There are many ways to get cash for your company. The best sources change during the life of your company. These surveys list the most popular and show your many options.
I go through a series of survey results in my entrepreneurial finance course that shows popular sources of cash for small businesses and how they change as the business ages.
For startups, these are the 5 most popular sources of startup funds per a SCORE (SBA) survey (For all surveys, percents listed are the percent of companies that said they used this source. Total percentages from all sources may be greater than 100% because companies use multiple sources):
- Personal funds (66%)
- Income from another job (28%)
- Friends/family (17%)
- Bank loans (11%)
- Cash advance from credit cards (9%)
Things change quite a bit four years after startup. Here are the four most popular sources firms after four years in business according to the SBA.
- Business loans (19%)
- Credit line (16%)
- Personal loan (13%)
- Owner/family equity (13%)
How about all small businesses? Here are the top five types of financing according to a National Small Business Association survey.
- Earning of the business (32%)
- Credit cards (31%)
- Bank loans (29%)
- Private loans - friends or family (13%)
- Vendor credit (12%)
These are the most popular sources but there were many others listed in the surveys: grants, crowdfunding, investors, leasing, online lenders, credit unions, and selling/pledging accounts receivable.
I hope you find the cash you need for your business. I wish you well.
- Rob Stephens
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