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Crowd Funding

Crowdfunding… you might be wondering what this is and how it works in relation to your business and its funding. Here’s what you need to understand: crowdsourcing isn’t that old of a term and was made legal thanks to the JOBS Act in March 2012. Before the JOBS Ac, it was seen as very impractical or illegal. What Is Crowdfunding? In simple terms, it allows big groups of folks – people you know and strangers too – to give minute amounts of money to a business or cause. It’s the n..

How to Get a Business Loan

Once you’ve gotten investors’ attention, you’ve got to secure a business loan to get the doors open. Industrial and commercial lending has increased for bigger companies. However, small businesses have seen fluctuations in the amount of conventional bank loans being offered, all because of the uncertainty in the economy. That does not mean you should not try to get a business loan. After all, banks do want to loan the money to start-up companies. But, in order to secure a loan, you ..

Attracting Investors

When you’re trying to get your business going from the ground up, the hardest thing to do is bring investors to the table. What can you do to get investors to listen to your ideas about your small business? The first thing you must understand is that you need patience so that you can develop solid investor leads. With a little bit of groundwork, some advanced planning, the right approach and accurate investigations, you can find an investor to successfully finance and launch your busine..

Yourself, Family and Friends

The majority of entrepreneurs know that getting cash from the people they know is easier and quicker than trying to get it from an investor. Also, many investors demand that you have some kind of family/friend investment before they’ll even bother lending you any money. The reason is that investors invest money in people before they invest in any product or ideas. Since they have no idea who you are, they check out your integrity as a person. Do your family and friends believe in you en..

Choosing a Legal Structure

Once you’ve come up with a name, it’s time to decide what kind of ownership you want. This decision is extremely important and should not be taken lightly. After all, the legal ownership you choose will have serious tax implications and be decided on the amount of risk you want to deal with. Four Kinds Of Business Ownership So, what kind of ownership should you place your business under? Well, that depends on what you’re looking for. There are four types of ownership you can form you..

How to Name Your Business

Okay, so you’ve done your market research. You know what it is people are looking for from your business. Now, it’s time to decide on a business name for yourself. Yes, this is just as important as the market research. A name is what people will identify your business and product with. Why Is A Business Name So Important? To be successful as a small business, your name can make or break you. Choose the perfect name and it’s going to make great big waves in your town. Choose the wrong..

Market Research

Now you understand the importance of planning and how this website will help you in that process. However, planning isn’t everything to your business’s success. Yes, planning is important – probably one of the most important aspects to running a business, but, you need to understand that planning must go along with market research… if you’re going to succeed. Market Research: What Is It? What is market research? According to the WiseGEEK website (http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-m..

Buying vs Building

The majority of folks looking to start a business often think of starting from scratch, especially in terms of “constructing” the building. However, there are some serious disadvantages to this, including the problem of building clientele, advertising your business, hiring employees and instituting a cash flow without any track record or reputation to help you along. You might be wondering if you should purchase an existing building or build one of your own. Well, this will depend on yo..

Part-time or Full-time?

You already know that becoming an entrepreneur is no easy feat. However, the next question you need to answer is whether or not to make it a part-time or full-time gig. Many entrepreneurs suggest making the business part-time, especially in the beginning. There are numerous advantages to this including but not limited to: 1.You decrease the risk since you can still receive income and benefits from the full-time job. 2.The business will gradually grow. Still, there are some disadv..