"Inch by inch, row by row...that's way my garden grows" was a favorite saying of my grandmother's -- usually when she was trying to teach me something about patience!
While I've never learned art of having patience, I have learned that that particular saying can apply to creating a successful business.
If you've got big dreams for starting or growing your own business, but you lack start-up capital, technical assistance or training that you need to succeed, then start by thinking...small.
In fact, think smaller than small. Think micro -- as in "microenterprise development programs".
What is a microenterprise development program?
Basically, it's a government sponsored or supported program that provides start-up or expansion capital, technical assistance and training to microbusinesses. It's designed to help entrepreneurs who don't have access to traditional means of credit. Which means that if you're low-income, you've got bad or no credit, you don't have enough collateral to apply for a business loan -- then you're a good candidate for a microloan.
Need other help?
How about training? Learning to write a business plan? Want to go back to school? Need help understand how to put together a cash flow statement?
Most microenterprise development programs also offer training, workshops and other assistance. If they don't offer it themselves, they'll be able to refer you to a community organization that does, and guess what? The help is often free, or offered for a very low cost!