Dear Baybars, I would appreciate your advice. I have been working as a project manager for a long time at different companies and now my company is making me redundant. Although I have worked hard and achieved a lot of successful results, they didn’t consider my request to continue working with them. I am now in my late forties and I am thinking of starting my own business instead of looking for a job but fearful that it will not give me the stability that I need. I am the mother of two teenage daughters and I think about their future. That’s why I am considering starting my own business as the better solution. Through the years I have developed a lot of skills and contacts but the only problem is that I haven’t saved money and I don’t have enough to invest in a business. I have seen you saying that if you have a good business idea, that is all you need to start. I think I have a great business idea but don’t feel confident because of the lack of funds. Do you think that I can start a business without money and still be successful? Gibby   You don’t necessarily need money to succeed, but you need great ideas. Dear Gibby, At the very beginning of my career, I was like you in that I had no money to start a business. I was just a 22-year-old kid with no experience, no know-how, no network or mentor. With only $400 to my name and what turned out a rather unique perspective on potential opportunities, I started a successful business that evolved into what is now a multi-million-dollar operation. The difference is, however, that you are older and wiser th [...]

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