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Five Ways to Get Business Start-Up Funding

Getting start-up capital can be a challenging process as your business prepares to take its first small steps. No matter how great of a business idea you have in order to turn that idea into reality by launching your business you will need business financing.
How do you go about getting the money you need to start-up your business? There are a lot of ways to get the capital you need for your business and you only limited by limits of your own creativity. But here are five ways to help you get business funding to help you business get your business started:
1. A Personal Loan: If you have fairly good credit you can probably get a personal loan to get your business up and going. Many small businesses have been started with personal loans. But it might not be a good idea to tell them that you will use the loan to start a business because they might send you to their business loan department.
2. Family and Friends: You make be able to borrow the money you need for your business from your family and friends, or you can give them an equity stake in your business. And you should be business like in your dealings with them by providing a copy of your business plan and putting everything in writing.
3. Credit Cards: If you have or can obtain several credit cards you can get a cash advance on them then use the money to start your business. So if you have, for example, three credit cards with a line of credit of $10,000 each you could quickly raise $30,000 for your business to get it up and rolling fast. However, before you use credit cards be sure that you can earn enough profits to maintain the payments until you can pay them off.
4. SBA Micro Loans: A micro loan is a loan where the SBA provides loan money to intermediary nonprofit agencies such as Community Development Agencies and similar kinds of agencies which are in every community. These nonprofits then make these loans to deserving businesses in their respective communities. You can borrow $5,000 to $35,000 with the micron loan program, and it is well worth checking into to see if you can qualify which should not be too hard to do if you have a fairly decent credit rating.
5. Angel Investors: Angel investors are individuals with large amounts of excess capital that they love to invest in promising business ideas, which will make them even more money. An angel investment is an equity share in your business, so before you approach angel investors know how much you are willing to give up, and have a good business plan.
With a good business idea and a good business plan you can get the money you need to get your small business operations off to a good start. These five ways that we covered are just some of the many ways to finance your business start-up, of course, there are many more ways.
But the key point here is that whatever way you decide to fund the first few steps of your business it can be done successfully, and the only limits you have are the limits of your own creativity which is unlimited. Now use this article to help you get the capital you need to turn your great business idea into a profit making machine.

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Should You Match Your Entrepreneur Personality With Your Business Startup Idea?

Did you know that the word entrepreneur comes from a French word “entreprendre” which means “to undertake? If you want to get more analytical and you speak French, you might think it comes from combining two verbs “entre” and “prendre.” “Entrer” means “to enter” and “prendre” means “to take” so combined they would mean “to enter to take.” That works too because a person following a business startup idea who enters markets to take advantage of opportunities for profits by assuming the risks is by definition an entrepreneur.
Let’s look at  some interesting facts about entrepreneurs:
People who become entrepreneurs either seek out an entrepreneurial life or they fall into it. Not everyone who becomes an entrepreneur grew up thinking that it was their dream to become a business owner.
Entrepreneurs fall into different entrepreneurial personality types–the professional, expert or pragmatist, and the inventor. Maybe as a small business owner, you have not given much thought as to the type of entrepreneur you are. You were too busy focusing on getting your business operating and profitable and not so much on what kind of entrepreneur you are.
Those entrepreneurs that are referred to as professional entrepreneurs start one business, and another, and another. They are very good at establishing a business and making it very successful in a relatively short period of time. Sometimes if luck would have it, the first business does well and they sell it. Soon they start another business because now being an entrepreneur is in their blood and they can’t go to work for someone else so they start another business.
Did you think that every person who becomes an entrepreneur set out to be one? Sometimes an entrepreneur comes looking for someone who is an expert in a particular field that is needed for their business such as accounting, finance, marketing, or sales. It can also be that they need an expert in a particular industry such as software, pharmaceuticals, or cosmetics. Then they go looking for someone who has that knowledge and ask them to join their venture by making them a partner. Voila! they are now an entrepreneur.
The expert entrepreneurs are often well-educated and become experienced in their trade by working in a corporate setting for a number of years. There they hone their skills creating the expertise that makes them so valuable as an entrepreneur.
The third type is the inventor. Bill Gates is an inventor type entrepreneur that has made this type very well known. This type of entrepreneur may have the classic inventor personality. You know the “absent minded professor” who gets so caught up in his technology and invention that they do not function well in a fully functioning business setting. As a result, they cannot function as a leader of a company because they have much too narrow a focus.
Instead, to become a success as an entrepreneur, they compensate for their shortcomings by surrounding themselves with experts that can provide the business expertise that they lack. In fact, they may hire the “professional” entrepreneur as a partner to focus on the growth aspects of the company so that they can continue in the inventor capacity which they do best.
There are blends of these three entrepreneurial types. It is possible to find a professional-inventor type who is fortunate enough to have both skills at their disposal. They can become super-creative geniuses who can invent and start businesses that do extremely well and become very profitable taking full advantage of their creative and business potential. They can become billionaires!
The blend pragmatist-professional entrepreneur is one that takes a combination expert who also understands the operation of a business. They use their expertise to develop an idea for a business that will lead to a very profitable business idea and set about hiring all the talent they need in every area to make it extremely successful. For example, someone who knows the pharmaceutical business very well comes up with an idea for marketing and managing pharmaceuticals in a new and more efficient way. His expertise as a professional entrepreneur allowed him to dig in and help with the startup process of the business while supervising the development of the pharmaceutical end of it.
Another interesting fact is that certain entrepreneurial types go better with specific types of businesses. You increase your chances of success if you choose a business that matches your entrepreneurial type. Often when you are thinking of starting a business, you do not give any thought to what kind of entrepreneur you are. Success often depends on your knowing your own strengths and weaknesses and your ability to find people that complement you.