There are many methods of raising capital for your business. You can use conventional methods, of which you are probably aware, and there are more creative methods to get the money you need.
I will outline some conventional and creative ways to raise capital.
Since this is only an outline, you can use your creativity to expand on these ideas.
If you have a good relationship with your banker, it is easier to get a loan. A banker who knows and trusts you can make the loan process a lot smoother than a banker who does not know you.
If your business plan looks good, your banker can cut through a lot of red tape. If you don't have a relationship with your banker, then you should work on developing a sincere relationship. You might need him in the future.
Have Your Business Plan Ready:
You should have a business plan ready when going to apply for a loan. Your business plan can be to the cent, outlining everything from A to Z, or it can be simple, outlining your plan, method and period of payback.
You'll also need to take financial statements and any collateral you have.
A smaller loan allows your banker to approve it from his branch. A large loan, as opposed to a small one, will require a detailed business plan, plus your banker will probably have to send it to his head office for approval. You can consult with your banker and accountant to determine the best way to approach the loan process.
Credit cards are a method sometimes overlooked for short-term loans. The interest is usually higher, and for this reason they should be used only for a short period of time.
If your credit card has not reached its limit, you may want to ask for a credit increase. If your card is close to the limit, pay off most of it, then apply for a credit increase.
Assets that are not being used, not appreciating, or being saved for a rainy day can be converted into cash, which can be used more wisely. You just have to weigh the pros and cons. You can also use assets as collateral for a loan.
You can raise money by adding partners to your venture. Acquiring partners does not mean giving away the company. You can offer a partnership in only one part of the company, or a partnership in only one project. You could also look for a silent partner, who supplies the funding and makes money from the profits, but has no authority.
Another idea is that you could offer a partnership for a limited time.
You can raise funds by creating a sale to liquidate current and old stock. Keep in mind: you may have to restock some of your items. You could take a larger price cut for items that you don't want to restock.
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