startups in College
Mark Zuckerberg may have managed his business startup in college, but that was a long time ago in the infancy of the internet.
These days it's not so easy ... but you can do it if you're organised, determined and focused.
Your Business Startup Idea
A business startup idea doesn't have to be profound or totally new. Take me, for example - there are a whole lot of people out there doing what I do. It may be the same for you.
Sit down. Write a list of the things you can do. Then google each one of the items on your list.
You can bet that there are at least 10 other people offering items on your list as services, for which they get paid.
And believe me, there are many people out there getting paid for doing what you do, who are nothing like as good at whatever that is as you are.
Make a Website
If you have no experience with websites, this may seem an impossible obstacle.
Particularly if you have no time and little money.
But the truth is that when you're just starting, all you need is a one page website with an explanation of what you do and a method of contacting you. That's it. You can add pages later as you grow.
There are a couple of ways you can tackle creating a business website for your idea.
- Choose one of the many do it yourself website creators out there, like Wix. Weebly, SquareSpace or one of the other lesser known ones.
- Outsource to someone who can help you.
Ooooh! Outsourcing - that sounds expensive!
It's not really - or at least, it doesn't have to be. And in the long run, it will save you money and tears.
So how do you find someone to help you build a one page - or anything up to 5 pages! - website for a reasonable price and a reliable outcome?
Reliable Freelancing Sites
Choosing website creation through a freelancing site means both parties are protected, you can compare prices, feedback and outcomes ... and you'll find prices a great deal more accessible than going direct to an agency or independent.
If things go haywire, it's also a lot easier to get your money back, so for the risk averse - isn't that everyone? - that's extremely reassuring.
Which are the most reliable freelancing sites?
Well, you'll find me here on People Per Hour - a popular UK site where you post your job spec and people bid for it.
And you'll also find me on Fiverr, based in Israel and newly floated on the NY stock market. On this site you look for someone who does what you want and then order from them. Plenty of choice from all over the world. Contact me there for a customised offer.
Have you ever outsourced to one of the freelancing sites? Share your experience in the comments below.