Running a small business in today’s economy is no easy task. According to Forbes, around 80% of small businesses fail within the first 12-18 months. Without a doubt, running a business requires a great deal of determination, passion and patience. But if you have an idea for your own start-up, don’t be deterred from opening up shop. Some of the biggest companies in the world began right where you are now and they had their tough times too. It’s important to realize that there will be difficult moments along the way but if you can get through them, you and your business will be stronger and better equipped for it. These hurdles can difficult to overcome, particularly if this is your first stab at the business world, but if you can stay positive and determined, your success will be all the sweeter.
Because of the general bad shape the global economy is experiencing currently, finding useful financing for small businesses can be easier said than done. People are afraid to invest in something that has a 50% fail rate. This can be especially true if your business is attempting to compete against a larger, corporate conglomerate. But don’t be discouraged, there are small business loans, business credit cards, and there are also grants for specific groups like women in small business, non-profits and educational grants. Try using social media sites or online crowdfunding applications like Kickstarter to help you build your business. You have to be creative with your fundraising and be prepared to not receive all the funding you initially set out to get, but if you can stay determined and work hard at raising the money, you’ve already won half the battle.
By Keith Tully
In some situations a bit of creativity will be needed to facilitate a turnaround and get your company back to operating in a profitable manner. However, more often than not you won’t need to be an innovator to save your business, you’ll just need to consider some of the commonly overlooked recovery and restructuring options that are applicable and readily available:
1. Using Assets as Leverage to Obtain Financing
Even if you have poor credit you may be able to obtain financial assistance by using some of your assets (i.e. – equipment, inventory, real estate, etc.) as collateral in obtaining approval for a secured loan. However if you were to default on such an agreement then the lender would potentially have the right to seize the assets you used as a security, so keep that in mind before you put your home on the line.
It comes as no surprise that thousands of businesses, large and small, have gone bust during the current downtrend in the economy. Literally millions of workers have been made redundant, leaving them on their own to carry on. Some have tried their hand at contracting whilst others put their expertise to work at launching small business enterprises. Those enterprises that survived understood what it takes to start a small business in a bear market. Against all odds, many of these small businesses are flourishing concerns today because they took the time to get the facts straight before launching their company.
So You Have a Vision – Is That Enough?
Most entrepreneurs use one or many forms of small business financing to start a business.
Here are a few helpful ideas for what you can do to set yourself up for success:
- Decide What Type of Business You’ll Open
If you’re looking to start a business this fall, it’s time to start thinking about funding. And what better place than to look at funding with our partners at Guidant Financial?
At Guidant Financial, we can pre-qualify you free of charge in just minutes—all you have to do is complete a brief online form.
Once we’ve received your form, we’ll tabulate your Rapid Results on the spot and you’ll see what types of funding methods you may be eligible to use, such as SBA loans, 401(k) rollovers, unsecured credit and more. It’s that easy!
Not sure about your credit profile? Watch this brief webinar, Avoiding Common Credit Mistakes, for fast tips about how to keep yours in good shape.
To speak with a Guidant expert, call 888.472.4455 or visit guidantfinancial.com.
David Nilssen is the CEO & Co-Founder of Guidant Financial. Read more tips about becoming a successful entrepreneur in his book, Making the Jump into Small Business Ownership. Follow him on Twitter at @davidnilssen
Once your business is up and running, expanding is the next logical step! A business can never have too many customers, but as the old saying goes, it takes money to make money. Finding the financing for more advertising or creating new products can be tricky and in many cases, an entrepreneur has already tapped into all the usual (and easy!) sources- family, friends, and personal credit cards. Fortunately for the wise entrepreneur, there’s still one major source left: business credit.
1) What is Business Credit? Business credit is very similar to personal credit. It allows a company to get financing under the business entity’s name and is based on an assessment of the business and its finances by established business credit bureaus. Continue reading
Once you have an idea for a business, the next step is trying to raise money to make your dream a reality. One of the biggest challenges facing a prospective business owner today is financing. Where do you find the money? How do you get it? For the business savvy owner, there are many different options for finding the money you need to start your own business.
1) Friends and Family
This is the most obvious place to look for financing options. Many loyal friends and relatives are more than happy to put some money into a start-up business when asked by someone they love and trust. Remember, though, to expand your friends and family circle, and don’t just look to your immediate family members and best friends. Make a list of everyone you know, including acquaintances that you see infrequently, and then follow up with those people too. You never know who shares your interests and might want to put some money into a business they believe in. Continue reading
So you’ve got a great idea for a business that you really think will be a huge success. You’ve done your research and made a business plan, but now what?
One of the biggest challenges facing a prospective business owner today is financing. Where do you find the money? How do you get it? For the business savvy owner, there are many different options for finding the money to start your own business.
1) Friends and Family
This is the most obvious place to look for financing options. Many loyal friends and relatives are more than happy to put some money into a start-up business when asked by someone they love and trust. Remember though to expand your friends and family circle. Don’t just look to your immediate family members and best friends. Make a list of everyone you know, including acquaintances that you see infrequently, and then follow up with those people too. You never know who shares your interests and might want to put some money into a business they believe in.