1) Fund yourself. Easy enough right? Truth is I put everything I had into the store, I cashed out my mutual funds and emptied my bank account. This is an obvious choice.
2) Hit up friends and family. I bought some light up signs at an auction in Maryland and my parents drove them up to me, that normally would have cost shipping and such. I borrowed 5K from a friend. If you have a solid plan and a repayment schedule your friends and family will have faith in your idea.
3) SBA Loan. Here's where I got the bulk of my money from. I went to the local Small Business Development Center (SBDC)and worked on a solid business plan for over six months and submitted all the paperwork and next thing you know I had over a 100 grand in startup capital.
4) Lines of Credit. I got lines of credit for everything from magazines to concessions to DVDs. If you get a tax number and open lines of communication then more than likely a company will extend you a line of credit.
5) Bank Loans. After I got my business up and running I got a small loan to continue operations. All I needed was my taxes and quickbooks file and they extended me 10K to continue operations.
Before funding a start-up business, it is wise to write a business plan with clear goals. Having a plan means there are goals to work towards from day one and the plan acts as a guide to steer the business in the right direction. Any entrepreneur will agree that starting a business can be overwhelming. A start-up checklist is beneficial, especially for entrepreneurs who are starting their first business.
When you are starting a business you need to know how much you need to get started. Then make sure to add enough on top so that you can live while your business does not profit. This is very important. Make sure to have two separate bank accounts. Keep your business funds in your business account and keep the money you need to live in a personal account and be careful not to mix them.