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Even though money doesn’t technically grow on trees, it’s not something that is ridiculously hard to come by if you know how to look for it. Of course, if you have bad credit and you have a horrible history of making payments on bills to the point that you’ve acquired a lot of debt, finances are going to obviously feel like more of a stretch for you, but if you’re an entrepreneur at heart and you have a dream to start your own enterprise but the main thing that is holding you back is capital to get your business off the ground and running, here are 3 ways you can come up with money to start the business of your dreams:

Evaluate Your Home Equity

Entrepreneurs have been known to do some wild things to acquire the finances to be able to start up their businesses. As an entrepreneur yourself, you might be the one to contribute a story to the hall of craziness. What’s not so crazy, though, and a really great idea if you need money and you own a home is to evaluate your home equity and see if your house is currently worth more than you actually owe on it. If it is, you can apply for a home equity line of credit. There is a certain amount of grace when you go this route because if you missed a payment in the past, you’re not going to be stopped from being approved.

Acquire Investors

First of all, if you’re an entrepreneur and you haven’t watched the show Shark Tank, you need to get on that right now. The show allows for entrepreneurs like yourself to bring their business ideas to a panel of investors to try and secure funding as well as connections and insight on their business. It can get pretty intense, but the show gives you a good gauge for how this kind of stuff works. Before you look to acquire investors or go on the Shark Tank, you’re going to have to have a bit of success to show for yourself. You’ll also have to know your numbers well, so do your research and it could pay off huge for you.

Do It the Old-Fashioned Way

A good rags-to-riches story is proof of why America is great. It’s the land of opportunity, where capitalism is your vehicle to freedom and success beyond measure. If you don’t want to find an investor at this point in time and you’re not seeking to get a line of equity on your home, you could always seek to do things the old fashioned way and just put the pedal to the metal and ride.

Start with the little things, put away your money, invest it back into your company, and really keep a handle on your finances and you’ll find success. There isn’t one way to find money to start a business. That’s the beauty of American capitalism. You can do it your own way.

Andy McGowan
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