Every business regardless of its size needs to get funding to start up or to expand. It is not always easy and you need to have solid plan of how you will acquire funds plus how much you will realistically require. There are many sources available for you to get access to funds. The first place you should look for is your own personal savings. This will save you from owing other parties money, the more money you can come up with the better.
If it is inadequate, you can approach friends and family to invest in your business. The advantage of this arrangement is that you do not have to have to pay interest and if you do it is at a low rate. If you come up with this agreement, it is important to have it in writing. Many friendships have been ruined because of money. Many people also approach banks when they need to finance their small business. Before you apply for finance, it is important to do your research regarding the options that are available, so that you can get the best market rate.
Keep all your records like bank statements, tax records ready for the bank officials’ perusal.
You will also need a business plan to give the lenders an idea of how you intend to manage the business and if you will be in a position to repay the loan. You can choose to either go for the secured or unsecured option. The secured option will expect you to have collateral that will be used as security should you default on your payments.
The unsecured option does not require any collateral but you will be required to pay higher interest rates. The lenders will also have to assess your credit history to decide if you are worth the risk.