Kia ora Calit,
Congratulations on getting that first project. I like Andy’s idea of borrowing the tools to start with if you can. Alternatively, assuming the project you’ve landed is worth a fair whack, and assuming you have billing terms – something like, e.g. 20% deposit, 50% stage payment, 30% final payment, can you then get a Purchase Order from your customer and then show this to your bank to get a short term loan?
-Peter