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Where can I get a small business start-up loan?

If you're planning to put up a small business, getting a loan is a good way of helping you with your costs and expenses. Unfortunately, it is not that easy for a start-up business to secure a loan as compared to an established enterprise, but with patience and some effort, it can be done. This article will show you where to look for funding for your start-up company.

Banks and insurance companies

Banks Banks can be a bit cautious when granting small business loans. Most of the time, big commercial banks prefer to lend money to established businesses rather than start-ups. However, not all banks operate in this way. When approaching your bank for a loan, first get to know your commercial banker. Many bankers are more comfortable and prefer dealing with existing clients. Keep in mind that when dealing with banks, you need to present a proof of equity that you can use as a leverage when getting a small business start-up loan. Equity can be in the form of business investments, cash, or collateral such as buildings, land, and vehicles. If you don't have anything to show that you own something of value, then it might be difficult for you to secure a bank loan. Insurance companies Some insurance firms set aside some portion of their idle income for small business loans. Loans extended by insurance companies to businesses generally have more or less the same interest rates and terms as the ones offered in commercial banks. Ask your insurance officer about his company's criteria and policies regarding small business start-up loans. Besides, request for related information brochures from your insurer.

Venture capitalists

Capital venture businesses are organisations that will invest money in your enterprise in exchange for a percentage in ownership. These companies typically invest in businesses where they can realise quick and attractive return of investments. Keep in mind that venture capitalists typically do not like sitting idly in the sidelines. Rather, they like participating in the decision making activities of a company. These groups can be a great and quick source of funds for your start-up business. Look on the Internet One way of finding venture capitalists is to search on the Internet. Just type in a web browser venture capitalist and you will be sure to get loads of capital venture company leads.

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