Starting a business requires capital. How much do you have stashed under your mattress? If the answer is “not a lot”, you still have options. One is to visit the bank with a business plan in hand and hope that you can get a business loan. You could also approach family in the hope that they will be able to lend you money. Another approach is to look for an investor or venture capitalist who will put money into your business in return for a share of the profits.