7 Ways to Fund Your Small Business Without Using a Bank

When starting a small business, one of the most important factors to success is financing. While it may be possible for you to fund your small business on your own, most entrepreneurs must seek out other financial backers, such as local banks that offer small business loans. Many startups and small businesses unfortunately do not qualify for these traditional loans, and must seek out alternatives to banks that may be more practical or realistic for their situation. Thankfully, there are many nontraditional financing options available these days for startups and small businesses to consider.

Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs)

CDFIs are nonprofit financial institutions that often offer financing to small business owners at very reasonable rates. CDFIs tend to be more forgiving when it comes to evaluating lendees’ credit scores, taking previous hardships, such as job losses, into consideration. They also require less collateral than a traditional bank, making them a more viable option for many entrepreneurs that are denied traditional bank loans.


Venture Capitalists

Venture capitalists, or VCs, are outside groups that provide financing in exchange for part ownership of the company they are investing in. The capital-ownership transaction is based on the valuation, or estimated worth, of the company. Venture capitalists offer a way to secure financing when the business owner(s) do not possess much physical collateral, and can also offer mentorship and guidance to the business.


Partner Financing

Partner financing, as the name implies, involves partnering with another, often larger business in your industry. In exchange for providing capital, the partner business will have access to some element of the lendees’ business, such as products, staff, or distribution rights. Partner financing can be a great option for a growing small business as the company you partner with is likely to have industry connections that you can tap into.


Angel Investors

An angel investor, also known as a private or seed investor, provides financial backing of a business, often in exchange for some ownership stake in the company. Unlike venture capitalists, angel investors may invest in a startup or early-stage business before it shows any demonstrable growth. Angel investors are typically friends or family members of the entrepreneur seeking funding, and can provide guidance and mentorship in the same way that VCs do.


Peer-to-Peer or Marketplace Lending

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending is a way to secure funding online, through sites such as Lending Club and Prosper. These sites provide a means for entrepreneurs to find people willing to lend capital, and vice versa, so that small businesses have an alternative to traditional financing options. P2P lending is only available for investors in certain states, so it’s important to keep this in mind when researching this as an option for your business.



Online crowdfunding platforms, such as Kickstarter or Indiegogo, are a great way to get small investments from a large group of funders, often in exchange for some small perk or token of thanks. Through crowdfunding, entrepreneurs can raise the required capital to get through the development phase of their business, after which they may be ready to reach out to other types of investors.



Some startups may be eligible for government grants as a source of funding. For example, the U.S. Small Business Administration provides grants to certain businesses focused on science and research. Grant terms are quite specific and goal-oriented, and must be met fully for funding to be given.


The Fivenson Studios Advantage

In today’s digital age, a compelling online presence can significantly boost your credibility and appeal to potential financiers. Whether you’re launching a crowdfunding campaign or pitching to angel investors, showcasing a professional website and a solid digital marketing strategy can set you apart. At Fivenson Studios, we specialize in creating digital experiences that not only captivate but convert. From website design to SEO and digital advertising, we have the tools and expertise to elevate your business.


Let’s Navigate Your Financing Journey Together

Navigating the plethora of financing options can be daunting, but you don’t have to do it alone. Fivenson Studios is more than just a digital creative agency; we’re your partner in achieving business success. If you’re ready to take your small business to the next level but need financial backing to get there, explore these alternatives to traditional bank loans. And when you’re ready to boost your online presence or kickstart a new marketing campaign, we’re here to help your business shine. Connect with us today at fivensonstudios.com, call (734) 224-9696, or email [email protected]. Together, we can make your business the next Michigan success story.



Fivenson Studios: Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, our award-winning team specializes in logoweb page design, and SEO as well as marketing campaigns for social and print media. From flyers and brochures to targeted landing pages, we aim to bring your company into the spotlight and reach a greater range of potential customers. Your advertising message needs to be expressed in a way that captures the imagination and attention of your customers. That’s where we come in. We’re not just a team of designers; we’re strategists, thinkers, and makers, with a passion for solving problems by understanding people. We create experiences that people love by recognizing customers’ needs and desires, as well as the trends and technology that affect them. For over 10 years, we’ve been honing our practice, making sure that every strategic graphic design solution we provide to our clients advances their business and drives their brand awareness.

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