4 Ways to Finance a Company without Losing Ownership


Starting a business is a revitalizing, enjoyable, terrifying and empowering mission. This costs money too.

All you have is yourself as you start school. You may have one or two spouses. Many investors could have earned (or sought, discussed) venture capital financing. Yet VC funding would definitely be off – the-table if you do not have a creative product or service.

Angel investment may come from other companies. But all that comes at a cost: equity. Unless you can get half of your business in exchange, VCs won’t rain cash on you. The same thing applies to angels that you don’t learn well. It’s just fair. This is just rational.

It might be a surprise to your mom and they would like nothing. Nevertheless, the gift tax may extend if its current goes beyond the annual exemption of the IRS. To order to do this your mother can retain her donation below $15,000, or pay tax if she gets over it, or she may compensate her money. Also, most of the time this is debt.

But what if you want to maintain 100% of your company? Options are available.

1. Branding your startup

Funding that requires minimum time in business will not work for super-new companies. Play your strengths instead; you have funds to match.

Those with good credit for themselves? Use it to start.

A decent FICO score goes a long way. It shows investors you are trustworthy and pay debts on time. It’s also a good idea to seek loans. Even many online lender prefer the holder of the company to reach a FICO score. If you have good consumer credit, take advantage of this to launch.

What if you don’t have a solid credit? Use your assets

Like always, you should pay bills in full and in due time. Do not borrow more than you can pay back, since now, if you pay late personal assets can be on board.

Prices are often 5%, and can be even smaller. No matter what personal credit rating is. Use your inventory, receivables, 401(k) or any stock you own for equity purposes. You can also partner with a credit company and earn 401(k) for collateral in their stocks.

2. For startups with more time at hand

Have you been in company for some time? Does the firm have or have an inventory of equipment? If so, your company may be eligible for other finance types.

Begin with loans. Start borrowing. Most credit companies can get, and they don’t always come from banks.

Private investors and other lenders

Nearly all of these programs require two years of tax returns, which must be profitable

Credit lines may be provided by private creditors and alternative lenders. These are much simpler than, say, traditional SBA loans to apply for. We also want the authorization of much less information. These alternative credit lines for SBA often require the approval of solid FICO ratings.

Unlike the SBA, many of these borrowers are not looking for approval for good bank or business credit. Tariffs may be 7% or higher. Loan sums vary from $25,000 to millions, mostly based on your income and/or earnings as shown in your tax returns. Often, borrowers may want other documents, such as statement of profit and loss, balance sheets, or statement of profits.

Line of credit (LOC)

A line of credit is a borrower’s deal with a lender or private investor. This determines the minimum loan balance open to a creditor.

You will withdraw funds from the LOC at any point as the creditor, as long as you do not surpass the limit set out in the arrangement. You must also meet the bank or investor’s other conditions, such as making payments on time. You require good credit, decent business resources, and good financials.

You can use the LOC to pay interest on what you are buying. That compares to mortgages when you pay interest on the total loan. You can swap credit lines, just run a balance and pay it off, and redeem the credit available.

LOCs are accounts which revolve like credit cards. These are also comparable with other modes of borrowing, such as installment loans. Also, such as credit cards, LOCs are not covered. Nevertheless, there are some secure lines of credit that are easier to obtain

What if you don’t have a good personal credit and no guarantor? Build the credit for business! Even if you have good personal credit, this makes sense. Business credit will help you get even more money without a personal guarantee.

3. Startups at any point – the development of business loans

Business loans can save a startup day at any point. If you don’t have collateral or good personal credit, the guarantor or cash flow from your business, this is a great solution.

Corporate credit are loans in the name of a company. It is not related to the personal credit of the owner, even when the owner is a sole owner or the sole employee. The company and personal credit scores of an entrepreneur could therefore be very different.

Corporate credit helps to safeguard the personal property. This even extends to legal proceedings or business bankruptcies. Two different credit scores exist, which means you can have two different cards from the same dealer. This effectively doubles your purchasing power

You don’t need some time to work, so startups can do that. Another advantage. The scores only depend on whether a company pays its debts on time.

You do not set up company credit automatically. To get this, you have to work. To start with, build a fundable company. Make finding a reason to say no tougher for credit providers and borrowers.

The web footprint of your business

Bank agencies and creditors can search for your company online. When they can’t find it, it’s not healthy.

Every business must be online. You still need an online presence even if you offer nothing online and your customer is not informed. This needs an e-mail address and a registered website. You need a web-hosting service to buy the domain.

Corporate affairs

Business phone numbers and fax numbers must be identified as 411. Your primary telephone number for business should be free of charge. You also need your company to have a bank account, and nothing else.

Licenses for company

A business must have all the licenses it wants to run. That means state licenses, but it can also mean licenses for towns or even counties.

4. Other approaches to financing


A simple business might not do that well, but if you go ahead with crowdfunding, here are some quick tips. Your pitch of funding will make your campaign or break it. Consider it as well written, eye-catching and insightful as possible. Through reaching out to bigger investors in advance, you will do well. Make them donate on the campaign’s first or last days. On the first day, large donations roll the ball and serve on the last day as an inspiring reminder for potential donors.


Komolafe Timileyin is a passionate entrepreneur that loves to solve entrepreneurial issues. He is also a blogger and an upcoming Engineer.

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