How to finance your business
Need finance for your business? Learn about the types of finance, approaching lenders and investors and more.
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Options for financing a business
There are many methods for financing your business. See how they each work and how they might fit your needs.
- What is business finance?
Your new business idea is ready to go. Now you need to find the right small business funding. But where do you start?
- How much business funding do you need?
Knowing how much money you need will help you choose the right type of finance. These tips will help you find a number.
- Debt versus equity finance
Most forms of funding fall into one of two camps. Let’s look at the main pros and cons of debt versus equity.
- Main types of finance
It takes money to make money. So what sort of finance options are there? Here are the types that fund most businesses.
- How to get a business loan
Getting a business loan is still one of the most common ways to finance a business. So let’s look at how to get one.
- Peer-to-peer lending
Peer-to-peer lending is an alternative method of getting a business loan. How does it work?
- Friends and family loans
Friends and family loans may be available when other types of finance aren’t, but they do require some precautions.
- Invoice financing
Ever thought your cash flow would be better if everyone just paid what they owed you? Well, you may not have to wait.
- How to find investors
How do you find investors for equity financing? Let’s look at what types there are and where to locate them.
- Angel investors versus venture capitalists
Angel investors and venture capitalists are alternative finance sources. What can they offer your business?
- How crowdfunding works
Crowdfunding can get you the money to build a business, and the attention to build a customer base.
- Small business grants
Grants are a great funding option for some businesses. They can be a lot of work to get, but the reward is free money.
- Pitching for business funding
Seeking business funding is a major step but you needn’t be daunted. Here’s how to pitch your business.
- Tools and guides for your business
Now that you’re in business, you want to stay there. Xero’s got resources and solutions to help.
Why Xero knows about business finance
Xero is home to millions of small businesses, who use our software to run their finances and accounting. About 200,000 accountants and bookkeepers use us too. We asked some of those owners and experts about finance, then put their insights into this guide.
Handy resources for small businesses
People who are trying to finance a business often find these resources helpful.
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