The Point: We’re often asked at Tip of the Spear Ventures, “What are the best ways to go about business funding through raising capital?” While raising capital is just one way to accomplish business funding, it is often misperceived as being the only way. So in this article we’ll explore business funding through raising capital… Enjoy!
Small business funding is a very general term that can be applied to a wide range of different types of funding options. While this represents a broad range, there are a few more options that are common to many potential business funding scenarios. Typically, small business funding comes in the forms of loans and equity infusions, with some lenders offering lines of credit as well. The purpose of a loan is to provide a business owner with the capacity to obtain necessary funds to conduct business. Typically, this is done through a traditional bank that acts as a lending institution and with a financial officer on hand to handle business loan applications.
Equity infusions are very popular business funding options for many small businesses. These provide businesses with ready cash in return for an agreed upon level of equity (typically 35%) committed to the business. For the most part, this type of business funding scenario provides a business owner with ready cash resources to conduct business once the term loan has matured. However, there are some notable exceptions to this general scenario. For instance, some angel investors may require a certain amount of tangible assets as collateral in order to provide a loan to small businesses.
Another very popular type of business funding scenario is one that uses lines of credit. Lines of credit are typically offered by various private lender sources such as banks and credit card companies. In this scenario, business owners are given a credit score from a private source that is then used to qualify for financing from that source. In many cases, the rate of interest on lines of credit is based on the credit score of the business owners applying. This rate can be somewhat competitive when it comes to small business funding options.