See also our list of resources for financial relief due to the COVID-19 pandemic on the introduction page of this guide.
There are a number of options for getting money to start a small business, such as self-investment (using or borrowing against your own assets), borrowing from family and friends, peer-to-peer lending, crowdfunding, venture capital, and angel investors. There are two types of financing: equity financing, where you receive funds in exchange for partial ownership in the company; and debt financing, where you receive funds that must be repaid. Grants and awards, in which you receive money that does not need to be repaid, may also be available.
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