Do We All Undervalue Bootstrapping?

In business schools, in popular blogs, in business publications, and in general discussion of starting a business, we undervalue bootstrapping. We teach starting a...

5 Ways to Start or Buy a Business Without Any Money

What a tragedy that so many great businesses ideas are never executed for want of one critical resource: money. Many would-be entrepreneurs believe it’s impossible...

5 Simple Ways to Raise Capital for Your Small Business

Small businesses don’t necessarily need to grow quickly (though they should certainly want to grow, as stagnation is one very small step away from...

Fundraising 101: 3 Typical Startup Funding Paths

In my previous post, “Should Your Startup Actually Be a Small Business?” I addressed what may be the most important differentiator between a startup and a...

8 Steps in Securing a Bank Loan to Fund Your Startup

A common question I get is “How do I get a bank loan to fund my startup?” The default answer is that it probably...

6 Hidden Business Startup Costs

Starting a business is exciting! You’re finally ready to bring your dreams to life, become your own boss, and strengthen your local business community....

7 Startup Scenarios That May Be Judged Non-Fundable

If you aren’t willing to take some risk as an entrepreneur, then don’t expect any gain. Yet everyone has limits, and every investor implicitly...

How to Start a Small Business Without Ruining Your Credit

Starting your own business is no doubt a noble endeavor. But on the road to becoming a successful entrepreneur, you’ll encounter numerous obstacles that...

10 Tried-and-True Strategies for Funding New Ventures

One of the most frequent questions I get as a mentor to entrepreneurs is “How do I find the money to start my business?”...

5 Steps to Maximizing Your Startup Cash Flow Runway

Cash flow is a basic survival metric for every startup. Investors check your burn rate to assess your efficiency, and project your remaining runway before you run out...

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