As an exporter you may need money to:
- pay for resources to fulfil an order
- fill the gap between delivering a good or service and being paid for it
- insure against the risk of non-payment
- tender for a large project
- market your product or service
- visit overseas markets
There are many financial products available to raise money to export. The right financial product will depend on what it’s for and the size and stage of your business. You can either borrow money or get someone to invest in your business.
Options for borrowing include:
- export finance
- bank loans
- alternative finance platforms
- peer to peer finance
- asset-based lending
A person or company may invest in your business for a share of the profits. This is called equity finance and can include:
- venture capital
- a business angel
- an initial public offering (IPO)
Borrowing versus equity
Equity investment is usually sought by businesses that want to grow quickly. The investor will:
- want a share of the business
- want some control or input into the business
- often bring useful knowledge, contacts and expertise
Equity could be a good option if you don’t have the credit history to borrow through other means.
If you borrow money you keep full control of the business as long as you make the loan repayments. You should factor debt repayments into your finance strategy.
Discuss any concerns with your bank.