Starting a new business is a daunting task filled with many ups and downs, particularly in the first few years of operation because profits are more difficult to attain. Startups often need as much financial assistance as they can qualify for or find. Below are three methods to finance new startups to aid in a successful first few years.

1. Loans and Credit Lines

A small business loan from a qualified financial institution is a lump sum of money given to your business for any needs that must be paid in full with interest by a set amount of agreed-upon time, such as one, five, or ten years. Some lenders will have a list of qualifications you need to meet in order to receive any type of business loan. That may be difficult in the early days of your business. If that is true, and you can prove a good to high credit score, you should be able to qualify for a business line of credit. This is a revolving type of financial assistance that allows you to spend any amount of money within an allowed limit and pay it back monthly based on what you spent.

2. Angel Investors

There are many successful businesses and investors who want to help the new generation of startups by investing their capital into new ventures, especially those ventures that are innovative for the modern world. Angel investors usually have a lot of experience in startups, so you can be sure to learn a lot from your investors too. Although your new business will trade equity for this capital, working with established businessmen and businesswomen will give your startup the ability to grow further relationships in the local business world.

3. Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a new method for startups to receive funding. A lot of research goes into a crowdfunding campaign. You need to be very specific with your projected goals, financial strategies, and the reasons your startup needs the funding in the first place; it is helpful to investors to have this information upfront so they know what you plan to do with their money. There are a few typical types of crowdfunding sites that are based on equity or donations. Make sure to do the proper research on what will work best for you and your new business.

There are many methods you can use to receive funding for a startup company. Choose the best one to suit your business’s needs and goals.