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A lot of people want to know how much money they will need to launch their start-up. Unfortunately this is a fairly abstract question and there is no wrong or right answer. How much money your business will need depends on dozens of factors.

One of the most important factor depends on what type of business you’d like to start. Some businesses can be started with a few thousand dollars. Other businesses require millions or even billions of dollars over decades. It all depends on your dream and vision. If you’re trying to setup a global multinational with a world beating product, then obviously you might need billions of dollars to get started. But if you’re starting a small local businesses then you might need as little as a million dollars.

It also depends on the size of your business. If your business can be run by a handful of people, say three or four – or even one person – then you’re not going to need a lot of money. On the other hand, you might need teams of people to manufacture your products.

How much money will also depend on how much it costs to run the business. There may be large amounts of start-up assets which you will need to purchase. Once again these will vary from business to business. If your business only requires an office and a few computers then you won’t need very much money. On the other hand, your business could need large manufacturing plants and expensive raw materials. Your business might also require years of research and development, which again will be very expensive. Consider the difference between opening up a coffee shop or restaurant versus launching a car manufacturer. The first two businesses will require very little money while the other could need billions.

Another factor which influences how much money you will need, is the amount of time it takes to break even. Some business can start making money from the day they open. Others takes months to break even, and some businesses can take decades – or never break even. How long it takes you to start making money will determine how much money you will need to launch your start-up. If you can immediately start making money then you won’t need a lot of money.

The ultimate answer to this question is that you should try to get as much money as you can. If you can get a million then good, and if you can get ten million then great! Never stop looking for funding and trying to increase your assets. And at the end of the day, to really figure this out, you will have to do your homework.

Sit down and figure out exactly how much money you will need to launch whatever business you’re interested in. The better you’re able to do this, the more accurately you’ll be able to answer the question of how much money you need for your start-up.


Kossi Adzo is the editor and author of He is software engineer. Innovation, Businesses and companies are his passion. He filled several patents in IT & Communication technologies. He manages the technical operations at

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