Just the other day I googled about different stages in a startup funding, and I came across this infographic from Funders and founders.com.
It has well explained how various levels of personnel can fund a new business or a startup.
However, it left me thinking how as the startup, are you going to impress the Angel investors throughout the journey of your business growth.
Here is the answer: account for your startup lifestyle costs.
Accounting for your startup lifestyle costs is one issue that doesn’t come to most minds of startup entrepreneurs.
But as the business start to grow as the founder you need not worry about some things like,
- Feeding your family
- Transportation costs
- Your rental bills and
- Other personal effects
to avoid stressing your business investors.
So then, as a startup what are you supposed to do?
You are expected to include all your living expenses in your funding requests. Doing that will help you not to panic over your personal finances, and in return, you will be more productive and focused on your growing business.
Here is a good example from Bizfilings
What is the duration of the living expenses in your funding request cover?
I believe as the founder you should include 2-year lifestyle costs.
When planning for the startup lifestyle expenses, you should be realistic, honest and the figure should be workable for the estimated future.
Why 2 years?
It is not a must the duration to be two years, it can be one year or 6 months, but the reason why I have said two years is:
To give your business time to grow consistently, to enable it to compensate you in the future.
As a startup, you should not give any loopholes to failure. Startup lifestyle costs can contribute to the failure of your business if you do not plan it well.
I would love to know your thoughts on this topic; please feel free to comment on the comment section below.