Finding Capital

As part of your business planning process, you should have determined your financial needs to start your business. Here are some things to think about, and resources help you make the best choices to meet your needs. At the end of this guide, you will find free Fairfax CORE business counselors and other experts who can help you, and information to find upcoming learning opportunities.

Confirm your financial readiness

Gather your financial documents and be ready to share your financial picture with trained counselors who can confirm your financial readiness.

Some information that you should have available:

  • Credit score and your financial obligations
  • Business plan
  • Tax returns
  • Financial statements
  • Market research and competitive analysis

Analyze your needs and your anticipated revenue

  • What expenses will you have to establish your business? Consider materials, leases, marketing, employees, permits and licenses, construction, insurance, shipping/storage
  • How much capital will you need to start your business? Be ready to explain your estimated need.
  • What are the costs associated with meeting the regulatory requirements for your business?
  • What are your tax obligations?
  • What funding do you have available?
  • What are your operating expenses?
  • How much can you charge for your product or service?
  • How much time will it take to establish and grow your business and when can you expect to start generating revenue?
  • What is the lag time between a contract with your client and service delivery?
  • What are you willing to offer to raise capital?
  • How much money will you need in order to cover the obligations of the business (rent, utilities, administrative costs, materials/inventory, insurance)?
  • How much money will you need to cover your living expenses and costs?
  • How much money can you reasonably expect to earn during this time?
  • Do you have a clear and viable business plan (one that addresses capital needs, operational overview, market analysis and strategy, as well as addressing the limitations)?

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Understand Funding Models

Before you seek funding, learn about the various ways to fund a business. Consider your circumstances. Are you able to take on debt? Are you willing to offer a stake in your company? Do you want a partner? Meet with a trained business counselor to help you make the best choice for your situation.


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