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11 Sources of Funding for Your Small Business

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When you’ve got a big new idea that you want to get off the ground or an existing operation that requires an influx of capital to keep charging ahead, you want money fast. And that puts you at risk of paying unnecessarily high interest rates for the first lending option you encounter or wasting time with unnecessarily slow approval processes that may even end in rejection. Thankfully, there are myriad financing options for small businesses if you know where to look.

We’ve put together a list of sources of capital for small businesses, ranging from conventional bank loans to newer options such as online lenders and crowdfunding portals. Your funding needs will depend on whether you’re launching a new venture or expanding an existing one. Each funding option has its particular pros and cons, which you should weigh carefully to get the best choice for your needs.

Here are 11 sources of funding available to small businesses at different stages of growth. We’ve arranged them in order of ease of qualifying.

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