The Best Funding Options for Your Start-Up

Turning your dreams into reality is never easy. It’s true that you can make the whole process look easy, but the reality is that you have to make many tough decisions before you can get your business off the ground. The largest of these decisions is funding. There are a number of way that you can fund your business, but it’s likely that only one of them is right for you. Here are four of your best options.

Approach Your Bank

This is perhaps the most traditional and one of the most popular forms of funding for a start-up business.

Banks are the largest lenders on the high street, and loans for start-ups are often competitively priced; especially if they’re paired with some of your own savings. Much like with getting a mortgage, making your own contribution shows the bank you’re serious and that your own capital is at stake, too.

You’re better off starting with the bank that you currently bank with and then comparing rates across the high street. Your current bank may not necessarily be your best option, so be willing to shop around.

Use Your Savings

Getting a loan from the bank is incredibly useful, but it can be expensive, too. Depending on how much money you need, this could mean that it’s best to save your own money up.

This is easily the cheapest way of financing your business, but it’s also the most time consuming. In addition, it will take the longest and probably have the largest impact on you and your family.

If you use the entirety of your own savings to fund your business, then you’re risking an incredibly large amount of your own capital, so think before you invest. It could be wiser to mix some of your own savings with another form of funding.

Look at Asset Finance

One way of doing this would be to mix some of your own investment with some institutional financing. Arguably the best of these is asset financing. You can use asset financing to buy big pieces of machinery that your business needs and pay the money back in small monthly payments.

This saves you the large, upfront payment costs that are usually associated with this kind of machinery, and means that your initial outlay is much smaller than it would otherwise be. The choice is yours, too. You can ensure that you own the equipment at the end of the loan, or you can give it back.

So, if you have large amount of machinery or equipment costs, it could be well worth looking into asset financing.

Consider Investments

Finally, consider making investments to boost your personal savings so that you can reach your goal quicker and become less reliant on partners or lenders.

You can invest in anything you like. The most popular investments include:

  • Forex
  • Stocks
  • Shares
  • Bonds

This is because these can provide large returns on investment quickly, sometimes even in a matter of minutes.

Of these, forex trading is potentially your best option. This is because you can do it at home with very little capital. All you need is a trading platform and you’re ready to get started. However, before you begin, it’s wise to educate yourself on the markets. You can lose money through forex too, so ensure that you know the rules of the game as well as the factors that make markets move. If not, you could lose money that you’d earmarked for getting your business off the ground.

To conclude, there are a number of different ways that you can fund your business. Hopefully, of the four options above, you’ll find one that’s perfect for you. As mentioned above, mixing investments can be the best way of lowering your risk capital, so potentially look to combine some of these options to find the best way of funding your business. Good luck.

About Mohit Tater

Mohit is the co-founder and editor of Entrepreneurship Life, a place where entrepreneurs, start-ups, and business owners can find wide ranging information, advice, resources, and tools for starting, running, and growing their businesses.

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