Starting up in a down-turn – but where to get funding?

By: Mark Sinclair

Date: 26 November 2009

Starting up a business is always going to be tough and like many things in life, there’s probably never going to be a perfect time to take the leap and launch your idea. For many entrepreneurs, one of the key concerns is acquiring funding to turn your dream into a reality. Doug Richard says that one of the best ways to fund your start up is to seek investment from one of the three Fs – Friends, Family and Fools. Many people are reluctant to enter into business with friends. What has your experience been? Would you advocate mixing business and friendship?