Financing

Your One Stop Solution For Business Financing

All businesses regardless of size will need financing at some point. Whether it is a startup, an expansion, purchasing an existing business, or just helping out with cash flow financing will be an important part of your business at some time.

There are two types of financing: Debt and Equity.

Debt Financing

Debt financing includes many types of financing options. The one thing they all have in common is not giving up any ownership in the business and the funds must be paid back with interest. This allows you to keep control of your business but may cost more to repay.

Debt financing can be both short (30 days to 1 year) and long term (1 to 5 years). Short term is usually to cover short term cash flow bumps or expenses and long term would be more for larger expenses such as buying or starting a business.

You will need to qualify for debt financing by proving your credit-worthiness. This will include some kind of credit check and things like your business track record and financials, your bank history, how much of your own money you have invested and your ability to repay the loan.

You may also be required to secure the loan with a fixed asset such as property.

Debt financing can be a good choice if funds are needed quickly.

Can be obtained from several sources such as:

  • Financial institutions
  • Finance companies
  • Retailers
  • Suppliers
  • Receivables finance (or invoice financing)
  • Peer to peer loans
  • Family & friends
  • Equipment finance / asset finance
  • Trade finance
  • Supply chain finance

Equity Financing

Equity financing is the world of venture capital and angel investors. When you give up equity in your business it usually means you also give up things like decision making and voting rights, dilution, valuation and exit methods.

Investors however can bring credibility and skills to your business that give you much more value than just the money. That and the fact you don’t have to pay back the investment may be just what your business needs to thrive.

Equity financing can take a lot of time and effort to find the people to invest. Our team at Gateway Business Brokers can help. We have a network of investors that we can contact if equity financing is needed.

Equity financing can come from sources like these:

  • Personal finances / bootstrapping
  • Venture capital
  • Private investors/Angel investors
  • Family and Friends
  • Crowdfunding
  • Government
  • IPO (Initial Public Offering)

Need Financing?

Speak with one of our advisors today to get an expert opinion on the best way to finance your business expansion or purchase.

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