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9 Different Ways to Get Business Financing for Your Blog or Business

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With more business owners, bloggers, and entrepreneurs either launching new businesses or startup of their own, or focusing on branding, it’s important to ask yourself if you are taking advantage of the financial upswing? The majority of site owners and bloggers start out with nothing, however, initial startup costs and financial investments are always going to be something to consider.

As unemployment rates flirt with record lows, consumer confidence continues to skyrocket. That has boosted the average annual expenditure consumers put towards goods and services.

The important question here is… What does that mean for you?

It means that if you can launch your business in today’s marketplace, your opportunity to recoup your investments and turn staggering profits are astronomical.

The only issue is that finding funding to launch your business can be a challenge.

With new businesses comes the need to fund office spaces, equipment, employee salaries, and more while you work to get a foothold in consumer’s consciousness.

The good news is that there are lots of ways you can secure business financing and in today’s digital age, it’s easier than ever.

Below you will find a list of nine solutions that can get your website, blog, startup or local business funded today.

1. Bank Loans

We’ll open up our list of funding solutions with what is perhaps the most conventional business financing option available to you: bank loans. Bank loans get acquired by setting an appointment with a loan officer at any major financial institution.

During that appointment, you’ll likely get asked to provide information regarding the business you’re looking to open up. You will also share what your plan is to turn a profit.

In the latest edition of the State of Online Banking, it was also highlighted that other factors like your current finances and credit will enter into the consideration of your prospective lender.

If your lender feels that your plan is sound and trusts that you’ll be able to pay back your loan, you will receive your funding at an interest rate agreed on by you and your lender.

Getting bank loans can be difficult given stringent criteria often set by lenders to mitigate their risk.

2. Online Loans

Online loans are similar in some aspects to getting a traditional bank loan.

When we say “online loans”, we’re referencing solely internet-based lenders. Typically, these loans come in at higher interest rates than what traditional lenders would offer.

The plus side to taking out this type of loan is:

  1. A) You can secure them quickly.
  2. B) You won’t have to answer many questions.

To secure an online loan for your business, you may need to do as little as just show you have income and a checking account. More thorough online lenders will also make it a point to run your credit.

If you go down the online loan path to secure your business’ funding, you’ll want to pay very close attention to interest rates and fees. Many online lenders border on predatory and falling into debt with one of them could spell ruin for your company.

3. Borrow Against Your Stock Portfolio

If you have extensive investments in the stock market but little in the way of cash to fund your business, there are companies out there that will allow you to use your stocks as collateral and borrow business financing against their value.

These types of loans solutions are excellent. This is because they provide another lever prospective business owners can pull to get their products to market.

There are regulations and details you’ll want to brief yourself on prior to exercising this option. Not all market investments will be eligible to borrow against. Which ones are eligible will be determined, in part, by each individual lender.

Be sure to do your research before transferring your portfolio to an online lender. Ensure that you’re not entering into a predatory arrangement that could result in the loss of your investments.

4. Credit Cards

Another go-to means of securing business financing are credit cards.

Many people have experience using traditional consumer credit cards. Business credit cards can be different in what they look for in applicants and what they offer to users.

For starters, in order to secure a business credit card, you may be required to provide an EIN number on your application. This number can get acquired for free by registering for one through the IRS.

For sole-proprietor businesses, some card applications will accept your social security number in lieu of an EIN.

If your application gets approved, your business credit cards will typically come with a much higher limit than you’d get through a standard card. It may also offer you perks that award cash back on things like internet service, transportation, and more.

As with all credit products, stay mindful of your card’s interest rate. Be sure that you’re managing your payments in a way that will keep your company from falling into insurmountable debt.

5. Consider Leveraging Your 401K

If you’ve worked as an employee for another company, you probably have a nest egg built up for your retirement. In most instances, borrowing against that nest egg would result in steep penalties.

However, investing your 401K in business financing, if managed by a tax professional who is experienced in setting up C corporations, can be accomplished without incurring fees.

The same is true if you to borrow against your IRA or ROTH IRA.

Remember, there are risks involved when funding your business with your retirement accounts. If your business fails, not only will you lose your job but your retirement gets lost too.

6. Crowdfunding

While not for everyone, crowdfunding is a low-risk means of getting a business idea off the ground.

Crowdfunding is the process of pitching average people on your business idea. This is typically done by showcasing a “media kit” online which gets made up of videos that describe your idea, information on how your idea can revolutionize a market, and more.

If enough people get compelled by your vision, they can pledge micro investments ($5.00 and up) to help you meet your funding goal.

In exchange for their investments, pledges get prizes depending on how much they invest. Prizes get described in an incentives document your organization will create.

The difficult aspect of crowdsourcing is that very few ideas get funded successfully. You’ll need to invest in a showy pitch/media kit to come anywhere close to your funding goal.

The good news is that if your idea does get funded, beyond giving investors their prizes as promised, you are not beholden to your investors. They are not entitled to royalties on your business’ future success.

Oculus is a notable project made possible through crowdfunding which was later sold to Facebook for 2 billion dollars.

7. Kiva

Kiva is a business financing provider that gives free funding to businesses that are usually based in 3rd world countries. Still, many businesses that are US-based can also get funded through the platform.

In order to get funded through Kiva, you’ll likely need to be part of a disadvantaged community as investors on the platform are interested in helping reshape economies by assisting underserviced populations open businesses.

Still, no matter what your background is, given that Kiva is 100% free, there’s no downside to putting your ask out on the platform.

Kiva offers a flexible payback structure on all business financing serviced through its platform and repercussions for not paying back loans are nominal. Despite that, given the incredible value Kiva provides to underserved entrepreneurs, the graciousness of borrowers has fueled a loan payback rate of 96.8%.

8. Family and Friends

If you’re lucky enough to have a great support network of family and friends, you may be able to secure business financing by pitching them on your idea.

For some, going into business with family members is a rewarding experience that can bring them closer together. For others, being in business with family and owing them money can lead to friction which can decimate relationships.

For that reason, we recommend you tread lightly when looking to engage family and friends for loans. Be sure that nobody is staking their livelihood on your success, and be honest in your intentions to pay people back.

9. Paypal, Kabbage and Online Lending Programs

As you can imagine, the internet has drastically changed the way financing and banking works in the world today.

To bring our nine point list of financial solutions to a close, we simply have to add some amazing opportunities that can be found through providers like Paypal and Kabbage. Both of these platforms allow for businesses to borrow money, almost instantly.

In both cases, all it takes is creating an account and filling in some company details.

For anyone using Paypal to collect and pay for business services online, Paypal Working Capital is perfect.

Kabbage is also great for Paypal users as well, as you can connect accounts and increase the credit line based off your income/revenue history.

Wrapping up 8 Different Ways to Get Business Financing

You have a killer business idea, and all that stands between you and your success is getting the funding you need to get it off the ground. To that end, we recommend leveraging any one of the business financing tips we’ve listed above.

Given their diversity of approaches, you’ll find the success you’re looking for leveraging at least one of them!

Want more of the most thought-provoking advice your business can leverage to find success? Do you want that information online right now?

If so, get the big picture when it comes to local and global economic questions. Start diving deeper the our content pool at Blogging Tips!

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Zac Johnson is a online marketer with 15 years of experience and also a blogger at ZacJohnson.com, as well as the founder of BloggingTips.com. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook

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How to Drive Blog Traffic through Facebook: 7 Tips

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I drive oodles of blog traffic through Facebook.

Easiest platform for building blogging success because Facebook makes it simple to build bonds 1 to 1.

As the crickets serenade me on this fine evening in Thailand, I feel at peace. Everything comes together more quickly blogging-wise and I see win after win.

Facebook played a role in my blogging success. Seems to be the best platform for making friends and sharing value.

How to Drive Blog Traffic through Facebook

Facebook blog traffic converts. People addicted to FB follow my updates and Like freely, expanding my blogging reach far and wide.

I see it as a simple channel for helping folks and making friends.

1: See Yourself Successfully Driving Traffic through Facebook

As within, so without.

Speed up your Facebook success. Paint a mental picture of your blogging success on FB.

Clearly see your latest post registering 100 Likes. Read the 40 comments in your mind’s eye. Have it, by seeing it and feeling it to be real. Having a vision moves you into relaxed, calm, confident blogging actions accelerating your success.

Everything flows according to your focus. Visualize success. Success follows.

2: Share Blog Posts Aligned with Your Reader Dreams

I noticed a quick surge on Facebook recently.

Not only do my success-themed posts vibe with my readers, my selfies in the world’s most stunning tropical spots inspire readers to follow my blog diligently, to buy my stuff, to hire me, to endorse me and to become rabid fans.

how to drive blog traffic through facebook

I share how I spend months in places like Fiji, Bali and Thailand and back it up with a picture. Facebook folks love images. Eye candy.

My readers dream of seeing the world. I supply the dream through my example. Engagement jumps and my Facebook blog traffic increases.

3: Keep Updates Positive

I only post positive, uplifting content to Facebook. Doing so aligns me with positive people, positive circumstances and greater success because where your attention and energy goes, grows.

Inspire people to live their dreams. Be warm. Share your inspired blog posts. Follow up with positive images and stories. Motivate people with love and fun. Drive traffic by being a bright light in the world of Facebook.

4: Respond to Like’rs

I find this to be the easiest way to drive blog traffic through Facebook successfully.

I go to where I am loved by responding to folks who Like my blog post status updates. Addressing Like’rs by name builds bonds. Plus every comment response boosts engagement and increases your exposure in the main feed.

1 to 1 engagement gives your attention and energy to readers who see your success. Observe as your success expands in response to giving fans and friends your attention and energy.

Check in 2-3 times daily as Likes grow. Give your energy to fans to expand your fan base. Increase your blog traffic.

5: Respond to Comments

Respond to comments on status updates. Boost engagement. Increase your blog traffic.

Someone comments on one of my status updates linking to my blog. One engagement alerts Facebook; people are talking. I respond. Facebook gets alerted again. Plus I engage someone 1 to 1 to build a stronger friendship.

Responding to comments is easy on your phone. Type a few words or speak a few sentences via voice to text to boost your blog traffic through the concept of engagement.

Answer comments. Give your energy to users who enjoy your content. Increase the size of your tribe. Watch how more visitors find your blog through Facebook.

6: Post Inspirational Updates in Blogging Themed Groups

I share a few inspirational updates to blogging themed Groups daily on Facebook.

New folks find my blog through these updates daily.

Why?

People crave inspiration. If everybody zigs by sharing links and business opportunities, stunningly successful bloggers zag by sharing an inspirational update and a link of them living their dreams.

Folks have been going gaga over my New Zealand pictures recently. For good reason; this may be the most gorgeous country on earth. Picture the eye-popping Southern Alps, the semi-tropical North Island and rolling pastures filled with grazing sheep and cows.

This is from my 3 month trip to New Zealand.

Of course anybody who sees me in New Zealand sharing inspiration wants to follow my blog; more traffic for me.

Be inspiring. Share uplifting updates on blogging themed Groups.

Answer questions too for a nice blog traffic post.

7: Give Your Energy Only to Positive Facebook’ers

I only engage and follow positive folks sharing uplifting updates. As I align with success I notice success finds me easily on Facebook and through all channels online.

Where your attention and energy goes, grows. Giving your energy to positive, inspired people increases your blog traffic and profits. Positive folks are prospering folks. Inspired people freely buy your products and services. Plus these successful people endorse you and promote you for a nice blogging success surge.

Follow bright lights closely. My successful, wise readers Like my updates quickly, hungry for an inspirational boost. I noticed my latest blog post status update garnered 6 Likes in minutes. People want positive bloggers in their stream. Super successful bloggers keep it positive all the time on Facebook.

Be positive, focus on success and the sky is the limit for your Facebook blog traffic.

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Blogging Mindset: How to Go from Survival Mode to Servant to Stunning Success

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Tropical birds provide background music for me as I write these words from Thailand. How’s that sound for developing  successful blogging mindset?

The sun shines brilliantly. My home office feels cool and inviting.

A cold drink sits on the desk.

I am a stunning success now but did live in survival mode for a bit. I also became a humble servant. Servants do not get paid well. Ask a maid or butler.

The best blogging role you can play in this life time is that of a stunning success.

Success is your birthright. Success is yours now. Take it. Seize it. Give your energy to success. See your wins. Accelerate your blogging growth.

Blogging Mindset

Realize this: being successful is as simple as shifting your focus to positive ideas. After making that shift everything changes, from your thoughts, to feelings, to actions.

Example; you are reading this post. See this as being positive. Stunning success is yours because you are learning from a guy whose life reads like a movie. Big time win. Easy win too.

Check out this photo I snapped from my 4 month trip to Fiji.

blogging mindset

What 10 positive things happened blogging-wise today? You published a post. I see that as a positive. You broadcast live on Facebook. Make that a positive. You feel better about your blog, right? Good. You have success within and feel successful so you will see success in the physical world. Where your energy goes, grows.

How to Leave Survival Mode and Servant Mode Behind

Kill 2 birds with one stunning success stone: leave both poverty conscious states of mind behind by developing a vision of your dream life.

Easy peasy.

This step involves sitting in a quiet room and allowing a picture of your dream life to appear in your mind. Either narrate the picture to yourself or let the image pop up in your mind.

Add details to make it feel real. Visualize your success.

Relax and listen to intuitive nudges.

The split second you see your dream and feel it as being real, the dream expands into physical form, for where your attention and energy goes, grows. See success. Success expands. Quite simple.

Exit survival mode – just trying to get by and pay bills with your blog – and leave servant mode while you are at it. Success seekers become the best in the world in their blogging niche. Forget trying to just survive. Leave behind the self-image of being a humble servant, a less than slave, putting people on a pedestal or not seizing your success, your brilliance, your most spectacular dream.

Success is your birthright. Grab the spotlight. Make more money. Help more folks. Step up into stunning success as you move higher and higher in blogging circles.

Create and Connect

Create uplifting content to inspire your readers.

This is from one of my many trips to Bali.

From one of my many trips to Bali.

Connect with top pros in your blogging niche by helping them.

Following these practical tips becomes easier and easier after you give your sole attention to:

  • your dreams
  • your success
  • positive thoughts and feelings

Focus on success. Watch how quickly success expands in your experience.

Creating and connecting is the work part of blogging but if you focus on positive ideas the work becomes easy because it is simple. Listen to your readers. How can you help them? Serve up valuable content through your blog posts.

Connecting with top pros is as simple as reading their posts, commenting genuinely on their blogs and promoting them. Easy.

World Famous Features

I landed features on Fox News among other world famous sites by building a vision of a fun, freeing life.

Do the same to see stunning success.

Features on famous blogs follow positive focused bloggers who know they are succeeding now. Focus on the moment. Feel good about every blogging win you see today. Feel good about your success. Success is as certain as the night following the day because you were born into a legacy of success. Let go any mental image of being a struggling servant or someone desperately trying to survive.

Step into your most spectacular dreams now.

Spectacular is ordinary in my life because I see spectacular as normal. Who knows if I am going to Bali or Malaysia next? Maybe I will just fly back to New York City. We will see.

I visualized this dream life and followed my intuition. My intuition nudged me to take certain actions from a chill, relaxed energy.

Energy Game

Energy is everything guys. Your life follows your energy. Focus on your dreams but do so from a relaxed, peaceful, chill vibe. See your vision as if it is real, already. Know you are succeeding now.

If you have this picture in mind you can relax. No need to work hard, to panic or to hurry. No need to rush or force things. Survival mode bloggers panic and hurry because these folks have no vision or dreams; survival mode bloggers just want to survive, being desperately driven by circumstances.

This is from one of my many trips to Thailand.

You know better.

You follow Blogging From Paradise.

Slow Down and Calm Down Because Success Is Already Yours

Your vision tells you to slow down, to calm down and to allow stunning success to flow your way in calm, confident fashion.

I spent most of today offline. After watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones – second time – with expat buddies here in Chiang Mai I am settling in to finish this post. My mental image makes it happen. My focus on success allows my blogging success to expand.

You get to have a life offline – and a rich one at that – as your online success expands. Seize this chief benefit of developing a winning blogging mindset. Exit survival mode and cease being a lowly servant by using your mind power to picture immense blogging success. Move into calm, confident, relaxed action to allow this success to come into form.

 

 

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Blogging Inspiration: Count All of Your Blogging Wins

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You are succeeding now.

Count all of your blogging wins.

Did you drive your 100,000th visitor to your blog this month? See this win.

Did you drive 5 people to your blog today? See this win.

Everything is a blogging win because you are always winning. Every win builds a step nudging you higher in your blogging niche.

Blogging Inspiration

Today I experienced a handful of blogging wins:

  • I wrote and published this post on how to live your dreams
  • I re-shared my Entrepreneur feature; solid win
  • I am writing this guest post
  • I had great engagement on my Facebook Live Broadcast this morning

Plus I experienced the ultimate win; I experienced this blogging success from a quiet village in Thailand. You cannot beat that.

Focus on Wins to See More Wins

I see more wins because I focus on my wins all day long.

Where your attention and energy goes, grows. Give your attention to your wins and you keep winning daily.

See the positive in all you do online and offline. Be a success spotter. Use your mind power to project more blogging wins in your experience every single day.

Quick blogging growth unfolds for win-seeking bloggers. Established, pro bloggers list wins regularly to expand their success and to inspire their readers.

Again; where your attention and energy goes, grows.

Examples of Blogging Wins

Here are a few:

  • wrote and published a blog post
  • received one blog comment today
  • saw 40,000 people visit your blog this month
  • spotted your DA over 30

Every single statistic is a win if you see it as a win. Imagine building something special on every metric you see. See your success. Observe how you are sprinting toward your dreams and how your dreams sprint toward you. Feel good about your perpetual growth. Accelerate your blogging success.

Your Wins Inspire You and Your Readers

Speaking of your wins has a dual effect; you and your readers feel awesome about your blogging success.

I feel great speaking of my achievements. Makes me feel good about my blogging gig. My readers also appreciate seeing my wins because inspiration flows from my success. If I can succeed my readers can and will succeed too.

Plus you see that you are winning right now. You are successful now. Every blogger succeeds now because we all have wins to call upon to keep our success momentum building into something inspired.

 Wins Come in All Shapes and Sizes

Getting 10 people to visit your blog today is a win.

Seeing $30,000 in monthly blogging profits is a win.

Buying your domain and hosting is a win. Receiving 1 more opt in is a win.

Everything is a win if you focus your mind on success. See your dreams in detail. Observe how your success nudges you toward your dreams step by step.

Check out this camel from my 2 month trip to Oman.

I am living my dreams as an island hopping pro blogger but also see my dreams expand daily into something even more spectacular. Connecting with powerful, successful folks nudges me to dream a bigger life and more inspiring experience.

I count every eBook sale as a win. Every comment on my live broadcasts is a win. Everything is a win for every blogger.

As my wins pile up my success expands. I tune into positive vibes and align with positive, inspired folks who expand my vision. Why? My focus on wins aligns me with world renowned winners.

Your Success Is Within

Everything you dream through your blog is within. Success is in consciousness.

Following proven practical tips yields zero results if you think like a failure because how you think determines your results. As within, so without, because where your attention and energy goes, grows.

Speed up your blogging success by focusing on your wins in a calm, clear, knowing, peaceful vibe.

Working hard and struggling makes zero sense because you cancel out your effort with a focus on failure and struggle.

Make things easier and easier. See your success within. Shift your focus solely to being successful. Successful ideas flow to you. Act on these ideas from a relaxed, chill vibe and see yourself succeeding. Focus on your wins. See your wins expand as you work less, play more and know success is yours.

Go Beyond Gratitude

Versus counting your blessings just program your mind to see win after win. Observe success after success to go beyond gratitude.

Being grateful accelerates your blogging success but seeing wins every day hyper accelerates the success you experience because win-spotting carries a different, higher powered energy than simply being grateful. Different ball game.

Of course I am grateful for my 3 month trip to New Zealand.

Going beyond gratitude and seeing the trip as an offline win expands my success consciousness.

Seeing myself working aka playing aka blogging in a sleepy village in Northern Thailand at 8:30 PM on a Sunday night feels like winning to me. I worked for just a few hours today. I spent hours offline and also had prime Netflix viewing today, watching an entire movie. I took a short nap and plan to hit the sack early. More winning.

I feel more successful daily and experience greater and greater success with minimal effort. What a neat side effect of counting your blogging wins daily.

Go head. List 30 of your recent blogging wins. Everything counts.

See how quickly you accelerate your blogging success.

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