It’s not uncommon that small business owners, especially a one-person team, are looking for ways to cut costs wherever necessary. Most of the time, these one-person business owners are doing their business part-time while working a main job (the one that provides the most income). It does take a while to truly begin making a profit from a business. As a business owner, you’re forced to wear many hats, you’re trying to get your money back for the investment in the business, plus you’re trying to utilize free tools where possible. Being a business owner is tough, and it’s also expensive.
Business owners tend to spend the most money right when they’re trying to start their business. This usually leads to only one investment and the lack of willingness (or resources) to invest anywhere else. However, if you’re wanting to level up your business, it’s so important to know that you have to invest, both time and money. Free can only get you so far, and having the mindset of needing to spend as little as possible could be holding you and your business back which in turn can hurt your business.
Free has its limits
It doesn’t really matter what your business model is or what you’re selling, whether it’s a doob tube or a digital product, it’s important to understand that free tools have their limits. Free shouldn’t be your limit and you should know that free has limits as well. Many small business owners will utilize free tools and platforms wherever they can. Free can be excellent as it’s a way to help grow your business but this shouldn’t be it either.
Free tools whether it’s automation software, scheduling tools, or anything else are free because there are limits to them. These free products are meant to be temporary. There are limits to what free can do for you and your business. Businesses give you a taste by providing you with a free tool but they still want you to buy their full product because even they know it’s better. Social media is a great example of this. Sure, you can post on Instagram and TikTok for free but engagement won’t kick off until you actually pay for ads.
You can get your business where you want it
While this article isn’t knocking those who use only free products and tools, it’s important to understand that these do have limitations. This doesn’t even need to be only about tools or products but also hiring services such as freelancers or professionals.
Hiring an employee, service, intern, or even a freelancer can massively help your business while also reducing your stress. You want to make sure that your business can thrive, and that you can work up to getting a good reputation, but in order to do so, you need to be open to paying for help. There is only so much that you know and that you can do. So why not get help from an expert so you can overcome certain obstacles?