When trying to gather enough funds for our business, we should think outside the box and try to be creative in our endeavour. We should look at the business world through different eyes to help spot solutions that we couldn’t easily see. Business owners should act differently based on specific situation, especially when it comes to looking for funding options. Here are some alternatives that business owners should consider:
- Factoring: If business owners running credit cards from their client, then they can qualify for what is known as factoring. This should allow businesses to free up some capital when needed. To be honest, this path is rather pricey, but we should be able to use it time and time again. This will make sure that we won’t stop business operations due to the lack of cash. Business owners should also qualify to receive a number of advances on their future credit card transactions. It is a quick way to get some cash for our business, but we should make sure that we will meet the qualifications.
- Lines of Credit: This method is suitable for companies with good business credit. We can also use lines of credit if our company shows up at Client Checker, DNB, Experian Business and other business directories. Banks will ask for our personal information, such as social security numbers. They do this to make sure that we won’t default on the line of credit. For this reason, we should make sure that our business is running smoothly and can get even more revenue by acquiring more fund through lines of credit. We don’t have to use our personal credit to fund our business, but banks seek personal information to make sure that we are not on the fraud list. Banks will also make sure that we won’t be affected by impending bankruptcy and they need to make sure that we are good candidates. We should have the ability to fully pay back the loan.
- Collateral lending: Collateral lending should be quite easy to understand. Collaterals can be vehicles or a piece of property that we should be able to use to lend some money. Banks will take our deed to the car, property and other assets that we try to lend against. We can hold on to it until we complete the repayment of the loan. If we are not able to pay back the loan, we will lose the collaterals. This method shouldn’t scare you away from lending enough money for the business, especially if we need to expand our business due to increased demands. Being creative should be the only way to go if we want to acquire more money for business expansion.
- Traditional lending: Traditional lending usually involves smaller amount of money and it is possible if we want to purchase equipments, instead of building new branches or restaurants. Traditional lending may not require collaterals if we have sustainable business process.