Three Popular Start-Up Financing Options | U.S. Small Business Administration
By kmurray, Contributor and Moderator
Published: May 21, 2014
Thinking about starting a business? Recent studies and reports have shown that entrepreneurs are more optimistic than in recent years when it comes to the state of their businesses this year, and that’s great news! But always high on the list of concerns for starting a business – even in optimistic times – is financing. Here’s a roundup of some ways, aside from avenues such as SBA-backed loans, to finance your business.
According to expert Marco Carbajo, credit cards are a major source of financing for small business owners, with statistics even showing that more than 65% of small businesses using them on a frequent basis. It’s a popular approach, but you should be sure to do your research to determine if it’s the right one for you. Here are some tips from Entrepreneur.com (link is external) to help:
Asking friends and family to borrow funds to help finance your business sounds like it could get awkward, but it doesn’t have to. Treat the process just as professionally as you would an engagement with a bank. If you done right, you can potentially gain quicker access to the cash you need and jump through fewer hoops – after all, your friends or family already know you. Read more about borrowing from friends and family in our article here, but think about these highlights as you consider this option:
Increasingly, crowdfunding is becoming a popular way for people to get startup financing for their businesses. You’ve probably heard of Kickstarter campaigns – that’s crowdfunding. It works through a collective cooperation of people who network and pool their money and resources together, usually online, to support efforts initiated by others. So it gathers multiple, smaller investments as opposed to a single source of funding. You can read more about the details here, but here are three other key considerations from Entrepreneur.com (link is external):
Beyond a “traditional” track of securing a loan from a bank, there are quite a few avenues to consider for financing your business. And with passion, professionalism and planning, you’ll establish a good foundation for success down any of these paths.
“We’re now out of beta and accepting applications,” said Andrew Graham, chief executive of Borrowell, a 100%-online firm that aims to provide fixed term loans to Canadian retail borrowers on better terms than available through credit card companies or banks. “We believe Canadians deserve better borrowing options,” adds Graham, noting that developments in Canada lag behind what’s happening in other markets, particularly the U.S. and the U.K.
But the domestic market is huge. Based on estimates provided by Equifax, Borrowell says Canadians currently own more than $80 billion in credit card debt with a typical interest rate of 19.9 per cent or higher.
Borrowell will fund those fixed rate loans – indeed match them – through fixed rate term deposits with its team of backers that also include some prominent individuals.
Certainly the banks are aware of the potential competition that marketplace lenders offer. For instance:
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