What should come first when starting a business, the capital or the business idea? That is the question I sometimes ask myself whenever I come across JF bombarded threads on loans. Imagine someone wanting to borrow and willing to pay the related borrowing costs before identifying the business to be engaged in. Looking for money before knowing the business and its capital needs exposes a person to the risks of over capitalization or under capitalization, thus digs you on a financial drip. Over capitalization is similar to planting a crop in a water logged area while under capitalization is also like planting a crop in small area with no rainfall. In both cases the crop will die smoothly. Before you start worrying about getting the capital to start a business, there is other more important and urgent things that one needs to think through. First is your brain preparedness to be an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship is a serious matter and not a hobby to pursue when the weather is fine. Entrepreneurs see opportunities where others only see challenges, they provide solutions when others throw up their hands in resignation. Zero down on the business idea before you start sweating about capital. For a business idea to fly, you need to have comparative advantage to fly on. It is a good thing to first focus on the idea and figure out the money thereafter. In the event that the money is not enough for the grand idea consider parceling it out into smaller ideas or getting partners on board to help you make it a reality.