One of the most frustrating aspects of starting your own business can be raising finance. You have rely on other people and organisations such as business angels, banks or governmental institutions to fund your business.
This can take time and ultimately lead to your business never starting up.
It doesn’t have to be like this, there are options out there where you can start your own business on your own terms.
Below are some suggestions for you to raise the finance you need to start your own business.
Using Your Own Savings And Credit Facilities.
Even if you want external finance from a business angel or bank its pretty simple, if you believe in your business, you will invest in it. Investors will be reluctant to invest in a company where the owner has not invested some money. Do not risk your overall financial well-being on your business, but you should be prepared to invest. Keep a track of just much of your personal money you have put into your own business.
Convince Your Friends & Family To Help Fund Your Business.
It’s a lot easier to get capital to start up your business from members of your family or friends than a bank or through private equity. The main drawback is the added pressure that comes from obtaining the money from them.
When receiving money from family and friends its always a good idea to get it written down so everyone is clear. It should be clear whether the sum of money is a loan or equity investment, this avoids confusion in the future.
Bootstrapping is a way of self-financing your business venture, most of it down to use your own resources. Because you have cash restraints you find ways to save money and innovate. Bootstrappers find bargains, utilise free and freemium services, crowd-source work, use open source software and do whatever it takes to make their business work within their budget.
Bootstrapping isn’t all about saving money. You can help elevate your business by finding resources or premises that can provide your business with added prestige and help build your reputation.
Two more traditional ways of bootstrapping are:
Invoice finance is a great way of funding your business through your sales. Cash flow for small businesses is tight. Invoice finance allows you to receive 80%-90% of your sales within a couple of days instead of 30 or more days.
Don’t get hung up on owning everything in your business. If the asset you are purchasing goes down in value over time then you should lease the asset. Leasing (renting) instead of buying assets and equipment relieves pressure on your business’s cash flow.
Overall most businesses are funded by the entrepreneur and their friends and family. This is usually your best option. The obvious drawbacks are you could be risking the financial well-being of yourself, friends and family.
The advantages are you keep the majority of your business. You have the freedom to run your business how you want to and probably most importantly you don’t have to wait and apply and pitch your business idea to anyone.