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How to Find Investors for Your Small Business Dream

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Starting a small business can be more than just a dream. If it is something you have considered, you probably know that coming up with the financial backing to launch a successful endeavor can be a challenge. One way to get the funds you need is through investors. Finding people willing to invest in your dream may seem like an uphill climb.

You know what you want to create, and you clearly wouldn’t spend time and money on it if you didn’t think it would be a success. It can be hard to share that vision with others. Instead, look for other ways to attract their attention.

Have Your Personal Finances in Order

You can’t expect others to have confidence in your business sense if your finances are a mess. Don’t assume that these matters are private. Launching a new business creates many unexpected and incidental expenses. Having a clean line of credit and a manageable amount of debt allows you to move forward with your plans.

Without the finances to keep moving forward, you will have trouble attracting interest. If you have existing credit card debt, consider taking out a personal loan to pay off those balances. With personal loans, they typically have a lower interest rate than most credit cards, and you will know exactly when the debt is paid off. Paying off your credit cards will boost your credit score, and make those cards available for emergency expenses.

Taking out a private loan has never been simpler. The online process is straightforward, and you can get matched with the best option for your situation in less than 60 seconds.

Consider Taking on a Partner

You may have always assumed that you would be the sole proprietor of your business, but that may not be the smartest financial move. Taking on a partner, who has money to invest in the project, can be beneficial. The best-case scenario is finding someone interested in the project who has the skills you lack. Before agreeing to a partnership, both parties must be on the same page. Legal documentation to detail exactly how the business is split and what the expectations are from each partner helps prevent problems down the road.

It is normal to feel ambivalent at the idea of taking on a partner, but it is often the best way to get funding for your business. The other person feels more comfortable when they have access to what is happening day to day. Of course, there are all types of investors, from those who want to be alongside you every step of the way to those who prefer to remain in the background. Communication is the key to making sure these partnerships work.

Build Relationships

Sometimes the straightforward approach is not the most effective. Rather than burning up the phone lines trying to convince strangers your business is worth investing in, a more subtle approach may be beneficial. Get in touch with investors who know your industry and ask if you could ask them some questions.

Asking for advice, rather than money, gives them time to hear about your business and see how prepared and invested you are. One thing many investors agree on is that enthusiasm for an idea can make up for many shortcomings.

Published: December 7, 2020

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Justin Weinger is a 15-year corporate finance veteran, with a shared passion for blogging and content creation. He has spent 15 years in various industries, including automotive manufacturing, automotive financing, banking, consulting, and healthcare. When he isn't working, or blogging, he is a married man of 8 years, and a proud father of 3 girls.

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