Most of us would say no.
But get your head out of the gutter, because we’re talking about a “Business” virgin.
What would it mean to you if you made a few hundred extra dollars a month? Help with the rent or mortgage? Groceries? Medical? More restaurants? Gas? Just extra pocket change?
Think of it, if you make $500 dollars a month, thats the payment for a nice luxury car.
And most of us, if we really think about it, can make that $500 per month. That’s not from your job, just something extra.
It’s easier than you think. Just stew on this for a moment…
You don’t need all that money you thought about
We attend high school and finish college. Both of these institutions taught us that you need a business plan, financing, funding, bank loans, expensive offices. Realize that most of the biggest companies in the world were started in garages (Apple), dorm rooms (Facebook), and home (Bill Gates).
You don’t need to be a programmer
Programmers can be hired to do a lot of things from around the world. You only need to know what you want to do - in detail.
It does not have to be perfect
Everyone thinks that your first idea has to be perfect. Remember the early Facebook? Early Windows? Early Apple? All those people who made those things look back in embarrasment at their first tries. Stop trying to be perfect, get something out there now - then slowly make it better.
It only requires an hour or two per day
This is the one where we fall down the most. Everyone says they’re “too busy”. But the fact is that many of the most interesting founders these days have families, kids, obligations, and even day jobs. But at night they go home and hack at starting something. Even one or two hours consistently every day will make a HUGE difference in outcome.
My mom and I don’t talk that much these days (another email), but one thing she told me - “Always have something to sell.”
That has always remained with me. Whether it’s a product or a service, or a combination of both (productized service), if you have something to sell, others will eventually buy it.
You might just surprise yourself.