How can I gain the support of international investors when my company is still in the early stages?
I have just recently opened my own company after years of working with other companies as a Director/CEO. My company is Sutekina Josei Ventures. I have clients who followed me from the previous leadership roles I had working with other companies. Unfortunately, since my business is new, I have little business history or evidence of success in this particular company. I have approximately 10 corporate clients and the company has currently brought in $200 in revenue. However, I am looking for an international investor to help fund the necessary items to grow the business. I am looking for investors to help fund equipment, branding machines, and office space. I have no experience with gaining the financial support of investors, so I'm not sure where to start.
How do I find the right investor for my company and how do I convince them to provide support when the company is still in its early stages?
The reason most people go into business is to make money. Start with a convincing business plan outlining the potential income over time, competition, political and legal risk, and the qualification of you and your staff to pull it off. An international investor will be iffy about putting their money into a person and place unknown to them. Why not start with local investors first?
Start with friends and family. If you can't convince anyone in your community or country to pull resources together to jumpstart your project, it will be difficult to get a foreign investor because, the fact is, your project may not be as attractive as you think it is.
However, if you are convinced about the viability of your business, try Googling "angel investors". You might come up with some good leads.