Funding Your Next Startup: What to Start Doing Today

You know what they say—to make money, you have to spend money.

Whenever you get an amazing idea for the next great startup, one of the first factors you’ll want to consider is how much you’ll need to spend to launch your business and how long it will be before you see a return on investment.

Dreaming big during the planning stages is great, but before you launch your startup, you’re going to want to be grounded enough to know whether or not you can financially sustain your new business.

If you’re prepared to launch a startup, but aren’t prepared to take out a small business loan, you do have other financial options available to you. Making smart financial decisions now can save you money in the long run.

Raise capital through crowdfunding

As you start planning your startup, think about who your ideal target audience is. Take the time to develop a business plan, develop marketing plans, and develop a working model of your product. Once you have all of that in place, it could be time to start crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding platforms allow you to pitch your ideas and receive funding from people who are interested in investing in your startup. Transparent ideas and strong marketing strategies lead to better campaigns.

Crowdfunding is also a good way to get feedback on your startup before it officially launches. Consider all feedback—it could help you develop a more successful product.

Reevaluate your startup costs

Once you have an idea in place, start calculating startup costs. Take any and all costs associated with startup into consideration. Maybe you’re planning on buying materials for products or maybe you need to hire someone to create a website for you.

Whatever the cost is, add it to your list, no matter how minor it might seem. Once you have your list, reevaluate to see if there are any expenses you can lower. For example, maybe you need to consider a different vendor for materials or maybe you’re not ready to hire employees.

Knowing your ideal budget and figuring out your startup costs factor into it can help you create a more realistic budget.

Start investing in cryptocurrency

If you’re in the early stages of thinking through your startup, the idea of developing a business plan or a budget might seem overwhelming. If you’re simply trying to start investing money for whenever you’re ready to launch, one idea you might want to consider is investing in cryptocurrency.

Cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, have risen in popularity over the last few years. It is fairly easy to start investing in cryptocurrency. There are also online platforms that can help manage the trading aspect for you, allowing you to make a profit from your investment.

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Check with friends and family

Asking your friends and family might make you feel uneasy, but you might end up being pleasantly surprised by how many of your loved ones are willing to help support your goals.

Before you ask for money, have an idea in place for your startup. Providing them with exact details, such as how the money will be spent and what products you intend to offer.

Be appreciative of any donations your loved ones might give. And even if they aren’t able to help you financially, you might find that they’re able to provide emotional support. They may even know of a connection that can help you.

Dip into savings

Using your savings for a startup is risky, especially if you’ll need to completely deplete your savings in the process. That risk can pay off, however, if your startup launches into a successful business.

Careful planning and budgeting before dipping into savings can minimize your financial risk. You’ll want to use as little as your savings as possible and know when you’ll see a return on investment.

Sometimes, it might make more sense to take out a small business loan instead of draining your savings. If you’re not sure what is in your best financial interest, chat with a financial advisor before you make any decisions.

Final thoughts

Finding the funds for your next startup will take time, patience, and careful planning. Developing a business plan and a startup budget can help you figure out what funds you need available to successfully launch. While launching a startup is risky, smart financial decisions can help you be more successful.

Dragan Sutevski

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Dragan Sutevski is a founder and CEO of Sutevski Consulting, creating business excellence through innovative thinking. Get more from Dragan on Twitter. Contact Dragan