Podcast Episode 8: Starting a Business With No Money

By Laura @ IWMLB Project | What business shall I start?

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Mar 14

Hey and welcome to the eighth episode of the ‘I Want My Life Back Project’ podcast!


In this episode, I chat with Alan and Katie from the Pop Up Business School.

The Pop Up Business School has a very unique mission, to help people start businesses without taking out loans or getting themselves into debt.

I met Alan and Katie back in August 2017. I had quit my job in May and had thrown myself head first into a short-term consultancy project which I hated.

I really wanted to start a business but was just completely overwhelmed and didn’t know where to start!

I attended their Hounslow workshop in February 2018 and it really was a breath of fresh air.

No finance loans being shoved in my face, no upsells, no promises of making millions with a ‘secret strategy’.

Just down-to-earth, no bullshit advice to get your business up and running with the least risk possible.

Listen to the episode and if you can get to one of their (completely free) workshops then do it! It will be what finally gets you to start your business 🙂

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Here are some of the highlights of the episode:

  • Why being fired was the key to Alan starting the Pop-Up Business School
  • How Alan wrote a letter of complaint to the government business advice service and ended up with a business partner!
  • Why you need to make money before you spend it on your business (and how to do it)
  • Why you have to take the first step to find out whether you want to start a business at all
  • Why entrepreneurship doesn’t have to be risky
  • The importance of doing ‘mini-experiments’ to test your business idea
  • Why you MUST know who your customer is before you think about selling

You can listen to the episode below.

Just a heads up – I had some issues with a crackling noise in this episode which I couldn’t fix (I tried for 3 hours). Don’t let it put you off as it is an incredibly interesting episode and probably very different to the business advice you have heard before!

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Links to website and groups mentioned in the episode:

Pop Up Business School


Weebly (affiliate link)

Time Trap Escape Rooms


Thanks, Alan and Katie!

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Podcast recorded on Zencastr, edited with GarageBand for Mac, finished off post-production with Auphonic and hosted by Podbean.

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About the Author

Hi, I am Laura. I set up the 'I Want My Life Back Project' after burning out in a corporate job. I quit in May 2017 and set about getting my life back. I now freelance 2 days a week, run this blog, manage my rental properties and am SO MUCH HAPPIER! All the content on this blog is to help you to get your life back too :-)