Depends on debt product, lender and in some cases your business profile
Varies according to product
Any business – different products suit different business stages or scenarios
Start-up finance is a broad term that refers to any kind of finance (i.e. debt finance, equity finance or grant funding) that a start-up business might need in order to launch and grow. It’s sometimes used interchangeably with ‘seed capital’, though start-up finance is usually a longer-term arrangement.
Let’s say you’re a start-up business. You’ve got a great idea. You might also have a team in place, a business plan, a budget and a figure for the amount of finance you need in order to meet your short-term needs and grow. You might decide you need funding for, say, three years to cover development costs and start-up losses. Perhaps you’ll need finance even after you’ve reached break-even point, especially if your business is seasonal.
For short-term finance you might consider an overdraft (paying interest only on the amount you’re overdrawn each day), factoring (selling accounts receivable), a credit card, purchase order finance or other types of working capital finance.
If you’re looking for longer-term finance then a start-up loan is one option. There are a large number of lenders (bank and non-bank) who offer loans to start-ups or new businesses.
You might find, however, that your business doesn’t currently meet the lending criteria for a start-up loan (or for any longer-term business loan for that matter). Or perhaps you just don’t want to take out a traditional loan. You could instead investigate crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending, business angels, venture capital and other types of alternative finance. Your business might also be eligible for grant funding or for one or more of the government’s schemes to reduce taxes, e.g.:
Your finance needs will inevitably change as your business grows – as will the types of finance options open to you. It’s worth exploring all options and regularly speaking to a professional before you commit to any financing route.
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