How to raise capital to start a business

Starting any business requires adequate preparation, such as choosing your products or services, locating your target customers, and having enough funding. However, not everyone is lucky to have enough capital to start their dream business. In fact, 94 percent of new companies fail due to a lack of funding.

Fortunately, many institutions can help you make your dream a reality, like banks, families and friends, angel investors, private business lenders, and many more. If you’re not sure what to do, here are a few options to check out.

Ask Friends and Family

Your family and friends are the first people you approach when you have money problems. They are also the best people to support your ideas and help make them a reality. If they find your ideas and business enthusiasm good, they may offer to help without you asking. They can help add their valuable ideas to what you have. Just make sure whatever you agree is put into writing, including when you’ll pay them back.

Apply for Bank Loans

Another great option to consider is your bank. While bank loans aren’t always guaranteed for most small businesses, they can be a lifesaver when you need some money to top up what you have. Banks need airtight business plans and excellent credit scores to consider loans. If they’re familiar with your banking history, your application will likely go through, but if you’re new to the bank, they may have a difficult time establishing whether you’re committed to your businesses or not. A good rule of thumb is to find a bank that is historically known for lending small businesses.

Find an Angel investor

Angel investors are the best people to approach when you want to expand your rapidly growing business. Instead of waiting to save money to start another branch elsewhere, an angel investor can help provide the cash flow you need to get the company running. If you’re just starting, you may need to take your time to gather your ideas to convince them that you really deserve the funding.