Your business can start with as little as $1000, so you don’t have to be rich to start your own business! Here are seven tips to help you get started and build your own online business on a budget.

1) Talk to local businesses

Talk to businesses around your area that are in areas you want to enterprise in. Offer them your services for a fee, or work for free and ask if they’ll give you feedback on how you can improve what you’re doing. This can be as simple as asking them if they’d ever consider hiring you (hint: they won’t tell you no!), or offering it as an option if they aren’t able to do something right now.

2) Do some market research

It’s hard enough starting your own business without having to worry about how you’re going to make money. But even if you do have capital, jumping in blindly is always unwise. If you want your business to succeed, you should do some market research. Look at what’s out there that’s similar and what people are saying about it. See if there are problems or opportunities with those businesses and see how yours could be different or better—that way you can capitalize on what has worked for others and avoid mistakes they may have made. The market research process can take anywhere from a few days to several months depending on what type of business it is. (For example, developing a website might take longer than writing an app.) Do as much research as you need so you’ll feel comfortable moving forward; don’t skimp just because time is tight. This market research will also help you determine whether consumers actually care about your idea and if there’s an audience for it online. Some ideas might sound great on paper but won’t really resonate with customers . . . putting in the extra work up front will help ensure you find success later down the road.

3) Brainstorm all business ideas

Start by brainstorming every possible idea. Then, pick one that you like. Narrow it down until you have 1-2 ideas that sound good enough to start with. Test them out, and see which one is a good fit for your personality and goals. Launch that business, and then move onto another idea if it’s not working for you.

4) Narrow down your choices

If you want to start an online business but don’t have much money available, you might feel like you have no choice but to stay at your 9-to-5 job until something opens up. Well, guess what: Starting your own business doesn’t have to be expensive. As long as you keep your overhead low and choose a business idea that doesn’t require lots of upfront capital, there are tons of ways for you to get started today—regardless of how much cash is in your bank account.

5) Research what you have chosen

The best part about having your own business is that you can work at home, but there are some guidelines that are important to follow in order to stay safe and secure. Be sure to research what licenses you need, how to set up a merchant account and even make sure you’re able to have employees if you plan on growing. Also important is getting insurance for your business. Make sure that your coverage will protect you from lawsuits (slip and fall accidents, for example), liability claims and even damage caused by floods or earthquakes. It’s also important not only to purchase liability insurance but health insurance as well; don’t want anything happening in your life because of something that happens in your business.

6) Choose one idea, get started!

Starting an online business may seem intimidating, but even without capital or experience, you can take steps today that will put you one step closer to your goal. From creating a business plan and registering your domain name (which is essential), start-up costs are minimal when compared with starting an offline brick-and-mortar company. In fact, it’s possible for entrepreneurs to launch profitable online businesses for less than $1,000 in startup costs. While choosing an idea that’s right for you is important—there are plenty of online businesses out there—one thing remains certain: If you can dream it, chances are someone else already has.

7) Stop wasting time and get things done!

If you want to start an online business, but you’re worried about how much it will cost, don’t be. Starting a new business doesn’t have to mean huge investments—at least not upfront. With modern technology and social media at your disposal, you can launch an online venture without breaking your budget. Here are seven tips for getting started in one hour or less.