Financing Your Startup
Very rarely do people begin owning their own businesses by having all the funds with which they need to launch their startups. People are flush with dreams, perhaps even suppliers and marketing ideas, but rarely with the cash flow they need. This is where financing comes into play. Every potential business owner who is floating ideas for startups needs to understand how he or she can turn their dream into a functioning business. A big part of that is financing.
Less Is More?
Visions of financial solvency leading to a lavish lifestyle are common. Everyone hopes for a larger-than-they-really-need income. A better plan is to underestimate the profit you’ll be able to generate while you overestimate how much your expenses will be. Especially initially, your bottom line won’t be helped by factors like recommendations and repeat customers which help established businesses. This is why you should start with a solid base of funding from a reliable source.
Friends and Family
Yes, they’ll probably want a discount at your business. However, don’t overlook them as sources of funding, too. You can borrow money from your friends and family to augment whatever you’ve personally saved to start your business. Frequently, any interest they’ll want you to pay will be low and the repayment terms generous. Depending on your relationship, your friends and family may be willing to turn part of your loan into a gift.
Small Business Loans
The Small Business Administration exists to help people with all aspects of your startups. Advice on how to get started leads you to the paperwork you’ll need to file. From there, the SBA can guide you into their loan process. They choose lenders who are excited to work with startups. You’ll find them invested in you and your success – and not just because they’ve lent you money. Loan terms are usually favorable. The SBA ensures they’re fair, too.
You’d have to be very out of touch with today’s world in order to not have at least a basic understanding of crowdfunding, angel investors and venture capitalists. For those of you launching startups, you are probably very aware of how these three groups could positively influence you.
Crowdfunding generates revenue from asking people to invest in your idea. Whether a gift or investment depends on how you go about asking. Angel investors are usually individuals with a high net worth. They offer you money in exchange for shares in your startup. Venture capitalists are usually a group of people who invest in startups for shares of the company.
You can find the funds to finance your own startup if you explore your options.