What sort of terms and/or deal scenarios are you seeing when it comes to equity gaps? As a self funded searcher, I have limited capital to invest in the equity injection and for DD costs. I'm curious for someone like me to consider larger deal sizes, what options are out there being self funded?

Do you ever see individual investors putting up some capital in exchange for a fixed return on their investment instead of equity? (more like a short term loan) I would think with enough EBIDA, you could pay that back fairly quickly but maybe in practice, it doesn't work that way.

My personal capital limits me to 'upper Main Street' deal sizes that in many cases, are buying a 'job' vs. lower middle market companies that have more stability and I'm trying to see what options I may have to move more upstream in terms of deal size.