6 Crucial Steps to Take Before You Seek Investors for Your Business

Investor support is one of the most pivotal aspects for small businesses. When you are looking to make it big as an entrepreneur your...

3 Flexible Funding Options for Small Businesses

One of the most significant challenges any startup or small business faces in its early phases is gaining the necessary funding to allow it...

Raise Money on Good News

The first rule for raising money is to do it on good news—right when sales are increasing at an increasing rate. Or when a major...

8 Startup Gaps That Will Frustrate Funding Efforts

Too many people still believe the urban myth that you can sketch your idea on a napkin, and people will throw money at you. Fundraising is indeed brutally tough at all stages, and the seed funding is the hardest to find.

Do Investors Back First-Time Entrepreneurs?

Investors do indeed back first-time entrepreneurs, but it's clearly their second choice. Most investors prefer to find an entrepreneur who has a proven track record—at least one successful venture—and then bet that the success can be repeated. Their mantra is: "We back the jockey, not the horse."

Shortcuts to Entrepreneur Funding Are Usually Scams

Some aspiring entrepreneurs are so desperate for funding, or naïve, that they ignore the obvious signs of scams and rip-offs on the Internet, praying for a windfall. One would think that with all the sad stories and tools published over the past twenty years, this problem would be behind us.

10 Entrepreneur Milestones That Make Funding Easy

Every investor expects to see some business traction, both before and after a funding event. If you have been working 20 hours a day, and spent your last dollar, but have no results to show, investors will be sympathetic, but will probably tell you that your dream doesn't have wheels. Traction means forward progress.

10 Tips for Building the Most Scalable Startup

Investors will tell you that they love to put money into startups that are scalable, and ready to scale. But what does that really mean? Simply stated, it means that your business has the potential to multiply revenue with minimal incremental cost.

10 Ways to Attract the Right Kind of Investors

When you're initially starting up your company, any investment can feel like a welcome investment. The reality is that not all money is created equal. There are investors you want to attract and others you don't.

The “Inciting Incident” and Investors

If you are a screenplay writer, you are familiar with the dogma of the inciting incident. In a movie, the inciting incident is the event at the beginning of the story which causes the hero's life to be completely transformed and irrevocably changed, and which makes the whole story unfold.

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