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High-Overhead Businesses: What Are Your Funding Options?

 

In recent years, there’s been a lot of attention focused on businesses with low startup costs, and that makes perfect sense. After all, in the age of the internet, there are a lot of professional opportunities that require a minimal initial investment. Still, for those with other skills, these online jobs may not be suitable or desirable. Unfortunately, if you want a small business with significant overhead costs, then you need to find ways to address those expenses.

 

Know Your Overhead

Overhead costs include a wide variety of expenses, some of which are seemingly quite different. Among them are basic costs like rent and utilities, taxes, advertising, and salaries for any staff. Renting a small office or working from home as a consultant, however, is obviously much less expensive than opening a construction business, working in food service, or really operating any type of business that requires a lot of equipment. That’s why, before launching into any new venture, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the industry and with your particular operational costs. These should all be set out in your business plan.

 

Equipment Costs And Challenges

Since equipment costs represent one of the major barriers to entry for small businesses, you’ll want to start by exploring alternatives and options. Typically, when it comes to large construction equipment or other big tools, you’ll have the option to buy or lease your equipment, as well as to buy used equipment. Leasing is often more expensive over the long-term, so it’s important to read the agreements carefully and run the numbers. If you can buy out of the lease early, though, that might make it a more financially sound decision.

 

Seek Targeted Funding

Despite the fact that it’s typically more expensive to break into industrial fields and other equipment-heavy industries, they do have a few funding advantages that many of the low-cost businesses don’t. Because of demand for more businesses in these niche industries, many startups can often access targeted funding sources. For example, if your business will provide specialized services like cone penetration testing, you may be able to qualify for industry specific loans or partnerships that more generic businesses wouldn’t be able to access.

 

Look For Partnerships

Just as you can expect to have access to niche funding sources if you’re working in a high-overhead, technical industry, you may also find that you can cut expenses by seeking out connections, or at least give yourself a funding boost. Rental repair businesses, like those that work on mobile homes and apartments, may find it useful to build relationships with landlords to ensure that they have a steady stream of service requests. Early contracts may be discounted or otherwise incentivized, ensuring that you have the funds you need to get started. 


As you seek funding options for your business, the most important thing you can do is to be open to any and all opportunities. While SBA loans are common knowledge and even construction loans are fairly accessible, don’t be afraid to dig deeper. Look into building reuse grants, regional funding opportunities, and industry associations that can help you get your operation off the ground. You need to be savvy about what opportunities you take advantage of, but you should seriously consider all the possibilities.

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