I am 29 years old and I realized at a very early age that I wanted to be my own boss. If you have your own trade, your own connections, and your own marketing abilities......why make someone else rich?
In my 20's I had many different ideas... Custom TShirts, Car Sales, Bar / Club Marketing and I was very surprised that there were very few places to go to get business funding. I attended Northern Illinois University in my early 20's so coming to Chicago, I was brand new in the work force. I didn't have a solid credit history yet and I didn't have any family with money to dedicate to a start up business. I had to get creative.
I used Craigslist as a way to find the products and equipment I needed, I negotiated barter agreements and I worked out extended payment plans for a little over the asking price. I was surprised at how many people were able to help if you simply ask. I had business cards, a professional web site, and all of the equipment I needed within a few months.
Obviously different industries require more start up cost, but if you are "hungry" enough you will find a way to get your foot in the door. The experience helped me learn many things and I realized that I couldn't get the help I needed from Small Business Associations, Local Chamber of Commerce, or even local banks. With the wave of social media sites now, there are many ways to partner with friends, contact multiple people at one time and get the marketing you need to get your name and information out there.
Currently I am a partner at www.BigTunaWeb.com - We help small business owners create affordable custom web sites that are also ranking excellent on major search engine such as Google, Yahoo and Bing. If you need help with small business advertising or have a start up idea of your own. I can help..... Call me directly at 630.622.4174.