Most companies fail because of lack of proper funding and financial management. Therefore, before you embark on your business journey, make sure you put some serious thoughts on how and where are you going to get your funding to jumpstart and expand your business.
Many entrepreneurs begin with their personal savings or financial support from their families and close friends. This is of course very important and it is the fastest and simplest form of financing. However, it is important to provide for an adequate amount of working capital for your business because you may not be cashflow positive immediately, and it is not uncommon for new businesses to be operating at a loss for the initial 6 – 12 months. So, having an adequate amount of working capital to sustain the initial loss period is absolutely critical. Most business fail (despite having a good business concept) because they run out of cash to operate before they can turn profitable.
So it’s always to important to understand and consider alternative source of funding (when the need arises).
- Loan and overdraft facilities from Banks
- Government Funding/Grants such as Business Angel Fund, Start-up Enterprise Development Scheme and Productivity Solution Grants are also available under SPRING Singapore for new start-ups. Please refer to the SPRING Website for more information and remember to take advantage of these generous financial supports if you meet the qualifying criteria.
- Crowdfunding platforms.