Common Cents When Financing Your Small Business

“The Best Advice is always free”

Starting a small business requires bucket loads of wisdom. Financial wisdom offered through various media is not always inherently beneficial to the reader and their business.

The foundations for financial excellence are elementary and logical; here is a new perspective on financial insight to starting your small business. Making use of purely scenario planning this illustrated scenario would be a recommendation for all businesses that you intend financing.

The average cost of setting up a franchise and small business in U.S.A. is currently in the $300,000.00 to $ 474 000.00 marks, a sizeable sum taking into consideration the prevailing economic climate and business confidence levels.

Loans or Finance

In order to stimulate the economy, banks are eager to finance new business as this has a long-term stimulus on the economy and contributes to job and wealth creation.

Most individuals do not have the entire capital amount available to finance their new venture and financing becomes the preferred and logical route to market.
Taking into consideration the average price of a new franchise $474 000.00, the average cash portion of financing that particular business would be $ 153 000.00 which includes the initial, cash joining or franchise fee.

This would equate to a financing portion of $321 000.00 or 68% of the initial set-up cost of the business.

From a personal and statistical point of view, the gearing or debt ratio is too high and the minimum recommended debt ratio should never exceed 50%.

Why is gearing so important?

It is nerve-wracking and soul-destroying to build a business for you only to allocate the major share of your income and profits to servicing a loan and the commensurate interest payments. The strain on the cash flow and reserve funds is too great, and the business rapidly becomes a financial risk to the entrepreneur and the banks concerned.

“The Free Advice”

Total Cost

  1. When using the above figures as our reference and benchmark, if the inclusive cost of the business is $474 000.00.
  2. It would be prudent to assume that if shares were offered at $1.00 per share then the business would have 474 000 shares on offer.

Share Distribution

  1. Taking my advice of a 50% gearing or financing ratio, the business when financed by the entrepreneur would allocate to the entrepreneur, 50%(237 000 shares) of the shares currently on offer (The portion he/she has paid cash for)
  2. The remaining 50% of shares on offer would be the right and technical ownership of the banks or financing institution.

The Thinking Motivating This Strategy

  1. As the entrepreneur pays off the loan, their ownership or share-holding increases exponentially.
  2. Goals are easy to set, time and financing permitting the entrepreneur sees his/her goal of 100% ownership as achievable and desirable.
  3. When the bank is essentially a partner in your business the relationship changes, the entrepreneur can take the banks perspective into consideration as they are a valuable share-holder, the logic of having a “you” and “me” approach becomes a “we” approach to the business.
  4. Any extra funds available will inherently go toward servicing the loan on the business.

The Ultimate Lesson

That our thinking and approach has changed, it is a recommendation that one ignore financing by financial institutions and approach friends, acquaintances, and family to finance your business using this share-holding approach. The entrepreneur develops a fiscal policy that is easy to equate and calculate, profit distribution is just as equitable, and the entrepreneur has a clearer indication of the status of the business free of financing and interest costs and charges.

Put Your Business on the Web

You are about to put your business growth on auto pilot. Are you ready?!

First, you need the right mindset

No doubt the internet promises massive opportunities for small business startups. It has changed the rules of business; the way business is generally run. It keeps churning overnight successes of mind-blowing proportions. How can a small business owner tap into these opportunities?

It is just incredible- the jaw-dropping incomes that many young Nigerians are claiming to make, per day, per week, per month- simply by using the World Wide Web. And they claim to be making this money while working from home; while putting their business in autopilot!

Naturally, we are all intrigued. We want more information. Can these figures really be achieved?

In the last few years in particular, there has been a web explosion of eye-popping headlines of earning potential, simply by working from home with your own website. And what’s even more incredible is that- YES! – It would appear that anyone can do this.

Come on? Anyone? Really?

Ready for the truth?

JUST ABOUT ANYONE CAN RUN A PROFITABLE BUSINESS ONLINE IF YOU CAN INVEST TIME TO LEARN WHAT IT TAKES.

A Personal Note

Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to be writing about online business and website creation.

After a long time, I finally wanted to set up a strong online business presence, selling products online; having been in the offline business for some time. So I researched the subject matter tremendously, and understood the concept and discovered that a great income could indeed be made.

But there was one major truth I uncovered…

VITAL TO MY SUCCESS IN ONLINE BUSINESS A IS WEBSITE!

Let me rephrase that so you can understand better…

YOUR WEBSITE IS INTEGRAL TO THE SUCCESS OF YOUR BUSINESS ON THE WEB!

YOUR website, not somebody else’s. So if you don’t spend at least a little time getting to learn the basics, you will constantly be nervous as you build your business, as there will be a huge part of your business that you ‘ don’t really understand’. Clearly you cannot operate like this.

What happens when something goes wrong, or you want to make a very simple change to your site? Will you call up your technical person or web designer every time. So you see- your website is the life-blood of your online business. Get used to it. If you are really serious about making money from home, you need to get over your web fear.

Check out the top internet marketers and small business entrepreneurs in Nigeria- Dr Sunny Ojeagbazu, Ronald Nzimora, Samson Olatunde, Simon Uzoma and myself. One thing is common among them- they can design money spinning websites BY THEMSELVES!

They only outsource this part of their business to professional web designers because they want to devote their time creating products and building their businesses!

This article is indeed a beginner’s guide to web design, the kind I wished I found when I set out in my quest to my own online wealth.

It is a product of countless hours of personal education, one-to-one lessons and several courses I’ve attended to learn this very important skill.

I will literally take you by the hand in the following series of articles through the step-by-step process to creating your first website and publish it!

Meanwhile for an in-depth understanding on how to set up and run a highly profitable online business, visit my website.