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Launching a Bootstrap Business in 2024: A Step-by-Step Guide

Gemma Henry

Bootstrapping in the context of starting a business means launching and growing a business without large upfront investments. A dropshipping business is a great example of a bootstrap business. It basically involves starting a company from the ground up and doing so solely using personal savings and/or existing resources rather than relying on external monetary contributions from business loans or investors.

Starting a bootstrap business with minimal capital can be limiting in terms of what you are able to do to grow and scale up in the early stages. But there are also plenty of upsides to the bootstrap business strategy including low risks and business efficiency. Rather than wasting time or energy on things that don't matter, with minimal resources you’ll need to be focused on what does matter. This will ensure that those resources - however minimal they may be - are being utilized in the most effective way possible.

The entrepreneurial landscape in 2024 is set to be as dynamic and ever-evolving  as ever. The unique ecommerce ecosystem presents both opportunities and challenges for bootstrap businesses just starting out. And that’s why understanding the landscape and how to navigate it is crucial for entrepreneurs hoping to thrive in the modern economy.

In this guide, we’ll take you through everything you need to know about starting, and growing a bootstrap business in 2024.

Identifying Lucrative Bootstrap Business Ideas

There are many different trends and opportunities in 2024 for dropshippers just starting out to explore. The key thing to understand while identifying a lucrative bootstrap business idea is that there are different types of niches. And incorporating elements of each of those different niches is the secret to success.

The different types of niches include:

  • Evergreen niches: The term evergreen applies to products that are generally in demand year round. Beauty and skincare, pet products, and home improvement essentials are all examples of evergreen product niches.
  • Seasonal niches: Seasonal products are products that are only in demand at a certain time of year. Christmas and Thanksgiving are examples of seasonal niche categories, as holiday-themed decorations, cards, gifts, and homewares are in high demand only in the lead up to the holiday itself.
  • Emerging niches: Emerging niches or trends are trends that appear to be increasing in demand Y-o-Y (year-over-year). They have the potential to become evergreen niches, but the data just isn’t there to prove it yet. Sustainable and eco products, tech accessories, and smart home accessories are three great examples of emerging trends in the ecommerce world.

Find the right balance between the three types of niches and you’ll consistently have a product offering that is in demand. 

With this in mind, it’s easy to understand how your niche selection is essential if you want to achieve maximum Impact. Analyzing market gaps and customer demand is an integral part of the process. And that brings us nicely onto the topic of market research.

Conducting Market Research

Conducting market research is essential before defining your shopping niche. And with effective and free tools such as Google Trends, dropshippers can identify product trends and learn to analyze product search volumes properly.

Google Trends captures and visualizes consumer search interest through automated analyzation of search term frequencies. It displays the data in a graph format so that you can see the level of demand and how that is changing over time. This is a visual representation of the number of times consumers enter a term in the search bar using Google over a specific date range. 

Google Trends also provides great insights for anyone considering which niche is right for their bootstrap business. It can also be used to identify opportunities to add new products related to your niche. To do this, enter a niche into the search bar of Google Trends. The data linked to the interest within that niche over time will then be populated into a visual chart. 

Understanding the needs of your target audience is another key element. Identifying the preferences of your target audience can help you market your products more effectively. And so, studying up on your intended customer base is a must. 

To do this effectively, put yourself in their shoes. Try to embrace everything from their language preferences to their design preferences. Consider their life experiences - are they married, mature customers, parents, or single twenty-somethings? It doesn’t matter which of these demographics you choose, only that you gear everything towards that demographic. 

Then you’ll need to analyze the competitor landscape. Use a SWOT analysis to do this effectively. SWOT is an acronym for stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. It’s a strategic management and planning technique that helps businesses to assess their competitors. 

To really know who your competitors are you need to understand each of their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and how they affect your own SWOTs. For example, If a competitor’s weakness is poor customer service, an easy win for your bootstrap business would be to concentrate your efforts on delivering amazing customer service.

Crafting a Solid Business Plan

Creating a solid business plan is an essential step for a bootstrap business. Planning is necessary both in terms of being able to organize and understand the vectors of motion. You’ll need to put contingency plans in place too as this will better protect your bootstrap business against failure. 

Some of the key components of a bootstrap business plan include: 

  1. Market analysis. Start by analyzing the market. Look for product trends you can use to your advantage and do some indepth research into your target audience. Who are they and what do they want or need?
  2. Competitive analysis. The next step in an effective business plan for a bootstrap startup is identifying your main competitors. This is where a SWOT analysis really comes in handy. Highlight your competitors’ short falls and strive to excel where they have challenges to bridge the gap between your startup and their established business from the offset. 
  3. Marketing plan. Plan your marketing strategies. How will people know who you are and what you sell? Why should customers choose your bootstrap business for their needs? This is where a properly executed marketing strategy comes in handy.
  4. SEO. Optimize your store for search engines but ensure that the content you create is both informative and helpful for your customers. Both of these will help your dropshipping store rank better in the SERPs (Search Engine Ranking Positions) which will in turn increase your site’s visibility.

It’s important to understand that every entrepreneur faces challenges. And in dropshipping, it’s best to take things a day at a time. With dedication, drive, and a willingness to work hard, you’ll be able to overcome any obstacles that arise.

Setting realistic goals and milestones is another key part of steering your bootstrap business on the road to success. And to do this, you’ll need to be able to manage your own expectations from the offset. 

To do this, a great tip is to set SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-based). These can help you monitor your dropshipping business successes day by day and manage your expectations more effectively. 

Legal Considerations

It’s also important to properly understand the dropshipping regulations in your country of operation. This will help you avoid legal and compliance issues later on. Complying with consumer protection laws should be at a major focus of your initial business plan. Especially if you envisage your bootstrap as a long-term business strategy. Because this is a mandatory requirement for dropshippers, all Spocket suppliers are able to supply products that are good quality and align with both EU and US regulations.

Depending on which country you are operating in, there will be rules and regulations specific to that country that you will need to adhere to. And this includes registering your bootstrap business.

Another important legal consideration to bear in mind is the customs and import challenges. To minimize shipping delays due to customs, it’s best to know the ins and outs of what’s needed in your destination shipping country before your shipments pass through the customs process. If you’re importing goods from one country to another, you’ll need to understand the different ways in which the customs process can negatively impact shipping times and customer experience.

If you are importing goods from another country, those goods will need to clear customs before being given the green light to continue on their journey to your customers. Customs clearance is essentially the act of goods being authorized to enter the country. 

Each country has its own individual rules and regulations regarding imported goods. And in many cases import duties and taxes could apply. The best advice for bootstrap businesses and dropshippers alike is to make sure that the right documentation is easily accessible on the exterior of the package before it gets to customs. This helps to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible. 

But another obstacle dropshippers will need to contend with is the need to rely on our suppliers to do this for us. As failure to provide the correct paperwork can lead to lengthy customer wait times, and even additional charges, this is essential.

To avoid either of these issues having a negative impact on your bootstrap business, knowing the ins and outs of the customs processes in your destination shipping country is a must. Once you know the rules, restrictions, and any import duties related to the goods you’re selling, the whole customs process will become much clearer.

Usually, it is expected that the paperwork is accessible, clearly laid out, and features all the key pieces of information required to clear customs efficiently. With this in mind, you’ll need to find yourself a reputable and reliable dropshipping supplier. That’s where we can help. All Spocket dropshipping suppliers have been thoroughly vetted to make sure that they can reliably provide both the products, and the services, that dropshipping entrepreneurs need to succeed.

Intellectual Property Rights (also often shortened to IPR) is protection that provides certain exclusive rights to the inventors or creators of that property. In this case, that’s you. Having IPR will enable them to retain all commercial benefits from your creative efforts or reputation. There are a few different types of intellectual property protection a bootstrap business will need to consider including patent, copyright, and trademark. 

Cost-Efficient Branding and Marketing

Developing effective marketing strategies helps to make sure that you are targeting the correct audience. This is an integral part of dropshipping planning, especially if you want your bootstrap marketing campaigns to be a success. Building and maintaining a strong online presence is essential for success. So, here are some of the key things you should try to work into your marketing strategies as and when budget allows:

1. Exclusive deals

Hosting a successful marketing campaign is all about ATV (Average Transaction Value). Usually, having a higher ATV is a good sign that your bootstrap dropshipping business is doing well. 

So, coming up with strategies to help you tempt customers to spend more through your store is crucial. Flash deals like buy one, get one half price are a tried and tested formula you could use to incentivize your customers to up their ATVs. But you’ll need to complete an in depth pricing analysis to ensure viability before blindly offering marketing techniques of this nature. 

Another effective way to incentivize your customers to spend more through your bootstrap store is to offer free shipping over a specified minimum threshold.  

2. Use social media effectively

Social media is one of the most powerful tools in the world of marketing. So, use it to your advantage. Create posts featuring your latest dropshipping products on major social media platforms. Use visual marketing trends that are aligned with both your brand’s TOV, and your target audience to maximize the reach of your posts. This is a great way to leverage social media to help you build brand awareness.

3. Consider ad campaigns 

If your bootstrap business budget extends to ad campaigns, targeted advertising is a great investment. If not, pop this in your plan of action further down the line. Campaign tools available include Google Ads, Facebook Ads, and Instagram. Targeted ads help your marketing campaigns reach a higher volume of potential customers that are specifically looking for the products your bootstrap business is offering. 

4. Email marketing

When it comes to customer retention, your customer email list is integral. Email marketing helps to build a lasting relationship between your brand and your customers. By actively staying in touch with your customers, you can boost your dropshipping sales totals year-round. 

5. Guerrilla marketing

Guerilla marketing generally means using unconventional marketing strategies to create a buzz around your products or services. Here are some guerilla ideas and examples you can draw inspiration from while creating your own unique marketing campaign:

  • Setting up unusual photo ops
  • Executing publicity stunts
  • Bench advertising
  • Aiming to go viral on TikTok
  • Getting your brand on TV for free by getting friends and family members to wear branded t-shirts to live sporting events and music concerts
  • Brand participation in social movements - although, we’d advise caution on this one unless you’re confident that the movement aligns with your brand ethos and therefore your target audience
  • Partnering with influencers

Try out any combination of the tactics listed above if you want to set your brand apart from the crowd.

Establishing an Online Platform

One of the primary things you’ll need to think about when creating any type of eCommerce store is which platform you should use to build it. Many CMS (Content Management Systems) offer user-friendly interfaces and boast customizable site templates aplenty to choose from. This will help ensure that creating your new dropshipping space is a breeze.

Look for a web-based platform that allows business owners and entrepreneurs alike to set up their own online store, customize it to their preferences, and then use it to sell dropshipping products as they please. 

You need to be able to create and manage your store from wherever you like (as long as you have access to a reliable WiFi connection) and so a web-based CMS is often the best option. Plus, with a web-based content management system, you won’t need to install any specialist software onto your hardware either.

Look for customizable templates that will help you to create a professional-looking digital storefront. And check that the systems you intend to use and any plugins that you’ll need to help you run your dropshipping store can be integrated too.

Just as you want your CMS to be user-friendly, intuitive, and interactive, you’ll need to make sure that website boasts all these qualities too. If a customer finds a store easy to navigate, they are much more likely to become a repeat customer.

Next, let’s take a look at 10 e-commerce best practices to incorporate:

1. Choose your niche. When choosing a niche, go with a niche you know. That way, your expertise and passion will shine through everything you do.

2. Do product trend research. Using Google Trends or any other keyword tool, spend some time identifying different product trends that tie in with your niche.

3. Build your site. Once you have your dropshipping niche, and have been armed with the trends knowledge you need to succeed, it’s time to choose a CMS.

4. Find a reliable dropshipping supplier. You’ll need a dropshipping supplier you can trust. With Spocket, you’ll find access to reliable dropshippers that can offer high-quality products that meet both EU and US regulations. Plus, all of our suppliers are also able to offer fast shipping too.

5. Import dropshipping products. Once your site is built and you’ve found your suppliers, it’s time to import your chosen products to your dropshipping store. With a CMS that supports the Spocket plug in, you can import products and descriptions in little to no time at all.

6. SEO. Optimize your store using both on-page and off-page SEO techniques to improve your rankings in the SERPs and overall visibility.

7. Create marketing campaigns for socials. Plan visually eye-catching and engaging marketing campaigns to share on social channels in line with your business launch.

8. Handle the legalities. Register your bootstrap business, research the customs rules and regulations in your country of operation, and invest in IPR.

9. Launch your business. Launch your business and your social marketing campaigns and assess how your efforts have paid off. 

10. Continue to optimize content and research product, market, and target audience trends. Once your bootstrap business is live, you’ll need to be on the ball. Keep your eyes open and your ears to the ground for new product trends to add to your store, market trends to work into future campaigns, and target audience trends that will help you grow brand awareness.

Financial Management on a Tight Budget

Budgeting and expense management is another essential ongoing task for a bootstrap dropshipping business.

And that starts with knowing your strengths, understanding your weaknesses, and building on your skillset to improve in said areas of weakness. A SWOT analysis can help you understand the bigger picture better.

You’ll also need to plan carefully and research your business idea properly beforehand. Who are your main competitors and what are their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats? Who are your target audience and what do they want or need? What’s happening in the current market too? All of these aspects need to be covered in the discovery phase of launching your business.

Next you’ll need to work out your costs and a budget. What are those unavoidable costs that will need to be covered regardless? And how much can you afford to budget for? This is usually best managed on a monthly basis. However some brands may choose to implement quarterly budgets and others may prefer to maintain their budgets weekly.

Only buy the system subscriptions you need. Make use of free trials to find out whether your dropshipping store would benefit from additional services wherever possible. And don’t add on too many services all at once. These can always be added further down the line when your dropshipping store begins to reliably turn a profit.

Keep track of your finances closely. Know how much is coming into the business and how much you pay out too. Effectively tracking your finances can help you know when the time is right to start scaling up your bootstrap business. 

Alternative funding sources for bootstrap businesses

If you’re looking for alternative funding sources for your bootstrap businesses here are some to consider:

  • Angel investors
  • Venture capital
  • Business loans
  • Bootstrapping
  • Crowdfunding
  • Friends and Family
  • Grants
  • Personal loans
  • Asset finance

All of these are examples of alternative funding sources bootstrap businesses can turn to if necessary.

Part of succeeding in the world of bootstrapping is efficient cash flow management. Here are some of the techniques that can help you successfully achieve this:

  • Cash flow forecasting. This basically means forecasting your budgets (i.e., how much you expect to make, how much your business will spend, and the difference between the two). Forecasting can be a little tricky at first however, as you get used to it, it does get easier.
  • Leverage technology. Free software such as Google Sheets can be used to help keep track of your finances more effectively. Pre-format cells to complete specific calculations and all you’ll have to do is input the necessary values accurately. 
  • Cut expenses. If you don’t need a certain plug in right now, get rid of it at the end of the free trial. Avoid taking on any more financial burdens until your business is beginning to consistently turn over a profit.
  • Manage inventory. Build a good working relationship with your supplier and request regular inventory updates so that you know how their stock levels are faring. This is especially important in the run up to and during peak sales events such as Black Friday.
  • Offer different payment options. Consider offering various payment options for your customers to choose from. Doing so will increase the likelihood of conversion and minimize the risk of cart abandonment.

Building a Remote Team

As your bootstrap business begins to grow, you may need to consider building a remote team to help you with the daily tasks. 

Leveraging freelancers and remote workers to help you scale up your business. From freelance content writers and SEO specialists to admin and accounting contractors, there’s a world of self-employed experts you can use on both a short and long-term basis depending on the needs of your business.


When partnering with freelancers and building a remote team, having effective communication and collaboration tools is a real advantage. These can help you keep tabs on the progress of individual workers which is great for efficiency monitoring.

And with taking on the task of building a remote team, you’ll also need to learn how to effectively manage and motivate that remote team. Defining and monitoring KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) is a great way to do this. This process will look different for different roles within your remote team. But overall, by monitoring these KPIs you’ll be able to identify how effectively a team member is performing.

Scalability Strategies

Planning for growth and expansion is necessary, especially if you want to continue with incremental scaling strategies that require minimal investment.

And so, we’ve been evaluating opportunities for scaling in 2024 for you. Here are some examples of advanced strategies you can use to scale up your bootstrap dropshipping business fast:

  • Upselling. Product bundles, “have you seen” pop ups, and free shipping when you spend over a minimum threshold are all great examples of ways in which you can encourage your customers to spend more at your dropshipping store. 
  • Choose reliable suppliers. Partner with us and get access to reliable suppliers. As the positive customer reviews pile in, your business will scale up quickly.
  • Offer consistently exceptional customer service. To scale up, you’ll need to build a portfolio of consistently positive reviews. So, try to see a customer getting in touch as a unique opportunity to gain another positive review. 
  • Keep an eye on your competition. To stay ahead of the competition, you need to know what your competitors are doing and when. 
  • Optimize your site. Scaling up depends on visibility. And in order to get the best visibility in the SERPs you’ll need to dedicate some time to site SEO - both technical and content. This will help you improve brand visibility.
  • Marketing strategies. Marketing strategies (both paid and organic) are a useful tool you can use to help attract more customers to your dropshipping store. 
  • Live and breathe your brand. Everything you create - whatever platform it is you’re using - needs to be mindful of your brand’s ethos. Building a strong brand will build brand awareness which leads to higher brand related demand.
  • Expand product offering. Whenever demand allows, expand your dropshipping product catalog. But remember to do this naturally to avoid alienating your existing customers in favor of new ones. You want to build on that customer base, not create an entirely new one.
  • Offer shipping options. Giving your customers access to a range of different shipping options is a good way to improve your conversion rate and build up the number of positive reviews you receive.
  • Vary payment methods. Offering a wide range of payment options also helps to reduce cart abandonment stats.
  • Embrace seasonality. Choose several seasonal holidays to embrace and do it well. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter are all extremely popular shopping periods and the potential for sales to skyrocket are higher than ever when you lean into the festivities of the events. 

Technology Integration for Efficiency

You can make use of technology to keep all areas of your business running efficiently. By integrating technology, data is able to flow seamlessly between the different systems your business needs to run. This eradicates the need for manual data entry and reduces the risks posed by human error. This can significantly improve the efficiency and productivity of your business.

Technology can help you save time in so many different ways. Consider 30 years ago, before the mobile phone was commonplace and way before the smartphone was conceptualized. If you were out of the house and needed to ring home, you’d have to either find a payphone, rely on the kindness of strangers, or just go home. Fast forward to 2024 and more people over the age of 12 have smartphones than don’t. And communication, shopping, planning tools, and video conferencing is all in the palm of your hand (or your back pocket).

In bootstrapping, task automation is the process of using technology to complete tasks instead of processing them manually. The perks of modern technology enable automation of many different types of business processes. By automating time-consuming and repetitive tasks, you can increase productivity in your work-flow and preserve your team members for more priority tasks.

Staying up to date with the latest tech trends is essential for bootstrap businesses. Here are some of the ways you can actively keep on top of tech business trends:

  • Follow tech news
  • Attend tech events
  • Networking
  • Attend tech conferences
  • Experiment with emerging technologies
  • Join online courses
  • Leverage social media
  • Subscribe to industry newsletters
  • Connect with social media
  • Engage in online communities
  • Follow industry news and blogs
  • Follow industry thought leaders
  • Listen to colleagues
  • Listen to podcasts
  • Obtain professional certifications
  • Prioritize learning
  • Reading and research firms
  • Big data analytics
  • Collaborate and partner
  • Experiment and innovate
  • Focus on tech that enables growth
  • Invest in online subscriptions

All of the above are great ways to ensure that you’re equipped with the knowledge your business needs to streamline your workflow. By adopting time-saving technologies and using automation for routine tasks, you’ll be freed up to focus on more exciting areas of the business such as ideating marketing campaigns, scaling up, and market research.

Case Studies

Case studies are a great way to learn more about success stories in the world of bootstrapping. Learn more below:

Success Stories in Various Bootstrap Dropshipping Niches

Learn how an entrepreneur earned $178,000+ in just three months by dropshipping dog products. Or, discover how a working mum managed to earn $442,000+ by launching two separate dropshipping ventures - one in the women’s fashion niche and the other in the baby clothes niche. And then there’s the case study of a student who earned $224,000+ by dropshipping with Spocket in just 3 months. Each of these success stories starts with a business idea and a bootstrap budget. 

So, whatever route you’re considering for your bootstrap business, hopefully these testimonies of success will spur you on.

Networking and Collaborations

In terms of networking and collaboration, building partnerships with minimal resources is possible. Here are some tips to help you establish partnerships while bootstrapping:

  1. Identifying the Right Partners. The first step towards building a strong and successful partnership lies in the ability to identify the right partners. Remember to ascertain that any partner aligns with your brand values as the partnership needs to make sense to your target audiences too.
  2. Define Clear Goals and Expectations. Next, you’ll need to define your goals and expectations for the partnership. Usually the other side of the party will have their own goals and expectations too so it’s best to lay it all out in the open.
  3. Communicate Effectively. Effective communication is essential in any business partnership. Ensure you maintain open and honest communication and ensure that you encourage your partner to do the same.
  4. Collaborate and Innovate. Put your heads together, merge ideas , and come up with a truly unique marketing campaign that aligns with both of your brand values and showcases your partnership.
  5. Maintain the Relationship. Once you’ve built a partnership, maintaining the relationship is a priority, especially if you want to continue to work well together in the future.

The first step towards leveraging online communities and groups is to identify the ones that are cohesive but don’t compete with your niche. Search engines, social media, and online directories are all great ways to discover potential partners and explore your options.

Collaborative marketing strategies

Once you make a connection from which you can initiate a partnership, it’s time to look at different collaborative marketing strategies you can put to use thanks to that connection. Here are some examples of effective collaborative marketing strategies.

  • Collaborative giveaways
  • Think like a customer
  • Brand ambassador programs
  • Social media account takeovers
  • Social media post

As long as you set clear goals, share your brand values, create collaboration routines, and consider your target audience in everything you do, fulfilling campaign goals will be much easier. Above all else, remember to be true to your brand.

Overcoming Common Bootstrap Challenges

There are many challenges that bootstrap businesses will face. Here, we’ll outline some of the most common bootstrap challenges and offer solutions to help you overcome them once they arise.

Shipping and fulfillment challenges are inevitable in dropshipping. But addressing the issue of stockouts is easier with Spocket. Our dropshipping suppliers are able to consistently provide fast shipping and high-quality products. But it’s also wise not to put all your eggs in one basket. We’d recommend partnering with multiple suppliers so that you have a back up plan ready to be put into place as soon as it’s needed. 

Operating with limited resources can sometimes pose a challenge too. Especially for those new to the bootstrapping concept. But, starting out with limited resources can actually be a blessing in disguise. If budgets are tight from the get-go, you’ll have to learn how to make smart decisions involving money fast. And soon enough your business will be working hard with very little financial backing necessary.

Adapting to changes in the market is also essential for success. If you want to keep up with your competitors, you need to keep an eye on what they are doing all the time. Both product trends and marketing trends are ever-changing. And adapting your business plan to fit with changes in the market is a pivotal factor that can be the difference between failure and success.

Naturally, there will always be uncertainties that you’ll need to manage. But as long as you have the desire to succeed and the ability to adapt, your bootstrap business will be able to overcome the uncertainties that will undoubtedly come your way.


When starting up a bootstrap business, be sure to consider the legalities, manage your budget, and partner with reliable suppliers. You’ll also need to be able to keep up with ever-changing trends in the market, and keep up to date with what your competitors are doing.

While it might seem like a lot to keep track of, once you get into the swing of it you’ll have your bootstrap business running like clockwork. As long as you remain proactive and passionate about what you’re doing, as well as the willpower to stick it out through the uncertainty, your bootstrap business is destined for a bright future.


How Much Capital is Needed to Bootstrap a Business in 2024?
Our research suggests that small business owners spend an average of $40,000 in their first year of operation. But the actual costs of starting up a bootstrap business can vary greatly

Dropshipping is a great business model for anyone considering bootstrapping. Thanks to its low startup costs (due to not having to procure or store any inventory up front), and low overheads (for the same reasons), dropshipping requires very little start-up funds.

What Are the Best Bootstrap Business Ideas for Beginners?
If you’re considering launching a bootstrap business but aren’t quite sure where to begin, here are some of the best ideas:

  • Dropshipping
  • Print on Demand services
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Blogging or Vlogging
  • Freelancing

All of these are viable options for bootstrap beginners searching for business ideas.

How Can I Compete with Established Brands on a Limited Budget?
Competing with established brands is easier when you carry out SWOT analysis of each of your competitors. Look for weaknesses in their product offering or services and make a decided effort to try to excel where they fall short. Established brands can have 100,000 customer reviews but if their average rating is 3.5 stars, all you’ll need is ten 4 and 5 star reviews to start stealing some of their market share. 

Is Bootstrapping Suitable for Every Business?
Yes and no. Conceptually, you can apply this bootstrapping advice to any business idea. But in reality, bootstrapping would be far more difficult in some industries. Traditional retail, for example, has a lot more overheads. You’ll need funds to buy products up front, plus funds to rent warehousing of some description, and possibly even funds for a bricks and mortar store. Those non-negotiable business costs make bootstrapping in certain industries impossible.

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Gemma Henry

Gemma has a passion for writing, an enthusiasm for eCommerce, and a flair for creating informative content that drives others to follow their dreams. Her work foundations are built on thorough research to allow you to find all the need-to-know info in one place.

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