Funding your business is simple not easy. True it is easy to get money when you have a traditional business. You will find it hard press to get the banks to give you a loan for your affiliate, network, direct sales, or internet marketing business.If you are a licensed professional like a real estate agent, insurance agent, or certified financial planners good luck on traditional funding sources.This guide will give you 21.5 ways to funding your home business. Looking to raise between $500-$10,000? Then this is for you. You may want to offer top-tier products and get paid higher commissions. But you don’t have the money to invest in your business to offer top-tier services. I give 21.5 ways to fund your business.Here are 21.5 ways to fund your business:Quick Funding Sources1. Personal Savings: The simplest way to fund your home business. You are investing your personal savings into a cash flowing business that will give you mega returns. You must think like this to succeed. You are not spending your savings you are investing it.2. The 3 F’s: Family, Friends, and Fools. It’s tricky borrowing money from family and friends. Especially if you have a history of starting and quitting businesses. If you have borrowed before and failed to pay it back you are up a creek. Then then are fools. There is someone out there who will give you money. I have raised over two hundred thousand dollars from friends, family, and fools.Be sure to draw up a written agreement saying when you will pay the money back. Offer a high interest rate so the person will not feel like a “Fool” when they are giving you their money.3. Credit Cards: Use your credit cards to get started. This is easy when you need less than $300 to start your business and becomes difficult when you want to sell top-tier products that pay higher commissions.Use your credit cards or someone else. This is where the 3 F’s come in again. I started my company, gave my friend 5% equity, and had her get business credit cards. I then borrowed $5000 for my internet marketing business. It took me 18 months to pay her back but now she gets her car note paid every month plus a nice dividend check at the end of the year.4. Short Term or Payday Loans: If you have a job you may want to try short-term or pay-day loans. You can borrow up to $2500 with some of these institutions. This is high risk and make sure you are in your home business for the long haul. Their interest rates are atrocious.5. Personal Lines of Credit: use your personal lines of credit from your bank. I prefer to use credit unions because they are a little more lenient and offer better rates. Plus they have favorable repayment terms.6. Personal Assets: Borrow against your home, car, or stocks. Borrow enough to start your business and keep it running. Borrowing against your assets will keep you committed to your business.7. Insurance: Cash out your insurance. This is how many entrepreneurs start. Check your policy’s conditions on you cashing out.8. Your Retirement Accounts: You can borrow from your 401k plans or IRA’s. Just make sure you borrow enough to cover 3-6 months of business expenses. Most people only borrow enough for the start-up. They forget about marketing and fixed monthly costs.9. Your Job: This is a slower process and sacrifices have to be made. Need to invest $5000 for your home business? Then save $500 for ten months. Saving a portion of your job income is a smart move because you will not owe anyone and your bills will still be paid. Plus you will have the time to learn your business.Creative Funding Sources10. Your Customers: Yes, your customers. You can pre-sell items to fund your business. I promoted marketing system before it was even launched. I sold a new blogging platform before it came to the market.11. Partnered Up: When I started my real estate career I did not have the money for my license, Realtor dues, or investing. I partnered up with agents and sent them my clients. I got a referral fee. I took finders fee on distressed properties. This ides works well in certain niches.12. Boot Strapping: You only invest the money you make from your business. This may be the only way to raise funds for your business if you have poor credit, no friends, or family who will lend you a dime. You may have to sell small items and upgrade when enough sales come in. The advantage of this is you are learning while you are earning.13. Sell Your Crap: Yes your crap that stuff you don’t need anymore that is taking up space. I have had several members of my team sell their cars, furniture, clothes, and other items to fund their home business. They used eBay, Craigslist, Back Page, and garage sales.14. Mobile Advertising: Turn your car into a moving advertisement. Some companies pay up to $300 per week. You are driving anyway might as well get paid.15. Sell Your Body: No, not like that. Sell advertising space on your body. Options include wearing signboards, t-shirts with company logos, or temporary or permanent tattoos.16. Windfalls: Use your tax refunds, lotto winnings, settlements, and gifts. You can expand your business every year with your tax refunds.17. Medical Research: I have a teammate who raised money by participating in medical research projects. This may be extreme but he got his money and has a profitable business. Search online for medical research projects in your area.Non-Traditional LendingIn my membership site there is a training that teaches you to raise $500 to $10,000 in 30 days or less. Here are the funding source we teach:18. Crowd Funding: is the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations. You can use crowd funding resources GoFundMe, Fundagreek, and Fundly.19. Peer-to-Peer Lending: is the practice of lending money to unrelated people, or “peers”, without going through a traditional financial intermediary such as a bank or other traditional financial institution. This lending takes place online on peer-to-peer lending companies’ websites using various lending platforms and credit checking tools. Sites like Peerform can help you with this process.20. Investor Loans: Lending Club and Prosper.com connect borrowers and investors. Borrowers get their funding and investors get a nice return on their money. Please check out these sites for more information.21. Micro Financing: Micro Financing is a form of financial services for entrepreneurs and small businesses lacking access to banking and related services. Mission-driven lending organizations give micro-loans (between $500 and $50,000) to businesses not eligible for traditional bank funding.21.5 Prayer: When all else fails pray that you will get the divine wisdom to raise the money you need. In fact this should have done this first.You now have 21.5 funding sources. You can raise money for your home business. Take action on these funding sources and excel in your home business.
Authors of self-published books face unique challenges. You pay for your own review copies, so you need to use them wisely. You don’t always have access to top distributors and magazine reviewers.However, there is no reason to be discouraged, if you know you have a book that satisfies the needs of at least one market. It is important to plan your marketing campaign carefully. Ideally you will start marketing even before publishing your book.At any stage, it is easy to be tempted to invest funds in tactics that seem to promise fast, easy results. For example, new authors usually realize that they need to get their books reviewed in online venues, such as Amazon. Yet they don’t know how to find reviewers who can write credible reviews for their own book.Therefore, it is tempting for a new author to hire a service to review his or her book. When you Google “book reviews” you will discover this sources readily. These services promise they will write a positive review of your book for a modest fee, ranging from $15 to $50. Some sites also promise to publish the reviews on an article marketing site.Your fee may give you access to a single reviewer or arrange with a panel of reviewers to provide one or multiple reviews. The reviewers may get paid in dollars or they may get Starbucks cards.There is no reason to use any of these services. When a review appears from a paid source, typically the review discloses that the reviewer is associated with a paid service. Readers know the reviewer was paid to write not just a review, but a positive review.”But,” an author may ask, “don’t reviewers get rewarded with copies of books? Amazon’s own Vine program sends books to selected reviewers every month.”True. However, these reviewers are free to write positive or negative reviews. Some observers conclude that Vine reviewers and other prolific reviewers tend to be more critical than ordinary reviewers.Readers of online book reviews tend to be savvy and sophisticated. They feel they are members of a community, not simply purchasers in a store. They will detect puffy reviews, whether written by a paid service or by an author’s friend or family member.Reviews from paid book review services tend to be short and often are poorly written. They are unlikely to play a strong, effective role in your book marketing. Instead, focus on writing a good book. When it comes to book publishing, a good book isn’t just well written. It’s also marketable.