Even if you have a viable and great idea, getting outside funding is about as likely as being struck by lightning. So how do businesses succeed in the absence of funding? I did it by never giving up. I earned money through outside consulting, partnering with key business leaders, joined an accelerator and finally after three years, finished development and sold my first major account. I wanted to start this discussion to create a "bullet list" of what other startups have done to build their business without outside funding. This list can be re-visited by others in startup mode to formulate a thought process that isn't dependent on outside funding for success. Looking forward to your suggestions.