Funding your start-up

Starting a new business is one of the most exciting things that you will ever do. It’s your chance to go your own way and make something for yourself while bringing something new to the market and learning from the mistakes of others. But, it’s hard work.

Starting a business, in any industry takes a lot of time and hard work. But, it’s not this that puts people off. If you are committed to starting up on your own, you probably feel passionate about your idea, and so willing to give it the time and effort it needs to make it work. It’s the money that stands in the way for many.

Some businesses, you can start with nothing, but not many. Even if you wanted to start your own cleaning firm, you’ll need supplies and some money for advertising to let people know about your business. While some people are lucky enough to have savings or help from their family, most of us have to look at other options to fund our start-ups. Here’s a look at some of the best.

Save

If you’ve got a good job now, you could always save up and use your own money to fund your business. If this is what you want to do, you should also check for anything else you may be entitled to from any legal claims, contact GJEL for help with this. You can also find ways to make extra cash online. This may not be the best option if it’s going to take you a while to save. You never know how the market can change, and you may find that in the time it takes you to save new competitors have launched.

Get a loan

If you’ve got a good credit history, you may be able to take out a loan to finance your start-up. Before approaching a bank, make sure you’ve got an in-depth business plan and a financial forecast and that you’ve done through research and are aware of any problems that you could face.

Look for investors

If you don’t want to or can’t get money from the bank, it can be a good idea to look for investors. If your business is new, and there’s no model for scalability, you may struggle to get a large investment. So, instead, look for partners. Pitch to people that could bring something to your business and see if they want to be involved.

Crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing is almost like asking for lots of tiny investments. If your business is going to appeal to the public, by offering them a service or product that they want, then you could raise the money you need from a crowdsourcing site easily. You can always set up an appeal and see how it goes while exploring other options.

Apply for a grant

New businesses are great for the economy. So, governments are often keen to help if they can. A grant is unlikely to be large, but it might be enough to get you started with premises and supplies.