Whether you are a start-up or a business looking to expand or a business looking to come out of the COVID situation – raising capital for your business is a big obstacle. But obstacles can be overcome. If you have a convincing and robust business plan, you will be able to find lenders or investors ready to fund you
Common reasons for raising business capital
Whatever the purpose be, raising capital from the most suitable source for you is half the battle won.
How to raise capital for your business
Bootstrapping means funding your business by digging into your own resources, assets, and savings. If your funding requirements are low, this is the best way to raise capital. Self-funding means more control over the business. It also means that you may have to block your personal finances until you realize enough revenue to take it back. Bootstrapping will be insufficient if your capital needs are substantial.
Family and Friends Network
Your family or friends will be more willing to give you an unsecured loan than commercial houses. However, a clear payment plan is essential, and it may help to have the arrangements in writing. You don’t want sour relationships on account of money differences.
Bank loans are a traditional way of raising capital. The accompanying rules and requirements are also traditional. You will need to provide sufficient security; and while investors would be more willing to accept occasional losses, banks may not be so liberal.
Government grants have one of the most generous repayment terms. But they will have a strict eligibility screening process. These grants tend to support businesses like clean energy, non-profit, health research, rehabilitation, and other social services.
Venture capitalists take equity in exchange for funding your business. VCs are mostly companies or firms, and invest the partner’s money; they would prefer to invest in mature companies that can provide the best returns. It is rare for a VC to invest in businesses that are not in good shape or start-ups with untested ideas. If you manage to convince a VC, you can expect a sizeable investment. In return, VCs will expect equity and a say in business decisions.
Angel investors are mostly individuals who invest their own resources, especially in start-ups. They are usually less aggressive than venture capitalists and generally do not take a place on boards. They play more of an advisory role. However, like VCs, they will be looking for a good ROI, so you will need a rock-solid pitch to get them on to your side.
Arrowvine funding solutions
Arrowvine’s funding solutions are structured differently. Our lenders portfolio consists of family offices, hedge funds, life insurance companies, private investors, and specialty lenders who are actively looking to deploy capital. We help businesses and entrepreneurs obtain capital at all stages, especially those who may not fit into a traditional banking model. Our comprehensive suite of funding programs is flexible and customizable to suit your capital needs.
What type of funding programs does Arrowvine have?