How easy is it to start a business up these days on a shoe string budget? For some people they have merely a laptop, bit of webspace, and an internet connection to start. Many moons ago this was me. One thing you learn fast is how to get creative and make what you have stretch. Learning many skills as you go. What experiences do people have from doing this, and what tips and suggestions can you offer other people doing the same thing? Especially for those unemployed trying to make a success. One lesson i learned FAST was network fast. Skills barter. Offering something to someone in return for a little of their skills or service (even a testimonial) in return was one of the things i often did. And it WORKED!