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Your Startup on a Shoestring

How much money do you really need to start your business? Probably not what you expect, and certainly less than before the Internet

You think you have it tough scraping together enough funding for your startup? Well, let me tell you about the old days, when funding a startup cost real money.

O.K., we didn't have to wear second-hand clothes and skip meals. But when I became involved in helping a team of entrepreneurs launch a health-newsletter business in the mid 1980s, the expected expenses were daunting, especially for a enterprise that likely wouldn't be especially attractive to venture capitalists (BusinessWeek.com, 2/4/08).