Starting your own business is a very pleasant idea: you come up with an airtight business plan, bankroll your business, become operational, and reap the profits after a period of time.
While the road to a successful enterprise is not an easy one, many aspiring businessmen shoot down their dreams because they do not know how to bankroll their ideas. If you want to know more about where to get funding for your business, here are a few options that are available for you:
From your very own pockets
Some aspiring entrepreneurs tend to create a savings account until they have enough money to bankroll their business. While this may be a long process especially for people with modest income, making investments from your own money comes with several advantages. Primarily, using your personal savings for your business will give you total control over every aspect of your investment.
However, fueling your business with your personal money comes with risks as well. If the business fails, you will suffer tremendous losses because you used your personal savings to propel your venture. Also, all bad decisions that led to the downfall of your business will be traced back to you because of absolute control over all aspects of the business.
Enter a partnership
Entering a partnership with trusted entities is another great way to fulfill your dreams. Through partnerships, you can reduce the capital you need to shell out because all parties have to dispense capital to give birth to the business. Furthermore, partnerships can also be beneficial if both parties have different skillsets that will complement one another’s weaknesses, thus making operations much more efficient.
But while two heads are better than one, partnerships also come with disadvantages. Clashing personalities and management styles are frequent in partnerships. Furthermore, one person cannot simply execute decisions because every aspect of the business should get a green light from all partners.
Avail of bank loans
To those who cannot financially fuel their dream business, their next go-to place is the banks to avail of their small business banking loans. Aspiring entrepreneurs, especially those that require a massive amount to build their business, can rely on banks for capital. All it takes is a little paperwork, which is standard procedure for all financial institutions lending money.
While banks are more than willing to lend you money, keep in mind that they charge interests and other loan fees for the convenience of releasing money for your venture. For significant amount of loans, some banks require borrowers to put up collateral.
Seek the aid of some benefactors
In the old days before the convenience of the World Wide Web extended its reach to many people, budding entrepreneurs had to comb the financial world to find potential investors who are willing to wager their money for a stranger’s business. With the power of search engines and the Internet, for that matter, looking for angels and/or venture capitalists to fund your dreams is much easier.
While there are a number of investors willing to fund your projects without you shelling out a single centavo, keep in mind that the competition for backers is tough. And if you want a large sum to keep your business afloat, you’ll have to show investors that you are worth their time and resources, lest they will give up on your project.
Crowdfund your business
Crowdfunded projects are already big in other countries. However in the Philippines, crowdfunding websites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter have yet to gain traction. With crowdfunding, you can ask for strangers to help you fund your business by making small pledges to your project.
There is little risk with crowdfunded businesses, but the expectations are high from strangers who put their money on you. While funds are the main goal of crowdfunding, it is also a great place to test your ideas to a certain number of people. The only downside of crowdfunding is that it takes time for some ideas to push through.
There is no shortage of areas where a person can get funds for his business. If you are inclined enough to scour for resources, you can fuel your ideas and turn your dreams into a reality in no time.