The fiscal crisis has had at least one intriguing side effect: the growth of increasingly creative types of funding. During the economic downturn, and continuing to today, credit and other conventional kinds of start-up funding became more challenging to acquire.
Consequently, entrepreneurs started looking to newer, less-traditional types of ways for increasing capital that reduce out the fiscal intermediaries (banks, for example) which are typically within the procedure.
Peer-to-peer lending (also called person-to-person financing) is a procedure of borrowing directly from people. In most cases, the creditor and the debtor never meet.
There are a number of ways in which this can occur, but normally, the process is relatively straightforward: the debtor registers on a few of many peer-to-peer sites and is then paired up with quite a few creditors that are thinking about investing depending on the borrower and the rate of interest, among other matters.
P2P sites make a profit by charging the creditors an interest along with what the creditors need. The general success rate of finding financing by means of a P2P procedure is roughly 10 percent. Microfinancing has become popular lately because new ventures are needing less funding than in preceding decades.
In precisely the same vein, one ingenious funding that has developed in recent decades is crowdfunding. Crowdfunding, just as P2P, involves getting people to pool their funds to fund a job with no typical financial intermediary.