i can say from my personal experience,u r correct.100%.
i strted my work,as an inexperienced novice ,with not much experience in the given field....i did have easy funds,but needed to build up enough confidence in the self,to make sure that the trust and faith,my peers intended to place in,should never be lost or let down,come what may.
i deliberately started on a manageable level....and took everything one step at a time.....it made me learn at every step too,and the journey proved to be the real teacher and guide,in the truest sense of the world.
believe it or not,in six month's time,my enterprise had grown double from its original self....my strategies were based on my gut feeling,and it paved the way for a definite road ahead.
today,my enterprise has a stable customer base,and it is growing,gradually ,definitely,with firm conviction and belief in the product authenticity!!
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Yes, you have to start small in order to become big. You cannot start big. See the example of the Ambanis. The father and patron Dhirubhai Ambani is said to have started his entrepreneurial career by selling pakoras to pilgrims in Mount Girnar over the weekends. And in 1962, he started the Reliance Commercial Corporation with a capital of Rs.15,000. And now look at the Reliance empire! Now, what better example do you need!