Finding the right person to loan you money to start a business can be more difficult than actually starting the business.
Things You'll Need
- Attorney Referral Services
- Personal Organizers
- Business Services
- Wall Street Journal
- Business Week
- Business Plan
Create a business plan so that you and potential funders will have an idea of exactly how much money you need.
Tap all of your financial resources first. People will be more willing to loan you money if they know you are willing to invest your own money in your venture.
Ask business associates for advice and a loan, if possible. These people are more likely to understand the need for capital and the risks associated with it.
Call on the Small Business Administration. They often have classes or mentor programs that will help you locate investors, grants and loans.
Consider friends and family for a loan. They are often willing to help you out financially, but understand that the costs may be too high. They may feel they have a right to your personal business and criticize you on how you are running the business (i.e., spending their money).
Look in business sections of financial newspapers and magazines for investors.
Investigate venture capital Web sites and books. These directories are full of possible funding sources.
Tips & Warnings
- The more comprehensive and professional your business plan is, the better your chances of getting money from investors.
- Even though it seems like everyone is getting venture capital funding these days, they're not. Be prepared for a few rejections before someone comes through. And be prepared to alter your business plan, if necessary.
- Get everything in writing, even with family and friends. Have the document reviewed by an attorney, if possible.