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Young entrepreneurs with few contacts need to get real about raising money in a tough economy, and pursue avenues such as their own bank accounts, loans from parents and credit cards, writes the author. Another tactic is keeping costs low so that you need less money in the first place.
A business plan isn't as useful for raising financing as the prevailing entrepreneurial wisdom holds, argues the founder of an Internet marketing concern. Instead, focus on building the business and the money will follow.
An entrepreneurial company just past the start up stage faces the issue of how to find customers for its product or service, price it right and get the word out, writes the founder of a software company and also a previous business. Meeting the challenges of phase two sets the stage for substantial growth, the author says.
Here are five big issues you should consider if you want your company to be able to evolve and grow to the next stage of development.
An entrepreneurial company in its second year confronts challenges more
A mature business facing altered circumstances might need to bring in a partner rather than just an employee, writes the author, who poses a series of questions for founders to address prior to making what could be a difficult leap.
There is no doubt that it is a nearly impossible time for entrepreneurs to raise venture capital. Only the best of the best new companies are attracting such funding, according to the author. Entrepreneurs need to prepare themselves when approaching venture capitalists. Increasingly, several must have factors have become an essential part of the necessary preparation.
Entrepreneurs seeking venture capital - a major source of funding for growth - need to approach these investors as both sellers of their company's future and buyers of financing services, writes a venture capitalist and former entrepreneur, who provides a targeted plan for addressing each.
Angel financing - or funding from individuals with the time and money to invest in early-stage companies - is more accessible thanks to the gathering of such investors into networks, writes an erstwhile entrepreneur turned angel investor. The process is still arduous, but the author offers tips for easing the way.
Owners of growing companies need to begin positioning them for sale early in the life of the firm and continue to take steps toward sale throughout the business's life, writes an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Included are eight suggestions for doing just that.
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