Many new businesses have problems raising finance to get their ideas off the ground.
There are many traditional sources of finance such as your bank or a business angel. However, these options are not always suitable, particularly if you have never traded before and may not have a credit history.
Not being able to raise finance doesn't mean you have to forget all about starting your own business. There are a number of financing options available when starting up or running a business.
There are also alternative ways of getting started such as 'bootstrapping'. Bootstrapping means that you promote and develop your own business without relying on outside help.
This guide highlights alternative sources of financing for your business and guidance on how to bootstrap successfully.