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Financing a personal start-up business presents some very serious risks. Even if you have a small business in mind, you need a realistic business plan before you put any real money into it.
A part of that plan has to be a reliable projection of how much profit you can expect to make. Remember that the small business financing you choose, and the payments you make on it, do reduce that profitability. Financing will reduce your profitability significantly if you’re not careful.
Many people confuse their credit cards with a form of personal start-up business financing. Credit cards have a role in business, but not as the financing mechanism. They’re great for handling expenses that come up regularly and that, most importantly, can be paid for at the end of each billing cycle. Financing to start up a business should be low-interest. You want to give your business breathing room so it can grow and high interest rates defeat that end.
Start-up financing can sometimes be acquired through state and local small business programs. Small businesses enjoy an important and, to a certain extent, revered place in society. There are many programs out there for people who have a good idea, a great work ethic and the intelligence to bring them together into something productive in their community.
Make sure that your financing is based on a realistic business plan, however, and that you’re really serious about the business before you indebt yourself for a dime.
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