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Before building a detailed line-by-line budget, entrepreneurs should prepare a preliminary forecast, projecting estimates of the primary components of profitability--sales, cost of goods sold, and operating expenses.
Historical financial information can be a great tool to jumpstart the budgeting process if care is taken to adjust for any incorrect or misleading information.
Budgeting, forecasting, and projecting mean fundamentally the same thing--estimating future amounts based on information you already know.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Web site contains a comprehensive guide, QandA: Small Business and the SEC, that provides a basic understanding about the various ways companies can become public and what securities laws apply.
This resource offers a basic tool box for entrepreneurs and includes samples of business models, marketing collaterals, and templates for licensing and determining profitability of new ventures.
Being a public company has upsides, such as increased value of your company and stock liquidity. Entrepreneurs, though, should realize the downsides, such as compliance costs and lack of personal and company privacy. Looking thoroughly at the entire picture will help you decide whether going public is your best move.
Entrepreneurs looking for seed capital should consider Toronto TSX Venture Exchange's Capital Pool Company (CPC) program, which allows companies to go public by merging with a CPC.
London's Alternative Investment Market (AIM) is a credible alternative for U.S. companies looking for a market listing. As with any approach to IPO, U.S. companies should research AIM's advantages and disadvantages for listing compared with U.S. stock markets.
PIPES-or Private Investment in Public Equity-as a vehicle for companies to raise capital reverses the order of public filings from IPO or secondary offering. PIPES are a worthy alternative for raising public money but should be used selectively.
Looking at ways to do a public offering, the founders of a biotech company chose a reverse merger, an alternative public offering that ultimately provided the company with access to more funding sources and higher valuation.
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