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The business start-up process is one of the most demanding stages of business establishment. Aspiring entrepreneurs must grapple with multiple issues, including sourcing for sufficient capital to finance their businesses. To be on the safe side, however, experts advise taking sufficient due diligence to ensure that you do not take excessive risks when sourcing for startup capital. As an aspiring entrepreneur, you can utilize several sources of financing for your startup.


Personal savings

Entrepreneurs have an opportunity to choose to finance their business ideas from their personal savings. This option is quite favorable in instances where the entrepreneur has sufficient savings to keep the business moving. It is also suitable since it offers little risk compared to other options such as securing loans.



Crowdfunding gives an entrepreneur the option of pooling together funds from other well-wishers and philanthropic contributors. Depending on the crowdfunding arrangements and conditions, the contributors can regard their contributions as investments within the business, which can be later recouped as agreed upon. The crowdfunding strategy is normally suitable in instances where the entrepreneur does not wish to take too much risk for their startups. This method of securing funds is especially suitable for startups with a charitable initiative involved.


Business loans

The market today is awash with numerous business loans as given out by the government and other financial institutions, especially banks. The government does offer the Small Business Administration (SBA) microloan to finance businesses; these microloans provide the entrepreneur loans of up to $50,000 as start-up capital.

Other opportunities to borrow startup capital from financial institutions include the business lines of credit and personal loans for businesses. In other cases, these loans do attract an interest rate of between 8% and 13% and unlimited loan repayment duration. To increase your chances of succeeding in the business loan application process, you have to fulfill all the conditions stated by lenders.


Equity financing

An aspiring entrepreneur with a promising startup idea can seek equity funding from wealthy individuals who are willing to finance the idea in exchange for equity and ownership in the business. This option is considered low-risk and debt-free but requires the entrepreneur to have a business idea with undeniable viability. Equity financing is commonly secured in service-provision entrepreneurship where the acquisition of market is not a problem.


Destry Witt writes independently of his business, RELiANCE Investing, Inc., which is a Registered Investment Advisor only. This information is not intended to be personalized. This content is for informational purposes only. Nothing presented here should be construed by anyone as an invitation or solicitation to buy or sell any investment.