Bummer! The bank said NO! You were well-prepared, walked into your bank confident in your brilliant business idea for your start-up or business plan for your expansion and growth — and you are walking out empty-handed…

It happens everyday. In this economic climate it has become increasingly difficult to secure capital because all the traditional sources of funding have contracted to a point that they are almost non-existent. This doesn’t mean you can not obtain funding.

Here are 5 ways to leverage the many alternative sources available to you:

  • Merchant Funding: A cash advance, as a lump-sum, is obtained against future credit card receivables.
  • Revenue based financing: Unrestricted capital for growth is provided in exchange for a small percentage of future years’ revenues.
  • Factoring: Through a financial transaction, a business sells its account receivables (i.e. invoices) to a 3rd party (called a factor) at a discount.
  • Asset-based lending: Capital is secured by using “hard” assets such as land, equipment, buildings, inventory, purchase orders, contracts, receivables, etc., as collateral.
  • Equipment leasing: A firm can obtain the use of certain fixed assets for which it must pay a series of contractual, periodic, tax deductible payments.

What are the trade-offs? What does the future of your capital plan look like? Choosing the right funding method for your company is of the utmost importance for your success!

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Author: Andre F. Wilson Sr., Managing Partner, Altima Business Solutions

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