Wednesday, August 5, 2009
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Small business owners often will have difficulty when it comes to financing their business. If you are a budding entrepreneur or small business owner at some point you will have to cross the bridge of where to source your business funding from.
In South Africa one of the important issues to consider first is whether you have a business plan. The first place everyone thinks of when searching for funding sources is the bank. Of course, your local bank may be willing to supply you with money flow, but it usually denies new business owners looking for a startup loan. This is because you have no business credit. Before you try going to a bank for money make sure you have good personal credit, business credit, and an excellent business plan.
Many people also seek investors when starting their businesses. Many investors won't invest in a new business for the same reasons banks don’t, they are just too risky. However, there are some specific types of companies that are highly sought after by investors. Angel investors are people who invest in small high tech companies that are expected to make a lot of profit in a short amount of time, do some research to find out if you meet these requirements.
Alternative Funding Sources
If you are looking for further sources for funding try getting a business credit card. Not only is this an easy way to get access to extra money, but it is also a way to build up your business credit. Don’t spend more money on your card then you can afford to pay off, and make sure that you make payments on time. Approval for a business credit card can take as little as 48 hours, and it's always handy to efore you open up it's always a good idea to check in with SEDA. SEDA is dedicated to getting small business owners in Suoth Africa on their feet and educates them on the most effective management methods. Certain types of businesses are able to receive grants, and the SBA helps you get the loans that you have been denied for before.
If you still don’t have enough money you can always go to your friends and family for a startup loan. Always get money agreements down in writing so there are no future disagreements. You can also try to find an angel investor or go through a bank or credit union. If you borrow money from a friend you don’t have to worry about getting approved for a loan or putting down a personal guarantee. It's never a good idea to put use a personal guarantee with your business because you could end up losing it. If your business fails you could end up losing your house or car and be worse off than before. If you are having trouble finding business funding sources try looking online for other ideas.
This post was written by: Franklin Manuel
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