Caps often limit how much entrepreneurs can deduct in a year, and every dollar counts in the startup space. If the following tax-break options were available, many more startups could survive the competitive entrepreneurial landscape.
Every small business owner sets out hoping to make good money, but it doesn't always go that way—especially in the beginning. So the question becomes: How can you survive while your business gets on its feet?
In some cases, these are concepts that have already been done too many times, and the space is crowded. In others, the concept has been tried too many times, or no one has yet succeeded in making any money. Or both. Here are my favorites.
Every startup needs access to capital, whether for funding product development, for initial rollout efforts, acquiring inventory, or paying that first employee. Most entrepreneurs think first of bank loans as the primary source of money, only to find out that banks are really the least likely benefactors for startups. Thus "creative" really means maximizing non-bank financing.
If you're part of an accelerator or startup, the SEC just granted you a new way to approach funding in 2014: the right to solicit a broader range of investors.
Time is too precious to waste trying to close a deal with the wrong investors at the wrong time. Luckily, not all investors are looking for the same thing, so it pays to know what type of investors are most interested in what your startup brings to the table.
When meeting with investors, during the period devoted to feedback after your presentation, you will hear comments and recommendations that don't resonate with you.
As an Angel investor to startups, I'm still surprised to find entrepreneurs who expect investors to give them money, and then disappear into the sunset. Would you do that if it was your money?
Finding loans to start a business can be time consuming and costly if you are not careful. While it does not usually actually cost anything to apply for a loan moneywise, it does cost time, and time is money.
Recently, the St. Louis Business Journal described 2013 as the year "St. Louis tech took the money and ran," profiling just how much money our city's tech startups raised last year. The number is pretty impressive: $56M+ from just our top five startups.