yeah i own a small business, with 2 other guys, we have equal partnership.
we started this when i was 17, and one of the other guys was 18. we started out as a NPO.
after we had an established name and the business started to actually move, we changed from NPO to an LLC.
We started our business with NO overhead capitol. saved up money to purchase flyers and things to start advertising, business cards business cards business cards!!!! talk to people, annoy the hell out of everyone (in moderation thats a figure of speech) you meet with your business, give EVERYONE a couple business cards. yes alot of them will goto waste, but what about that one guy you dont give 5 business cards to because you're tired of handing them out and all 5 of his buddies wanted exactly what you provide? advertisement is your biggest hill. once you get the name out there, if you deliver the customers will continue to flow.
i started this at the age of 17, in 2002, with 0$ in the bank.
in february of 2006 with a $600 investment, and for the most part...still $0 in the bank, we moved into our own office. per business cards flyers and word of mouth, july 1 2006, we moved from a 700 sq ft facility, to a 6200 sq foot facility, and now have over 5000 in the bank, in a matter of months. thats 5000 after paying all our overhead for this month. supplies bill, utilities, rent etc, and that amount continues to climb daily. I now work for my small business full time, and i am about to turn 21 years old.
keep in mind that it doesnt take off overnight, and DONT EVER LOSE SIGHT OF THE GOAL. anyone can start a small business, doing ANYTHING if they are good at it and it something that people want/need, and they really apply themselves.