Obtaining finance for your small or startup business can be an insurmountable problem. The number one problem that new businesses experience is a shortage of cash. So what is the solution for the small business entrepreneur? Let’s look at the sources of funds you can tap into and how to go about obtaining the money you need.
A business grant may very well be available right in your home state. The federal government doesn’t provide for small business in their grant programs. However, many states have development agencies that offer grants that are designed to assist the entrepreneur or small business owner either to start or expand their existing business.
It is vitally important that you do your homework before applying for a grant. Creating a business plan is a necessary evil that every application must have, even for existing businesses. Areas that the business plan must cover include an overview of the business and the business owners’ background, detailed description of the business or project and what funding is required.
A detailed projection of budgeted costs and potential income should be prepared, preferably with the help of a CPA or other qualified professional licensed in your state.
You will need to detail how the funds will be spent as well as a market analysis of your target market. The famous SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis will provide a good basis on which to assess the application for funds.
It is important to remember that SBA’s provide a source of attractive loans to startup business as well. It would be a good idea to list what collateral you have as well in your business plan. If you have already put funds or assets into the project or business it shows your commitment and could very well elicit a favourable response to your application.
In the final analysis, your success or failure to secure funding, be it grants or loans, depends on many different factors. To give yourself the best chance, make use of a professional accountant or other business advisor who will assist you in securing the best source of funds for your business.
Susan Mulder is an accountant who has run numerous successful international companies and is currently the owner of Hunter Recruitment. For more detailed information about grants for business startups visit http://www.hunterrecruitment.co.za/business/