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5 Ways to Finance Your Startup

You can move mountains with an amazing idea for a business startup, but you need the funding first. These are some of the steps you need to take the get the financing you deserve:

Calculate the Funds Needed

According to Lantern Credit, calculating the funds you need from the loan is one of the first steps to getting a business loan. You need to take some time to write down everything you’ll need to get your business going. Think about your building costs, equipment, payroll, rent, supplies, utilities, advertising and any other costs that you’ll need to absorb to get your business up and running to earn profits. Add a few extra thousands of dollars just in case something comes up that you don’t expect. Then you will know how much you need for your venture.

Decide Which Type of Loan You Need

Calculating your required funding will help you on the next step, which is deciding which type of loan is best. A wealth of benefits is available to help you fund your business. Examples of some of the types of loans available are small business loans, short-term loans, installment loans, microloans, commercial real estate loans and more. A microloan is generally less than $50,000. This type of loan might be good for you if your business venture is very small. An example is if you want to start a mobile repair business and don’t need a building to work out of. Small Business Administration loans may be better for you if you need a larger amount of cash. A short-term loan is one that you can repay in a relatively short amount of time. You may be equipped to pay back such a loan if your business idea is extremely fruitful.

Check Your Credit Score

The next thing you will need to do is grab hold of your credit report and check your score. Your credit score is the main factor that prospective lenders will use to determine whether you qualify for an advance. Therefore, you need to improve it as much as possible before you apply for a business loan. You can request one copy of your report from each credit bureau once a year.

Gather Your Documents

You’ll need certain documents to obtain approval for a business loan. You’ll need to show proof of your business, such as a license or EIN. You’ll need an effective business plan if your idea is for a startup. You’ll also need to establish proof of identity, residence and income. You should gather all the necessary documents before you complete your first application with the prospective lender.

Shop for the Best Loan

The last step is to shop for the best loan to satisfy your needs. Pay close attention to the interest rates, as you’ll want to get the lowest rate for yourself. Also, you should conduct some research to ensure that the provider you choose is a reputable provider who cares for its borrowers and is transparent about its fees at all times.

Those are the steps to securing financing for your startup. Start the process now and make your dreams come true tomorrow.

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George Meszaros is the editor and co-founder of Success Harbor where entrepreneurs learn about building successful companies. Success Harbor is dedicated to document the entrepreneurial journey through interviews, original research, and unique content. George Meszaros is also co-founder of Webene, a web design and digital marketing agency.