Top 10 ways to finance your start-up or small business

Top 10 ways to finance your start-up or small businessTop 10 ways to finance your start-up or small business

You wanted to start a start-up company or small business. You have prepared the business plan. You are confident that you can execute your business plan. But are you struggling to find ways to finance your start-up? There are various ways to finance your start-up or small business.

Top 10 ways to finance your start-up or small business

1) Bootstrapping

Pull out your savings and money from bank accounts. You can use your credit card to fund your own business.  The funds utilized under this method would be your own funding, hence there would not be any additional burden of interest to be paid.

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2) Funding from Family and Friends

This is another good way to get financing for your start-up. Your family or friends would lend money not from business perspective but due to relationship. It would be easy to keep those people separately from business.

3) Funding from Bank Loans

This is little difficult, but it is possible. If you can prove that your business plan is achievable, getting funding through bank loans would be easy. However, most banks would arrange business loans against tangible assets. You can also get business loans against inventory.

4) Government Grants

Government encourages small entrepreneurs by giving grants for specific businesses. You should check whether your business is eligible for such Govt. grant. These grants generally come as subsidy or sometimes it comes with a small interest rate.

5) Business Partners

You can invite people to join your company as business partners. They can be sleeping partners who would just fund and would not participate in your day-to-day business operations. For active partners, while you would get funding, you would also get helping hand who can be part of achieving your goals.

6) Crowd Funding

Generally where people have good network form part of groups and do crowd funding. They pool their small savings and lend to people who are in need or to business men to get returns. This would be good way to get funding for start-up.

7) Incubators: An incubator is a company or organization that share resources, space, cash, consulting in exchange of equity share in the companies as such start-up companies are most vulnerable.

8) Angel Investors

There are individuals who are high net worth who can fund your start-up or small business. Good networking is critical. You should choose angel investors who understand your industry and your passion towards the start-up.

9) Bartering

This method of funding is not that famous. You can exchange goods or services in exchange of cash at a discount price. This method would be good if you have unique product or service where you can upfront give it to people and get some money for funding your business.  

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10) Venture Capital

This should be your last resort to fund your start-up or small business. Generally, Venture Capitalists would not like to fund for Start-ups as they are like just born babies and it would not indicate the future performance. Unless you require high amount of funding and have unique business idea where you can convince venture capitalists, it would be difficult to get funding from venture capital.

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