As entrepreneurial success stories go, this might be one of the most inspiring we’ve come across so far. Millionaire Khalil Rafiti, 46 years old, owns and runs a network of juice bars. Unknown to some, however, he was once a homeless man.
In his book entitled I Forgot To Die, Khalil shared how he, 13 years ago, had serious struggles with drug addiction. At the time, he weighed merely 48 kg and was living in poverty.
Fortunately, he took a friend’s advice to heart and changed his life for the better.
“A suggestion by a friend to start a business in the natural juice industry helped lift Khalil out of depression and start to believe in himself again,” a BrightSide report tells us. “He began to make juices for the patients and staff at the Riviera Recovery Center. It was thanks to this institution that he was able to restore his own health.”
In about 5 years time, the center managed to establish a good reputation in Hollywood. This, in turn, inspired Khalil to start his own chain and named it SunLife Organics juice bars.
Khalil’s healthy beverage contains alkaline water, Himalayan pink salt, and dandelion greens. It proved to be a hit among his customers.
Other products on their menu include fruit cocktails, coffee, and frozen yogurt. So far, SunLife Organics’ most popular product is the “Wolverine” – a smoothie made with bananas and dates.
Singer/songwriter Anthony Kiedes (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and actor David Duchovny (X-Files) are among the juice bar’s loyal customers who love “The Elixir of Life” and “The Happy” cocktails.
Nowadays, Khalil serves as an inspiration not only to aspiring entrepreneurs but even among his employees, most of whom are people who need help in life – just as he once was.
How Can I Start My Own Business Without Any Money?
Is it possible to start your own business if you don’t have any money? It may sound unbelievable but the answer here is a “yes”.
In an Entrepreneur.com article, Jayson Demers, founder and CEO of AudienceBloom, explained:
“On the surface, this seems like a major problem, but a lack of personal capital shouldn’t stop you from pursuing your dreams. In fact, it’s entirely possible to start and grow a business with almost no personal financial investment whatsoever — if you know what you’re doing.”
Demers further suggested:
“Your first option is to change your business model to demand fewer needs… For example, if you were planning on starting a company of personal trainers, you could reduce your “employee” expenses by being the sole employee at the start. Unless you need office space, you can work from home. You can even do your homework to find cheaper sources of supplies, or cut out entire product lines that are too expensive to produce at the outset.”