Investing In Equipment: The Funding Sources To Consider

As a business, you’re going to find at some point that you need to invest in equipment. This could be something that happens when you first get started, or it could arise over time. Either way, it’s safe to say that most kinds of equipment are expensive – especially when you have to buy it in large quantities. And this can often be a cause for concern. Because although you know that you need the equipment, you’re not always sure how you’re going to be able to pay for it. But when it’s an essential investment that you need to make, you need to consider a range of financing sources that could just work for you, based on your circumstances.


If you’re not in too much of a rush to purchase your equipment, and you like the idea of biding your time and picking out the right pieces, then you may want to save up for it yourself. Of course, depending on the cost of the equipment, this could take a long time, or not too long at all. But the benefit of doing this is that you have no fees and the equipment will be yours. Then, you always have assets to hand, which can be useful for things like should you need it. But this choice won’t always work for you if you need new equipment in a hurry.


Sometimes, your equipment will break and you can be in need of finding something to replace it fast. When that’s the case, you may want to consider looking into a loan from the bank or a similar funding source, such as an investor. These avenues can often give you a decision within a few days, and have funds available just as quickly. But you will need to check that any interest owing is something you can afford.

Asset Finance

Perhaps you want to get a particular piece of equipment, and it’s something quite specialist? When this is the case, you should definitely consider asset finance. You will find that certain machine suppliers or similar will offer you an asset finance solution so you can own the equipment eventually and it could be exactly what you’re looking for.


From here, another similar option is going to be to lease. Leasing means that you’re essential hiring or renting the equipment from a supplier, and then you’ll get the option to purchase it at the end. You can find more about it in this post. But it may also be a great option for vehicles as well as equipment.


Finally, you may want to make a trade to get the equipment you need. Sometimes, this could be with other businesses so that you get the machinery you require, and they can get something else in return. Or, another option you may have would be to part exchange the equipment you’re looking to replace, so that you get a cheaper price on the new products you’re looking at.

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