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How to Raise Money for Your Business

How to Raise Money for Your Business
Whether you've been in business one week or five years, an infusion of funds is always welcome. But what type of financing is best for your business? There are so many factors to consider--from the stage of your business to how much it'll cost to get the money--that just choosing a path to follow can be overwhelming.

To help you get your head around the different ways you can finance the growth of your business, we've compiled mini-guides that cover the basic information on many different financing sources. Read through our guides to learn the basics, and then start hunting!

The Basics of Startup Financing

How to get your business off the ground with cash from several startup sources.

The Fundamentals of Leasing Business Equipment

Equipment leasing can help you grow your business when you are short on cash.

A Guide to Community Development Financial Institutions

If your business in an economically distressed area, this special funding source could help you find money for your business.

A Simple Guide to Microloans

Need a little cash to grow? The Small Business Administration has microloans to help.

The Ins and Outs of Asset-Based Loans

Need cash fast? It can be had -- if you're willing to put future sales on the line.

A Basic Guide to Bank-Term Loans

A business loan from the bank is one of the most traditional forms of startup funding.

Getting Started With a Loan From the Small Business Administration

The SBA's got your back. With an SBA-guaranteed loan, they'll guarantee as much as 80 percent of the principle.

The Basics of Private Loan Guarantees

Prospective investors hesitant to provide cash? Ask if they will guarantee a loan.

How to Use the Small Business Administration's 504 Loans

Government-backed financing can help you buy a new location or update your current business.

An Introduction to Royalty Financing

Don't want to allow investors to own your business? Pledge a cut in revenue instead.

Taking Advantage of Government Venture Capital

The SBA doesn't just guarantee loans. It backs venture capital funds, too.

Getting Started With Angel Investing

The large influx of cash can help launch your business, just make sure you can stay in the driver's seat.

Getting Started With Business Incubators

If you can get in, these organizations can help turn your startup into a successful company.

The Basics of 401(k) Financing

It's an easy source of startup funding, but you'll have to deal with IRS rules and regulations down the line.

Getting Started on Direct Public Offerings

This fundraising option can be costly, but crowdfunding can make it more attractive.

A First Take on Reverse Mergers

Dreading the time suck of an IPO? A reverse merger may be the answer.

The Ins and Outs of IPOs

An Initial Public Offering includes advantages and disadvantages on a grand scale.

Institutional Venture Capital

VC funding isn't always easy to obtain and and you'll have to give up equity, but when you're a high-growth company with high-financing needs, it can be your best bet.

The Basics of Home Equity Financing

Raise money for your business from your house, but beware of losing the roof over your head.

A Beginner's Guide to Private Equity

It may be just what an established business needs, but watch out for ruthlessness.

The Basics of Using Credit Cards to Fund Your New Business

Don't swipe the plastic too carelessly, because it's a double-edged sword.

The Basics of Crowdfunding

Small investments from a lot of people can equal a lot of money.

The Ins and Outs of Raising Money From Friends and Family

Make your personal network your first investors, but don't make it too informal.

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