Looking to Fund a Startup? Consider These 4 Suggestions
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Looking to Fund a Startup? Consider These 4 Suggestions

By SiliconIndia   |   Monday, 27 November 2017, 12:20 Hrs
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Do you have a great idea for a unique product or service? Creating a company around this idea can be a lot harder than you think. One of the biggest concerns that you should have when trying to get your startup off the ground is finding the way to fund it. Ideally, you will want to operate on a shoestring budget when first starting a business. As you start to grow, you will need to invest more and more capital into the business to stay on an upward trajectory. Raising money for an unproven startup can prove to be a bit difficult without a bit of strategy and marketing savvy. Consider the following suggestions when attempting to fund your startup.

1. It May Be Time For a Fire Sale

If you are truly dedicated to your business and know it will succeed with the right amount of funding, then you may need to sell off some of your most valuable possessions. Do you have any valuable jewelry, electronics or clothing that you can part with? If so, using websites like eBay is a great way to find buyers for them in a hurry. While it may hurt a bit to sell some of your things, it will be well worth it considering the money it can help you raise. You can always buy these things again when your business is successful. Trying to hold onto things due to an emotional attachment can lead to you missing out on a lot of money. You need to decide just how committed you are to bringing your vision to life before you start making a list of things to sell.

2. Getting a Loan From Friends or Family Members

Another way you can raise money for a new startup is by getting a loan from friends or family members. While it is never easy to ask for money, sometimes you have to swallow your pride in order to get to where you want to be. Before approaching friends and family, you need to work up a business plan to show them that you are serious. Trying to convince these people to let you borrow money without a concrete plan of how you are going to pay them back can be a bit harder than you think. Showing your friends and family members what your plans are is important and will help to give them peace of mind should they lend you money. Keeping these transactions professional is essential and something you should be passionate about.

3. Explore Crowd Funding Options

One of the newest and most popular ways for a startup to get the funding they need is with the power of the internet. There are several crowd funding websites out there that will allow you to put your idea in front of thousands of people and see if they will donate to your cause. Many of these sites allow you to offer incentives to people who are investing in your startup. The more money a person pledges to give, the bigger the incentive you offer should be.

4. Seek Out a Small Business Loan

If you have good credit, it may be possible for you to get a small business loan from a traditional lending company. The only way to find out what you are eligible for is by applying for these loans with a few different lenders in your area. Before signing off on a particular loan, you need to take some time to explore the options. Looking at things like the interest rate and the repayment terms being offered is a great way to figure out which loan is the right fit for your particular needs.

The hard work that you put into finding the right funding source for your startup will pay off when you are able to pursue your dream. 

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