Entrepreneurship is sometimes glorified like some weird cult, but the truth is that most companies don’t start the way people think they do. There is only one way to get money for an idea. If you have successfully built and sold a good sized company, and have an idea in a similar field that you are putting some of your own money into, you may be able to get some funding based on your past success. But barring that, here are the “real” ways companies get started. I’ve probably forgotten some, so feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments.