To start a business or to go in for expansion of your business you will need money. Small businesses will find it tough to raise money through internal resources and that is why they look outside for funding. That will mean that you will have to tap various sources of money.
Let me begin with the best source and that source is the grants for small business. These grants are literally like free money as you need not return the money back to the government nor would you be required to pay any interest on it. The challenge lies in the fact that grants for small business are very tough to get as the number of business applying for it are very huge. However with some professional help and due diligence I am sure you will be able to crack it.
Grants are not the only option for your funding and there are several other ways in which you can get the initial money. The most common one among the other funding option is the bank loans. There are several banks which give out loans. The challenge with the loans is that they can be expensive and sometimes the interest payments can be really killing for the business.
Another big source of funding nowadays is the private equity. These private equity investors are always on the lookout for good business ideas. These investors invest in the company via the equity route. Well let us make no mistake that these are in the business of making money and hence they will sell their stake as and when they see getting good returns on their investment. The best thing is that they will also provide a lot of management support and that can help grow the business. Last but not the least avenue for funding are the friends and family.