10 Ways to Raise Funds to Start Business in Nigeria

Doing business in Nigeria is not an easy one. When it comes to starting a business in Nigeria; whether small scale, medium or large scale enterprise one of the hardest parts is raising of money to finance the business. This is a threat and a great challenge to many entrepreneurs and has often resulted to the fall of supposed multimillionaire business which many who had such business idea have dreamed and thought that it will come to pass. Can one now say that there no ways of raising funds for a business in Nigeria? The answer is NO.

How to Raise money for a Business in NigeriaThere are so many great ways of raising capital for business in Nigeria. Below are top 13 valuable means of raising fund for a business in Nigeria; you can tap into any of these means of raising funds to get your business started.

Before I proceed further to show you ways to raise money for you business in Nigeria, let’s look at why people find it difficult to raise funds for their business.

Some key points that you must get right if you are serious about raising money for your business are:

  • Your business Idea – can your business idea(s) sell? You business idea(s) must be such that it can attract investors. So, get a good business idea or select from this list of business ideas before embarking on fund raising .
  • Vision and mission of your business-what is business vision and objectives? Your dream business must have a concrete core values and goals.
  • Your Business Plan and Design-do you have a good written business plan? Is it a winning type? Business plan is vital element of every successful business. It serves a blueprint which you must refer to at all time. If you don’t know how to write a good business plan, see now how to write a winning business plan.
  • Integrity and Reputation-you have earned yourself reputation and integrity? If you don’t have reputation and integrity; I bet you, your family members will not even listen to you when present your business plan to them talk more of your friends.

You’ve gotten the above point right? Here are my top and best 13 ways to raise funds for business in Nigeria, tap into one, two or more to finance your business.

13 Ways to Raise Funds/Capital for Business in Nigeria

  1. Personal saving –

This is the best source of capital for a new business. Personal saving is one of the easiest ways of raising funds for business especially for small and medium scale business enterprise. When you have a business idea and there is no capital for startup, cutting down you expenses to save for the business is a good strategy of raising at least the initial capital. Most people wait to start saving when they have some extra money lying around-a comfortable surplus. But it doesn’t work like that. You start to save for your business at least 2 years of time you propose that the business will start up. But, it is not necessary that you have to wait till 2 year before you begin the business. Timing and the amount of money you were able to save within a given month matters a lot. You can apply 50/50 law in your personal saving. Here, you never spend more than you save. You put 50% of every income you earn into savings. If you increase your saving by N40000, you know that you’ve earn the right to raise your lifestyle by that same amount (N40000). By so doing, you will be able to raise capital for your business within the shortest possible time.

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  1. Relatives and families –

You relatives and family members are second best source of capital for new business. Apart from your personal saving, another way of raising a substantial fund for your business is through family and relatives whom you have earn their trust. It may difficult for you to get money from your family and relative if they don’t believe in you. Of course, you have to trust yourself first, if you want people to trust you. You must have to earn high reputation from family and relatives; and you have to present your business idea as one that is achievable for you get money from them.                                                                            

  1. Friends and well-wishers –

Outside your family members, the nearest persons that can help you raise startup capital for your business are your friends and well-wishers. Again, they need to trust and believe in your ability before you get money out from them. Present your business idea and a well design business plan no matter how small the business will be; they will likely be willing to support you financially. Begin from your closest friends; you can promise to give them something in return as the business turns up.

4. Grants from a philanthropic organization –

Another source of fund for starting up business are grants. Grants are non-repayable money or products disbursed by grant makers, often a government department, organization or trust, to a recipient, often (but not always) a nonprofit entity, educational institution, business or an individual. For you to receive a grant some form of “Grant Writing” often referred to as either a proposal or an application may be required. The type of grants that I’m suggesting that look for are grants from non- profit organization or philanthropic organization. You can easily outsource for such type of funds to get your business started but remember, most organization that gives out grants look for fresh thinking and innovative people and organizations. They also set benchmarks to measure your success and monitor business progress.

  1. Business Angel and Angel Investors

Angel Investor is a wealthy individual who provides capital for a business start-up, usually in exchange for convertible debt or ownership shares. Business Angel can be anybody who is willing to invest on your business. All you need is to prepare a good business plan and present it him or her. He should be able to see why he should invest in your business There are such people in your locality, it can be your Uncle in Abuja, director or even your brother; look for them to help you raise fund for your business in exchange for ownership equity.

  1. Co-operatives

By joining cooperative and saving small amount every day can help you raise money for your business. Once you join any co-operative society, you are eligible to borrow money from your cooperative and you are eligible to receive funds on you turn. Once, you receive your own turn of funds which can substantial enough to startup business, use it to start up the business. however, you must plan a way to pay at the due time.

7. Partnership

partnership works very well when you meet someone that has similar business idea and core values with you. Two of you will pool funds together to start up the business together. Partnership is not necessary two people business. In partnership, Profits are shared according to individual contribution or shares of the business. So, there is equity and justice. Most multi-national and multi-international companies start from partnership. Partnership business has many great advantages over sole proprietorship business.

8. Sponsorship

Getting interested individual, organizations or companies sponsor your business project; may be in exchange to promote the organization or individual is another means of getting you business started. No organization, company or individual that will agree to sponsor project without seeing how she will benefit from the project. So, before you begin approaching any organization or individual for sponsorship you must have made sure that you have included the interest of the organization or individual sponsor.

  1. Bank of Industry

Bank of industry provide Small, medium and large enterprises, excluding cottage industries with funds for starting their business; new or existing companies, seeking expansion, modernization or diversification; credit worthy promoters who will be required to prove their commitment to the project by contributing at least 25% of the project cost excluding land, borrowers whose management capability, financial situation (including availability of collateral and guarantee), character and reputation are incontrovertible; clients with demonstrable ability to meet loan repayments, borrowers with no record of unpaid loans to erstwhile development finance institutions and other banks. You can obtain access to Bank of Industry facilities in 3 easy steps;
Step 1: Write a formal application letter
Step 2: Completion of BOI’s Questionnaire
Step 3: Submission of Forms and Questionnaire. So, if you think you’ve meet up with the bank of Industry requirement you can comfortable visit boinigeria.com to download the appraisal form and complete their questionnaire for your business funds

  1. Banks Loan

 I have decided to add banks loan because I still believe that bank loan serve as a means of raising fund for business start up. The only problem with Nigeria banks is they demand a lot (collateral and security) and they often turn down the request of small scale and medium scale business enterprise.

  1. Published press articles

Actually, it is not the press article that you’ve published that will give fund for your business but rather the attention of the investors that you’ve attracted through your press article. Many large scale business entrepreneurs have secure their seed fund via this means.

  1. Online source

There are so many jobs and task you can do online to make money, they don’t necessary requires you having money before you can do. As you carried out these online jobs, keep part of the money to start up a business offline.

  1. Government SME support

Actually, this is not a good means to raise fund for a business yet it is still very important I mention it. This is because many small and medium scale enterprise has started greatly via means

To sum it up,

I strongly believe that with the above 13 ways, you can actually raise funds for your business in Nigeria. Remember the key points that you must get right before outsourcing for funds for your business. Get those points right and you will be surprise that you will raise enough money than you actually need to start up the business.

It is time to tell us how much you need for your business start up. Use the comments box, only real names will be publish but don’t add your contact details for security reasons. It is not accepted.

I wish you all the best as you kick-start your new business


22 thoughts on “10 Ways to Raise Funds to Start Business in Nigeria”

  1. Hello my name is yusuf asmau, i intend to start a goat and chicken and dog poultry and will need like 200 thousand, will be grateful if help me, thanks.

  2. I need 300,000 to start my dream business.. Unisex saloon alongside wholesale distribution of attachments and wigs

  3. I need a soft loan of about 800k to set up a small out patient clinic with mini diagnostic services in a locality where i feel it is needed. I intend to repay instalmentally over a maximum period of 15months.

  4. hello thank you for this opportunity. i will like to start a red oil business am an ophan and i don,t know how to get the money to start up, all i need is #50,000.

  5. Hi. Thank you for this opportunity. I will like to start up a travel agency but I would like to have a business doing first so I can gather up enough money from there. I have an idea to start an online clothing business because I’m pretty good with fashion and the estimated amount is N200,000. I have tried emailing celebrities but no response. I will be glad if this gets posted. Thank you.

  6. Big thank for your write up, it is highly appreciated. Sir , I am a part time pastor of a youth church and our mission is to raise train and develop Godly CEOs to do descent business. I will like to invite you to our church for a seminar on these write up. Kindly let me know if you will be able to come.

  7. am reservist at city of johannesburg as a baa started reserving since 2014 after competing my studies i wanna, let me say my dream is to open a company in the ems services in my location since we have slow and poor services in our community start business will need about 2-3 million for a very good start

  8. I am a 200L Law student of Delta State University. I did a short course in photography about 6months ago because of my passion for photography and videography. I know I still have a lot to learn in this field, but with the little knowledge I have in photography, I believe I would be able to do very fine on-campus, as there are just but a few competitors here in my school..
    I have lights and a computer already, so, I would be needing a camera, an additional lens, and a printer. These should cost about #60,000

  9. Its really an eye opener..n thnks 4 sharing.i 2 hv a mega billion naira/dollar buisness idea..need d funding but Wit God i shall hv it..in Jesus name..amioo

  10. Wow. This is great. Thanks for the eye opening business start up plan Sir.

    I am in a importation business of goods. E.g electronic mobile bags shoes but all I import are just 2 or 4 item at a time with high profit. E.g, I make 15,000 of profit on Blackberry Z10. I need real capital. Pls teach me more. Thanks.

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  11. dear sir,

    thank you for the write up, it is highly appreciated. Sir , i will like to invite you to our church for a talk on these write up. Kindly let me know if you will be able to come.

    warm regards,

  12. I have written a business plan on starting a cosmetic selling store but my start up capital is low..I jus finish my degree programm..I wnt to know how best I source for funds to start up..thanks

    1. Hello Rita, you have done great by writing a business plan for your cosmetic selling store business. Since, you are just beginning this business newly; I suggest you start with you family members, relatives and friends.Present your business plans to them and the amount you required to start up the business. This should be your first target source of funds for starting the business.

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