Starting your own business can be one of the most rewarding (personally as well as financially!) decisions that you can make. Unfortunately, many potential entrepreneurs struggle to raise the funds needed to actually start a business. While some business models (particularly those in industries such as web design, digital marketing, consulting, and other online-based fields) require little more than a laptop and internet connection to get started, other businesses require significant upfront costs.
Industries such as manufacturing and hospitality can entail significant expenses to get a new business on its feet and able to operate. If you are starting your own café, you will need to purchase grills, coffee machines, and furniture. If you are starting a factory, you will probably need all kinds of expensive heavy-duty equipment.
So, how can you reduce these costs so you can start your business? Here are a few tips.
Buy Used, Not New
Although shiny, brand-new appliances may seem appealing, the cost of factory-fresh equipment is often not worth it. In many cases, you can get hold of used or even refurbished equipment for much cheaper. Try and strike a balance between the cost and condition of any appliances; while the absolute cheapest items available may fall apart and need replacing quickly, equipment that has a few years under its belt but is high quality and reliable can be a great investment. For example, sites like recyclingbalers.com offer refurbished recycling equipment that is discounted yet high quality. This is an area where a little bit of research—and possibly minor repairs—can save a lot of time and money in the long run.
Depending on the type of business you are starting, you may be able to outsource many processes, at least in the early stages. For example, if you are not able to afford to hire an in-house customer service team, accountant, or marketing department, you may be able to outsource these temporarily until your business is profitable enough to hire dedicated staff.
Purchase Supplies in Bulk
This one may seem counter-productive—after all, you don’t want to spend more money than you need to at first! However, purchasing necessary business supplies in bulk can actually be a savvy business decision in the long term if you are able to afford the initial investment. When it comes to affording this, this brings us to the next point …
Consider Taking Out a Loan
Even when following all of the suggestions on this list, starting your own business can be very expensive. If affording all of these upfront costs is impossible for you, it may be worth considering taking out a loan in order to fund the setting up of your business.
As well to private companies, many local governments offer business loans to boost the private sector economy. You may also be able to take out a personal loan from a friend or family member. If you believe that your business will be profitable, paying back these loans should be no problem.