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Writing a Good Business Plan

Your business plan is your roadmap for building your business and it’s the admission ticket for the investment process. In order for you to succeed, your business plan has to be as good as it can possibly be. What goes in a business plan? The body can be divided into four distinct sections: 1) Description of the business 2) Marketing 3) Finances 4) Management Addenda should include an executive summary, supporting documents, and financial projections. Although there is no single ...

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How to Raise Capital for Your Business

Launching a new business requires much skill and preparation. Entrepreneurs may not have the resources to raise capital in order to market their new business ideas; therefore, some great business ideas never become commercialized. This is a common dilemma that many entrepreneurs face. They often speculate about how to raise capital and same time, are unsure about how their startup will have the needed financial security to properly stay on track. Before a new business owner can raise capital for ...

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5 Sure-fire Ways to Bomb Your Investor Pitch

Are you ready to pitch your startup to investors? Here are a few things NOT to do. Having delivered hundreds of pitches myself (and bombed a few), as well as coaching dozens of entrepreneurs on how to pitch, I’ve definitely seen some doozy pitches. I sometimes wish I’d had a video camera with me to create a funny compilation of all the bloopers—something I might have shared with entrepreneurs on how not to deliver a great investor pitch. I like ...

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7 Tips to Successful Fundraising for Young Entrepreneurs

In reading the start-up and tech blogs these days, one would think investors are chomping at the bit to fund startups like yours. But as is true with most situations in life, you shouldn’t believe everything you read. Don’t get me wrong, there are certainly examples of big and fast rounds and companies where money landed in a founder’s lap. But this isn’t the norm, nor should it be expected. Fundraising is hard, no matter what anyone tells you. In ...

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How to Raise Capital for Your Business

Launching a new business requires much skill and preparation. Entrepreneurs may not have the resources to raise capital in order to market their new business ideas; therefore, some great business ideas never become commercialized. This is a common dilemma that many entrepreneurs face. They often speculate about how to raise capital and same time, are unsure about how their startup will have the needed financial security to properly stay on track. Before a new business owner can raise capital for ...

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Private Investors – what they really wants?

Huge Returns on Investments At the risk of stating the obvious, investors will want to make a profit out of their investment. This means that, at a minimum, they will want to see the value of their investment double over, say, three years. People don’t invest in small companies to lend a helping hand. They invest to make money. And they expect to make a lot of money. If they expected to make just a 10 percent or even 15% ...

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Investor Search Mistakes To Avoid

Small business capital comes from three primary sources: 1. Profits left in the business; 2. Debt, like a bank loan; 3. Equity investment. For most small businesses the third source is, and has been the founder’s investment. In recent years, this option has become more robust and multi-faceted in the form of outside investors, whether venture capital, angel investors, and even with crowdfunding. The challenge is developing a capitalization strategy that matches the right sources with the short and long-term ...

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3 Key Reasons a High Valuation could kill your Startup

A major problem that many startups encounter when they embark on the capital raising process is to have a high valuation that scares investors away. There are three key reasons this will become a problem for you. The 3 key reasons are: 1. Investor will not take a meeting, or if they do, they will not take another and they will have lost a lot of respect for you as a founder. First impressions last and a first impression of ...

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Top 10 Lies of Entrepreneurs (and Investors)

Read these two sets of top ten lies: one of entrepreneurs and one of investors, so that you know what not to say and what not to believe. Top Ten Lies of Entrepreneurs 1. “Our projections are conservative.” 2. “Jupiter says our market will be $50 billion in ten years.” 3. “Several Fortune 500 companies are set to do business with us.” 4. “No one else can do what we’re doing.” 5. “Hurry up because other investors are about to ...

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