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How to Secure Funding When Starting Your Business

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You might believe you’ve been sitting on the perfect business idea for some years now, patiently waiting for the right time to launch. Or perhaps you’re tired of working for ‘the man’ and want go it alone.

There’s only one thing stopping you: You don’t have any money.

Well, if you’re ready to take on the challenge of owning a business, here are our tips for securing the funding you need.

1.   Understand your current financial situation

When starting your own business, you need to be willing to invest in yourself. And the only way you can invest is to have money. Therefore, the first step to securing funding is understanding what you currently have. What savings can you use? What debts do you have? Are there any assets you can sell? Creating a financial audit of what you have, and what you need to spend will give you a better idea of your current situation.

With that done, you should be able to gauge how much you can actually set aside to invest in your business. The first rule of investing is that you must never invest more than you can afford to lose, so be realistic about what you can manage.

2.   Ask for support from family and friends

Perhaps the most cringe-worthy and humiliating part of starting your own business is asking for help from family and friends. Both in moral support, and financial aid. Being a business owner will certainly show you who you can, and can’t turn to in times of need.

That in no way means you should bleed your family dry. If they’re not in a financial position to help, finding additional, less personal funding is always an option.

3.   Create a plan for funding applications

There is a huge number of funding options available to startup entrepreneurs. While funding is often easier for men to secure, investors and banks are now adding a specific business loan for women option to their catalog.

To score the top amount of funding available to you, you need to create a killer business plan. To do this, you need to research absolutely everything there is to know about your industry, your competition and the current market.

From there, create a presentation that will entice investors into learning more about your business, and why they should support you, rather than someone else.

And, as honesty is the best policy, don’t leave them in the dark when it comes to how much you, yourself, can invest. You need to be upfront about your own financial situation so that they get the full picture.

4.   Get creative

Whether or not you secure a business loan, there are plenty of other ways to get creative to help boost profits and make sales. Doing as much as you can yourself will help cut costs and ensure you’re only spending on the most vital parts of the business. Once you grow, there is more leeway to incorporate more staff and higher quality equipment.

Starting your own business is a steep learning curve. But with the right business plan, you’ll be able to land on your feet and start this new exciting adventure in no time.


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