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Other Ways to Fund Your Business Besides Loans

Other Ways to Fund Your Business Besides Loans


Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and GoFundMe allow entrepreneurs to raise money from a large number of people contributing small amounts. This can be a good way to validate your business idea, build an audience, and fund initial startup costs. Some key things to consider with crowdfunding include:

  • Offering rewards or perks for different funding tiers
  • Building hype through social media marketing
  • Having a compelling video or pitch to showcase your idea
  • Following through for backers if funded


Bootstrapping means relying on your own funds to get your business off the ground, rather than external financing. This could include using personal savings, money from friends/family, credit cards, or income from a side job to fund things like inventory, equipment, marketing etc. Bootstrapping gives you full control but can also be risky if you run out of funds.

Angel Investors

Angel investors are high net worth individuals who provide startup capital for new businesses in exchange for ownership equity or convertible debt. Angels invest their own money, unlike venture capitalists who manage pools of institutional investments. Angels can provide valuable advice and mentorship in addition to funding.

Revenue-Based Financing

With revenue-based financing, investors provide upfront capital as a percentage of your future revenue over a fixed period of time. There are no fixed monthly payments – you just pay back a percentage of revenue until hitting the repayment cap. This type of financing is flexible and scales up or down with sales.


Depending on your business and location, you may be eligible for government or private grants to help cover startup costs. For example, some cities/states provide grants for tech startups or companies that create new jobs. There are also industry-specific small business grants related to manufacturing, exporting, green energy, etc. The application process can be lengthy but grants don’t need to be repaid.

I’ve included a comparison table of these funding options as well:

Funding Method Overview Pros Cons
Crowdfunding Raising money from a large pool of contributors Validates ideas, builds audience, flexible terms Lots of promotion needed, rewards fulfillment
Bootstrapping Self-funding with personal savings Full control, no repayment High risk if funds run out
Angel Investors Wealthy individuals investing own $ Expertise, advice, credibility Equity dilution, reporting requirements
Revenue-Based Financing Investors take % of future revenue Flexible, scales up/down Gives up revenue share until repaid
Grants Money that doesn’t require repayment Free money! Competitive, lengthy applications

Some key Reddit threads discussing other startup funding options:

On Quora, there is a discussion comparing pros and cons of crowdfunding vs angel investors. There is also advice on alternatives if you can’t get a bank loan.

I hope this gives you some ideas on ways to fund your business without taking out loans! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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