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Starting a business usually involves committing personal finances, no more so than at the beginning, when banks are loathe to extend credit.
To maximize the amount of financing you can raise, you can either marshal tangible evidence of growth and success or demonstrate your company's potential.
Entrepreneurs often have only one opportunity to make a good impression on potential investors. Goff includes recommendations to ensure that pitches have a better chance of gaining interest from angel investors.
For Terry Gold, preparing for pitching angels is more about demonstrating how your good idea is going to result in a great business than it is about developing documents and presentations.
The author asserts there are three tasks entrepreneurs need to do to attract the attention of angel investors. They are "the three shows": show up, show enthusiasm, and show humility.
Billing and collecting your accounts receivable (A/R) in a timely manner is key to optimizing cash flow and you need to have a way to monitor A/R at least on a weekly basis.
Recounting the tale of founding and growing two companies, one which ultimately failed, the author argues that the key message about cash in a high growth business is raise more than you need, and spend less than you have.
Compare actual financial figures to your budget at least monthly. You may need to adjust the budget during the year to reflect new information.
The founder and CEO of American Reading Company, Jane Hileman, has seen her company grow from a few teachers ten years ago to 111 employees today who provide books and reading goals for students to encourage a love of reading. Hileman's goals are revenue growth, profitability, and success.
Budgeting, forecasting, and projecting mean fundamentally the same thing--estimating future amounts based on information you already know.
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