Is it good to start from nothing?

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Is it good to start from nothing?

There is that phrase "started from the bottom" and with that being said its means to turn nothing into something . I have seen a few cases were people have literally built themselves up with no help or head starts, my question is could that be a really smart thing to do for someone who is new to freelance. I know before I got my self in to free lance work I was working at the same company for about 3 years and working free lance on the side basically working with training wheels making sure I was stable before taking everything into my own hands . I want to know for a beginner what are the best options, start off roughing it out or build yourself up with some kind of backing like a job or savings ?


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Well we all have to start from nothing pretty much. Unless you come from a rich family and you're parents are millionaires lol. But we all pretty much live on a shoe-string budget and living our lives hand-to-mouth. But that doesn't mean we can't make it. Plenty of people have started with nothing and worked there way up to being a millionaire. There was that guy that started with a paper clip. He sold that and bought a pen. Then he sold that and bought a box of pens. Then he sold them and went on to buy something else a little more valuable each time and would make a profit each time. Until eventually he was made into a millionaire. I think he started on eBay.

Here is the story on the BBC site.
But he even had a Wiki made for him.

Here is what he actually done.

On July 14, 2005, he went to Vancouver and traded the paperclip for a fish-shaped pen.
He then traded the pen the same day for a hand-sculpted doorknob from Seattle, Washington.
On July 25, 2005, he travelled to Amherst, Massachusetts, with a friend to trade the doorknob for a Coleman camp stove (with fuel).
On September 24, 2005, he went to California, and traded the camp stove for a Honda generator.
On November 16, 2005, he made a second (and successful) attempt (after having the generator confiscated by the New York City Fire Department) in Maspeth, Queens, to trade the generator for an "instant party": an empty keg, an IOU for filling the keg with the beer of the bearer's choice, and a neon Budweiser sign.
Kyle MacDonald's house
On December 8, 2005, he traded the "instant party" to Quebec comedian and radio personality Michel Barrette for one Ski-doo snowmobile.
Within a week of that, he traded the snowmobile for a two-person trip to Yahk, British Columbia, in February 2006.
On or about January 7, 2006, he traded the second spot on the Yahk trip for a box truck.
On or about February 22, 2006, he traded the box truck for a recording contract with Metalworks in Mississauga, Ontario.
On or about April 11, 2006, he traded the recording contract to Jody Gnant for a year's rent in Phoenix, Arizona.
On or about April 26, 2006, he traded the one year's rent in Phoenix, Arizona, for one afternoon with Alice Cooper.
On or about May 26, 2006, he traded the one afternoon with Alice Cooper for a KISS motorized snow globe.
On or about June 2, 2006, he traded the KISS motorized snow globe to Corbin Bernsen for a role in the film Donna on Demand.[3]
On or about July 5, 2006, he traded the movie role for a two-story farmhouse in Kipling, Saskatchewan.

There is a video about it too;

The moral of the story is, we can all start at the bottom with nothing but a paper clip. And we can rise to the top like anyone else and up with a mansion!

So never give up on your dreams!

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Oh wow that is an amazing story Mike and it just goes to show that with a bit of creativity and a lot of determination we can achieve some incredible things!

Thank you for sharing this, I had never heard about this before now.

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A lot of successful people we see around started from nothing and it what have come to stay especially if one do not have the required resources to start anything.

I'm starting mine from the scratch and I believing with this rate I will be high up in years to come.

I don't despise humble beginnings.

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I think starting at the bottom has a lot of advantages. I find that if I have to struggle and learn how to do things the hard way I understand things better, I am able to apply what I have learned because I am busy working with it.

In a lot of ways I think the people that have no help to start will find more success because they are most likely more hungry for it than someone that has been given a helping hand.

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Yea I agree something about having to build yourself up through your own trial and error that builds good character

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By starting from nothing is not bad idea for free lancer. By developing your business you also develop your self and your capabilities and getting experienced, constantly learning new tactics to survive on international market and so many different things regarding freelancing. So i am new starter i would probably do it all the same again, starting form bottom Is it good to start from nothing?

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School of Hard Knocks alumni, here.

Hey, when you've got nothing, you've got to go out there and hustle. I would've loved to have started out in my field with money, connections and a proper education, but I didn't have that luxury. I had no choice but to make it for myself.

I don't know if it's BETTER to start from scratch. It's harder, that's for sure. Goodness knows I'd have loved some help along the way. It probably would've saved me a few years of struggle.

I think it made me more independent and creative, or maybe I just tell myself that. ;)

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This is a good question and I think it depends. Of course, your life will be a lot easier if you have something to back you up like a job or savings but not everyone has that and they have created something successful. Some people may have no funds to start their business but they go and find investors and pitch their ideas to them. Therefore, it isn't essential that you have something to back you up because you can also find other people to do that. It does mean that you earn less profit because chances are you will need to split it out to the investors.

Overall, having funds to back yourself up gives you a big advantage but it isn't essential. I started with nothing and slowly build up my business. If you lack funds, you can always earn it by going small and then invest it back into your business to grow it. However, it can be hard at times because you need the profits for your expenses but it is definitely do-able if you spend less money and invest it back into your business.

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I don't think there is a freelancer out there that didn't start for the very bottom. I mean that's pretty much how freelancing works, you gain some skills, offer some services and you gradually develop and start earning more.

Even if you have the right skills and the experience of offer direct high and freelance services, that doesn't mean you haven't start from the bottom, because acquiring those skills takes time and effort, you can't inherit freelance skills lol.

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I started from the bottom and I must say that I have learnt so much over the weeks I have worked as a freelancer learning from so many articles and well as sharing my knowledge with the other people I have worked with over this period of time. So, there is nothing wrong starting from the scratch.

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A lot of successful people we see around started from nothing and it will remain same with little or no resources.

Starting from the scratch has its
advantages especially learning about the pitfalls and trying to avoid them in the long run.

I have started mine with no resources but I believe I will build it into something very big because I'm working pretty hard towards it.

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I know that successful businessmen are so proud to say that they started from nothing. But if you will check the facts, it cannot be so. There is a source of investment like they sold their car or even their home for the capital. And even now with an online business, it is not a good idea to start with nothing in your pocket. When the business grows, you will just borrow money and spend for the interest on the loans.

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I understand the equation nothing from nothing leaves nothing. I also understand that when MusicMoguls asks the question he doesn't literally mean nothing. But if you have to sell your car or your CDs (my personal joke), the point is that you started from scratch. Nobody gave you anything to get started. You were on your own.

But whether you start with something or start with nothing, the point is your started. If you're blessed enough to have a grandma that gives you money to chase your dream (Spike Lee's grandmother gave him money to get started. It wasn't much but it was enough!) … JUST START!

Fact is … when you look at a successful person, if they didn't tell you they started with nothing you would not know it unless you happened to know them and know where the came from.

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As an online freelancer working part time, I started working several years ago and only focused semi full-time a year ago. I started with no knowledge on how to earn online and over a period of 4 years I have gained the experience and knowledge needed to constantly earn a modest amount online. I can't say that the road that I've travelled was easy because it's not, but after 4 years I'm now reaping some of the rewards.

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