Many people have had the dream of owning and running their own business. The facts are, though, that only a portion of people actually try it. And even less end up with a thriving, successful business.

A big part of that is because so many businesses fail financially. In fact, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, about 33% of businesses fail in their first two years.

If you have dreams of having your own business, make sure you lessen your chance of failure by having a solid financial plan for your new business. Still not sure where to start?

Here are some options for financing a new business.

1. Bank Loan

Of course, a traditional bank loan is one method of financing a new business venture. Unfortunately, some banks have tightened their loan requirements making it harder to get a loan than in years past.

It also seems to be taking longer to get your loan approved. Part of the reason banks are being more cautious about lending is because of tougher economic times. Banks and other lending institutions are scrutinizing their applicants more thoroughly.

For example, your lender might want to know your personal credit history, as well as a host of other information about your new business before approving your loan request.

Be ready to answer lots of questions and provide data and information about your business in order to get a loan.

2. Refinance Your Home Loan

One way you can finance a new business is by refinancing your home. Obviously, this may not be the best way to obtain the cash you need to bankroll your new venture due to the risks involved.

One of those risks is defaulting on your loan due to inability to pay your business debts. If that should happen, you could lose not only your business but your home as well.

Whether or not you should accept the risk and refinance your home depends on several factors. Two of those factors include how much you already owe on your home and what your home’s appraised value is.

Run the numbers and think hard not only about the benefits but also the risks and results of making this move before you take any action.

3. Side Hustle

Basically, the side hustle as a way to finance your business venture involves you getting a second job. But there are drawbacks to this option as well. One such drawback is that you start being so tired you have no energy left to continue with your plans to start your new business.

Another is lacking or running out of time to work on your business as a result of spending more time working for someone else.

If you side hustle for a few years first and set aside that extra money, you could be in business before you know it. But beware of the temptation to use that money for things other than its intended purpose.

Should this happen, it is entirely possible you’ll never reach your goal of having your own business. You must be very hawkish to protect that money for the payday that will come if you can make this side hustle work for you.

4. Downsizing

What if you sold your nearly new car and bought an older model? Or, could you sell your home and move to a smaller less expensive one? Thinking outside the box and taking steps to reduce your personal expenses could provide you with the money to get your business started.

5. Life Insurance

Did you know it is possible to borrow against your life insurance policy? You may not even have to pay back the loan. It may be deducted from the death benefits that are paid to your beneficiaries.

However, you will be charged interest and it will be compounded, meaning you’ll pay interest on the interest.

Additionally, it is possible to end up owing more than your policy is worth. If that happens, you may find a notice of taxes due in the mail from the IRS. Know the risks involved before you decide to take this option to fund your business start-up.

Be sure to get solid financial advice before going this route.

6. Credit Card

Another risky option that some people have chosen to get the money needed for their new business is to use credit cards. Paying only the minimum spells bad news and non-payment or late payments will show up on your credit report.

If you only use it once in a while and pay back what you borrow promptly instead, it may be ok to use when you really need it. But it’s probably not a good option to finance a new business entirely with a credit card.

7. Find a Partner

If you have a friend or family member with the capital and you have the business knowledge, perhaps you should consider bringing a partner into the equation.

Clearly defining your roles and what happens if one person doesn’t hold up their end of the bargain is a good idea. Therefore, to protect your interests and that of your partner it is best that you draw up contracts for both of you to agree on and sign.

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