The most common road block to starting your own business is money. Unfortunately the freest way to get money (grants) has minuscule availability for business start up plans. If you are a non profit organization, the chance will be higher of receiving a grant. However, most new businesses are probably looking for profit. So how do you find money to start your business?
As mentioned, approaching a grant is extremely difficult. Two clear situations have grant possibilities. First, if an individual has a very clear purpose describing a grant, it is possible to receive one. Second, but also along the same terms, you may be able to receive a grant if you are doing particular research with an outcome that benefits a government agency.
The Small Business Association (SBA) does not typically help owners find a grant. They can however be a great resource. If you access the SBA Web site you can find topics to help you with your business. The SBA also offers loans for your business that vary from small to larger amounts. Use the Web to gather loan information, ask questions and locate someone near your area to assist you. If a loan via the SBA is not possible, research several bank opportunities. Banks have a variety of different loans available.
You should be able to locate a bank that offers a loan fitting with your company's needs and financial abilities. If you decide to take out a loan, make sure you have committed to realistic payments. Your business idea is great and the business will soon be profitable; you can afford to extend the loan a little while. However, if you lose the business because you can not make payments, there is clearly no success.
An additional option is finding investors or selling commerce stock. Investors can be very valuable resources, but keep in mind that any investor also becomes part owner. Before making that commitment be sure the business's goals, values, mission and ethical are clearly described, written out and agreed upon. You started this business with something specific in mind; do not hastily lose that to an investor.
Lastly, a viable option that may require some groveling is to ask friends and family for their support. Friends and family will know first hand how important this business is to you. If the financial and relationship status allow for "donations" by friends and family, this could be a tremendous asset to your business. If you are having trouble with bank loans, it may be acceptable to set up a loan type agreement between a friend or family member. This allows you to create a financial plan that truly works for you, and may allow for some leeway if payment difficulties anrise. Do not take advantage of this possibly good situation. Just because the "bank" is someone you know or are related to, payments made on time and of the agreed amount is still critical.