Starting a business is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. It takes time, energy, and a whole lot of money. More money than you have in your bank account. That means you’ve got to get funded, right? Wrong. There are some great reasons to skip funders and do it alone. For one self-funding forces you to develop your core entrepreneurial skills, and you will need to demonstrate many. And you get to retain control of your business which you may lose when taking out loans or partnering with a “money guy”.