Bootstrapping is a terminology that describes financing an organization from its own fund for its sustenance and growth. It enables entrepreneurs to keep their business under control, minimize debt and assess ways to grow the business. It exposes an entrepreneur to more realistic facts that should be addresses for an organization’s sustenance and growth.
There are smarter ways of assistance when an entrepreneur is bootstrapping . In New York City, the U.S. Small Business Administration provides assistance (www.sba.gov). This is also known as New York City’s Department of Small Business Services. On a national perspective, SBA is partnered with organizations like SCORE—Counselors to America’s Small Business, Small Business Development Centers and Women’s Business Centers.
The need of bootstrapping arises when an organization has finalized upon its goals and plans to achieve them having analyzed its strengths and weaknesses. There are major questions that need to be answered. Questions like how much of personal finance needs to be invested, what returns can be expected, the time required and the clients that an entrepreneur is expecting.
Bootstrapping allows entrepreneurs to take the right decisions at the right time. It paves the way for building and growing an organization at a comfortable pace. It makes easier for entrepreneurs to take decisions about introducing new resources and assets and to build upon a product line. Another benefit of bootstrapping is that a track record can be maintained. Thus whenever a third party, say a bank, is involved in financing, the investors can foresee a business intellect in an entrepreneur that is much required for the growth and success of a business. SBA helps finance small businesses thorough its loan guarantee schemes 7(a) and 504. The 7(a) program is more general and meant for meeting any need of small businesses. The 504 has a more specific domain and is used for purchasing real estate or equipment. Bootstrapping is widely practiced for starting a business and then continued upon as it is the best way to keep growing a business while maintaining one’s independence.
This article was submitted by Rohit Arora, co-founder of Biz2Credit. Biz2Credit is a small business marketplace that connects entrepreneurs with financing options and advice to grow their business. Send all questions to