Seller and Landlord Financing

Seller Landlord Financing from The Startup Garage
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Seller Financing

An easy way to save money when starting a business is to buy one that has already been established. With the elimination of early startup costs, you would already tap into an enterprise that has a recognized customer base, employees, overhead, and inventory.

You can use seller financing as a way to reduce your costs even further. This means paying small monthly payments to the seller of the business, similar to the way you would make loan payments to a bank. It may take some time and effort to convince the business seller to allow seller financing, but negotiate with an open-mind and make sure to file all the appropriate paperwork in taking over and buying a business.

Landlord Financing

One of the main expenses that new startups face is office rent. By working out of home, you can save a lot of money and take the opportunity cost of renting office space to spend in the businesses itself.

If however office space is a necessity, there are some simple things you can do to lower rent costs. Firstly, when renting a commercial space, it often comes “as is”; this means that all improvements and remodeling are paid by you. Try negotiating with your landlord to pay as much of the restructuring costs as possible. If that doesn’t work, ask that you not pay any rent until the office space is completely ready. In addition, you can negotiate with your landlord for a few free months of rent for every year of service loyalty to his complex or that they provide some office desks and chairs for you.

Lastly, ask your landlord about subleasing. You can attempt to split the cost of your rent costs by sharing an office space with another business. Not only can you minimize early costs, but you could potentially create new business relationships that could benefit your company later on.


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About Tyler Jensen

I work with entrepreneurs who are looking to attract investment and get out of the "Garage". I am passionate about helping entrepreneurs start companies that matter. I helped launch over 100 Companies, Non-Profits and Social Enterprises. I consider myself a serial entrepreneur, startup coach & trusted advisor. * Launching New Companies (For Profit, Non-Profit and Social Enterprise) * Expert Business Plan Writer * Extensive Network of Business Relationships focused on Launch & Rapid Growth of New Companies * Startup, Growth, Marketing, Technology, Web, Business Systems * Trusted Advisor to CEO’s & Entrepreneurs * Capital Raising Strategy Development * Startup Team Development The first company I started and sold is VAVi Sport & Social Club which grew to over 25,000 members in six years, was recognized as San Diego’s 30th fastest growing private company in 2006 by the San Diego Business Journal and 32nd fastest in 2007, and sold for over 25X the capital investment.