How to Finance Your Start Up

by Krantcents · 12 comments

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Starting a new company is an expensive proposition. A new business owner has to pay for land, supplies and employees. Financing all of these purchases is not easy considering there is little revenue coming in. How can a business get the financing needed to fund operations?

Ask For Venture Capital

Many businesses seek out venture capital to get their idea off the ground. However, this is a very long and complex process. You need to have a detailed business plan to present to a venture capital company. The business should have a solid management team in place as well. Most venture capital firms will expect your company to go public at some point as well. Only seek out venture capital if you are looking for more than $100,000 at the very least.

Apply for Low Interest Credit Card For Your Business

New businesses may be able to get a low interest credit card to finance their operations. Don’t be surprised if you have to secure the card with collateral. Using collateral is always a good idea if you want to get the best credit card. Securing the loan will help a new business get the best possible interest rate.

Using a credit card for business expenses is useful when you need to keep an organized record of all purchases. Credit cards are also a great way for making purchases now while paying them off over a longer period of time. You can run your business for a few months before having to make any payments on your company debt.

Social Lending Sites Could Be The Answer

Asking individuals to loan you money could provide funding for your new company. The interest rate on these types of loans is usually less than what a bank would charge. Expect to pay anywhere between 6-10 percent interest if you have good credit. If you have bad credit, you will pay up to 30 percent interest. However, you at least have a chance to obtain the funding you need. An opportunity is all you can ask for.

Obtaining financing for your new company needs to be a priority. Your business is not going to survive for long if cannot pay its bills. It is a good idea to devote plenty of time to your business plan. Knowing how you will make your idea profitable will make it easier to get that initial financing.

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Kurt @ Money Counselor May 15, 2012 at 6:21 am

The U.S. Small Business Administration can be worth investigating for tips on obtaining financing. Depending on the type of business and ownership, targeted aid may be available. And then, though this is fraught with danger, there’s old reliable: Borrow from family members.

Krantcents May 15, 2012 at 6:30 am

There are a number of choices, these are just a few of them.

JW @ AllThingsFinance May 15, 2012 at 9:24 am

This is a very relevant post in today’s environment. It seems like more and more people are starting small businesses. Personally, I went the credit card route when I started my LLC. I was shocked to receive a $10k limit with zero interest for 18 months.

Another good option for funding is Kickstarter. I’ve only backed products on the site, but there are business opportunities as well.

Krantcents May 15, 2012 at 11:39 am

Of course everything depends on how much capital you require, but these are good resouces to start.

"Tom" May 22, 2012 at 2:24 am

Very useful tips to say the least. I myself have started a small business on perfumes for which 4 months back i applied for cheapest interest rate credit card and fortunately by now its in my possession.

Krantcents May 22, 2012 at 6:33 am

Financing a small business requires creative solutions. Credit cards is just one of a few solutions.

Financial Advice for Young Professionals May 22, 2012 at 7:20 pm

If you must start a business, I would look to a family member for a no interest loan ;)

But even if you have no money, the internet has made starting a business so simple. Start with a blog or a niche website, write an e-book. You don’t need much capital for any of these ideas.

Krantcents May 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm

A good idea can always get money or financing. Depending how much yu need, you can finance it yourself by using any of the suggestions.

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