I understand and can appreciate the suggestions. Your ideas are great.
However, I wonder if the successful commercial web site (to e able and compete with the "big boys" can be left to "templates" and "off the shelf - do it yourself" web designs.
I`m a true believer of the Tom Peter`s priciple, as outlined in "In Search of Excellance". It goes something like this ...
Do what you do best ... and contract out for everything else!
Isn`t that what "team building" is about? Finding the resources that are available, rather than trying to be a "Jack of all trades" ... so you don`t end up being a "Master of none".
There is a great article here at StartupNation entitles "Creative Business Financing Options: Self-Funding" ... http://www.startupnation.com/pages/articles/creative-busines s-financing-funding.asp .
That’s what Chris Consorte did in 1999 when he invested $6,000 from his savings account to start his interactive-marketing agency, Integrated Direct, in New York City. “I never got in over my head,” says Consorte, who has bootstrapped his company since then, without using debt or outside investment, to the tune of $1.2 million in annual revenues. “And I don’t owe anybody a dime.”
In a different lifetime, approx 17 years ago, I was in the equipment leasing industry. We worked with many new start-ups. The primary reason for failure ... lack of capital ... ie. NO MONEY.
Folks, if you have great idea, a great vision, a great concept ... "go to the mattresses" (a great line from the "Godfather") and save, save, save every dime you have ... if it means working 2 or 3 jobs to save what you will need to start your dream. Hold a garage sale (or 2 or 3). Threaten to sell the kids. Get everyone in the family to pitch in. If you do it that way ... you can sleep very well at night ... knowing you don`t owe anyone any money.
It can be done. Believe me, I know. I knew I didn`t have the needed capital to fully fund GoTruckStop.com . So I went to work in Iraq for a year, to help build my nest egg. (And it was a great way to serve my country too.)
Anyhow, I say hats off to the previous suggestions. It`s great to see folks offering ideas, resources and contacts. You can succeed ... you just have to want it so bad you can taste it, smell it and feel it.
And yes, I will see you at the top.