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Financing Options for Start-Up Entrepreneurs

Financing Options for Start-Up Entrepreneurs

Now more than ever, it’s become exceptionally easy to fuel a start-up business. In fact, it’s become so easy that there are now approximately 365 to 445 million small and medium-sized businesses in the world with a workforce of 20 people or less.

If you’re thinking of starting your very own small enterprise, then you might need just a small amount of cash to start it off. Fortunately, there are lots of lenders that can grant you just enough money to kick start your venture. Wondering which one is right for your business? Here are some smart financing options for start-up entrepreneurs to consider.

Fast Cash Loans

The quick loan is a fast source of cash that’s easy to qualify for and easy to acquire. The lenders usually don’t care too much about your credit score, so virtually anyone gets approval for this type of loan. With relatively smaller loan amounts and shorter loan terms, the cash loan can be a great way to get the funds you need without falling into such a large, long-term debt.

These types of loans can be great for start-ups that don’t really need a lot of funding. House cleaning, lawn mowing, and tailoring services are all examples of ventures that can get the funds they need from the humble cash loan.

Traditional Loans

If your start-up needs a little more than the cash loan can offer, then you might want to turn your attention to a traditional loan. These loans are taken out through banks and other financial institutions. They can offer larger amounts that span a longer period of time, and they might be a little more interested in your background and credit rating before they give you the thumbs up.

Traditional loans are best for those who expect to generate enough revenue each month to afford the repayments with a little extra to spare. Restaurants, bakeries, retail shops, and slightly bigger start-ups are the best candidates for these types of loans.

Angel Investors

Let’s say you don’t want to take on the responsibility of a monthly repayment. That’s absolutely understandable. There are ways that you can get funding without having to take on a “debt” in its strict definition. Angel investors are private individuals who look for viable businesses that show promise and potential. If they find your business plan to be favorable, then they’ll invest without asking for repayment.

So what’s in it for them? Angel investors put out money in the hope that one day, your business will boom. And when that happens, they’ll be entitled to shares, which will ultimately pay them back for the initial amount they used to help get you started.

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by Rebecca Jones // Contributor to Businessing Magazine.

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