How to get more ADA to start staking?

ADA: 10000000
Total ADA balance: 10000000
Number of UTXOs: 1
root@petercardanoproducer-desktop:~/cardano-my-node# stakePoolDeposit=$(cat $NODE_HOME/params.json | jq -r '.stakePoolDeposit')
echo stakePoolDeposit: $stakePoolDeposit
stakePoolDeposit: 500000000
root@petercardanoproducer-desktop:~/cardano-my-node# cardano-cli transaction build-raw \
    ${tx_in} \
    --tx-out $(cat payment.addr)+$(( ${total_balance} - ${stakePoolDeposit}))  \
    --invalid-hereafter $(( ${currentSlot} + 10000)) \
    --fee 0 \
    --certificate-file pool.cert \
    --certificate-file deleg.cert \
    --out-file tx.tmp
Command failed: transaction build-raw  Error: Transaction validaton error: Negative quantity (-490000000) in transaction output: TxOut (AddressInEra (ShelleyAddressInEra ShelleyBasedEraMary) (ShelleyAddress Mainnet (KeyHashObj (KeyHash "6955cdba159d77e3d0b0947ac7abda72ae204eb47a4806f2fce9c4a2")) (StakeRefBase (KeyHashObj (KeyHash "74067c312c46b408d1a28f8599acac1a9e2a0a85bdc658b434fe8499"))))) (TxOutValue MultiAssetInMaryEra (valueFromList [(AdaAssetId,-490000000)]))

Does this mean that I need to come up with roughly 499 more ADA in order to start a stake pool?

If so, besides spending real money to convert over to ADA, is there a way to get more ADA to fund my stake pool?

You need atleast 505 ADA to register a pool.
This 500 ADA will be pay back if you retire the pool.


Here is a thread about operator cost vs. just delegate.

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