How Much Money Successful Entrepreneurs Started With

Perhaps the biggest lie we’ve come to believe is that it takes money to make money. If you’re thinking of starting your own business but don’t have the capital to get it off the ground, that doesn’t mean your dream is over before it’s even begun.

You can start small and grow your business as capital starts to come in, you can borrow money from a family or friend, or you can take out a business loan to give you the capital you need to get started. Just take a look below to see how much (or, little) money these wildly successful entrepreneurs started out with, and what they were able to create from practically nothing.

So you want to start a new business but you haven’t got any money so you feel you won’t be able to make a success of it?

It doesn’t always take money to make money!

Lending Tree share some of examples of entrepreneurs who started with nothing in the infographic below.

What 25 Entrepreneurs Started Out With


Regardless of your definition of success, there are, oddly enough, a great number of common characteristics that are shared by successful business people. You can place a check beside each characteristic that you feel that you possess. This way, you can see how you stack up. Even if you don’t have all of these characteristics, don’t fret. Most can be learned with practice and by developing a winning attitude, especially if you set goals and apply yourself, through strategic planning, to reach those goals in incremental and measurable stages.

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