Savvy Entrepreneurs Look for More Than Funding

Every entrepreneur needs help and support along the way, from developing the initial idea, to selling off the successful business (exit strategy). The challenge is finding and using qualified affordable support organizations for each stage. Don't waste your resources on the wrong ones.

7 Key Elements of a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Crowdfunding can be an effective tool for accomplishing your startup goals. Whether you're looking to jumpstart your marketing efforts, expand your customer base, or reach out to friends and family for funding, crowdfunding provides a platform to rally support around you and your company.

7 (and a Half) Tips to Run a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Contrary to popular belief—and the old saying that too many cooks spoil the broth—crowdfunding cooperation is precisely what drives success, and it does this via 7.5 simple steps:

5 Steps for Calculating Your Startup Costs

You can't create a realistic business plan without knowing how much it will cost to get your business up and running. If you don't have an idea of your startup costs, you won't know how long you'll have to bootstrap, how much funding you'll need, how quickly to scale. In other words, without calculating your startup costs, you don't really know where you're going—or how you're going to get there. And your company could fail before you even hit the break-even point.

The 5 Best Ways to Crowdsource for Your Startup

Follow these tips and get set to rock your startup using crowdsourcing! Now you can easily approach your friends on social media networks and direct people to invest in your business and see it grow up day by day. But you can use crowdsourcing in lots of different ways.

How Entrepreneurs Qualify for Funding from Banks

A common question I get is "How do I get a bank loan to fund my startup?" The default answer is that it probably won't happen, because most banks just don't make bank loans to startups. The failure rate is just too high, and startups typically don't have the assets or revenue stream to back up the loan. That's why Angel investors are so sought after by entrepreneurs.

The Danger of Being Undercapitalized

It’s always exciting to think about the idea of having your own new start up. You hear about stories where entrepreneurs started with just $300 and a cardboard box and then turned their business into millions. In reality, having worked with many types of business owners, the first mistake made by most is simply not having enough capital or access to capital while growing your business.

How Much Money Do You Need to Start Your Business?

Knowing how much money you need to start your business requires careful planning. Costs should be broken down into startup expenses and operating expenses, and you should put together your best, most accurate estimate of all your expenses in the first year.

Documentation Required When Applying for a Business Loan

Finding and applying for business funding requires patience, time, and a lot of documentation. Depending on your financial situation, the amount of paperwork you need will vary. It will also depend on whether you are getting a conventional loan or an SBA loan.

Getting Help from SBA Programs

The Small Business Administration fills a number of different roles for small business, with a wide range of programs for entrepreneurs. These include financing help, training opportunities, help obtaining government contracts, and general small business advocacy.

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