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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Financing Your Company Without Giving Up Equity

Many business owners think that the most effective way to finance their companies is to secure venture (or Angel) financing. Venture capital has a number of advantages, however, there are two major disadvantages that should be considered. The first one is that venture capital is very hard to obtain. The second disadvantage, which is the focus of this article, is that venture capital requires that you give up an equity stake (ownership) and some control to the venture company. Many times, the ownership stakes that VC's require can be substantial, leaving the founders in a minority ownership/control position.

There is an alternative to venture capital that is often overlooked. It's a form of business financing that provides you with the capital you need to cover operating expenses and grow your company. It's easier to obtain than a business loan or conventional venture capital funding. The catch is that it only works for certain types of companies.

Does your company sell its products to other companies or to government entities? If you do, then you are familiar with the fact that most companies pay their invoices in 30 to 60 days. However, while waiting for payment, you still need to pay suppliers and employees. Few startups or growing companies have the necessary reserves to cover expenses while they wait to get paid. This restricts their ability to grow and capitalize opportunities. This is where factoring your accounts receivable can help you dramatically.

Invoice factoring, as it is commonly referred to, provides you with an immediate advance on your invoices. Factoring eliminates the need to wait for payment and provides you with the liquidity to pay suppliers and employees. It gives you a solid financial footing that enables you to take on new business opportunities.

One of the biggest advantages of factoring receivables is that it's fairly easy to obtain. To qualify for it, your company must do business with credit worthy clients, such as large companies or government agencies. This is the most important requirement because your invoices to those clients are used as collateral.

A substantial benefit of receivable factoring is that you will never have to give the factoring company any equity or ownership in your business. Once you meet your business objectives - you can finish your relationship with the factoring company with no further obligation.

The cost of factoring varies based on a number of parameters, such as the amount of financing you need, the credit quality of your clients and the stability of your company. As a rule, monthly rates go from 1.5% to 3% based on these criteria.

If your company sells products and wait up to 90 days to get paid, you should consider factoring as an alternative to finance your company.

About Commercial Capital LLC

Marco Terry is the Managing Director of Commercial Capital LLC, a leading accounts receivable financing company.

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