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When Art Reisman cofounded a tech company, they had little cash and a good technology idea. Reisman shares two key bootstrapping lessons they learned: use open source technology to develop new software applications and bag indirect selling for do-it-yourself direct selling.
Credit cards allow entrepreneurs immediate access to some levels of financing. This author, who used credit cards to launch a company, says business owners who take his approach should focus first on the key tasks of winning and keeping customers.
Operating virtually enables this entrepreneur to conserve cash and take advantage of new market opportunities. Clearly defined values, structures, and boundaries keep partners and employees focused on the primary goal: meeting the firm's obligations and making money.
Dr. Susan Bragg bootstrapped her company by driving customer connections and partnerships. While bootstrapping with revenues, personal funds, and a small loan, she started her technology company and has grown it by penetrating her market via customer interaction.
Running your own business on your own terms can mean freedom in your schedule and business approach. It can also mean slim funding. This serial entrepreneur and cofounder of The Baby Einstein Company sought to avoid entanglement with venture capitalists and discovered doing business on a cash-only basis was the answer for him.
Razor Suleman has bootstrapped several companies since his college days and he continues to bootstrap by investing the proceeds from one firm into the next. In this article, he shares three strategies that have enabled him to grow his current company to $10 million in sales in 2006.
MotiveQuest founder, David Rabjohns, describes how he addressed key challenges in starting and growing his company--via bootstrapping--to number three in the "brand monitoring in social media" industry sector.
How do you deal with things when your business is on the verge of going bust? This author lays out a financial plan for working through lean years to sustain a business. Key tips: stash away cash during good times, downsize quickly if need be, and consider relocating to a lower-cost area of the country.
Barbara Carey, an entrepreneur and product innovator, tells her story about bootstrapping her company with $800 and how she secured her first order and first manufacturer. Carey's golden rule: get your product or service order first before making any business commitments.
In the first three years of running her printing solutions company, Wendy Fergerson borrowed roughly $60,000 per month on credit cards without paying any interest. Out of that experience, she recommends credit cards as a way to bootstrap a company as long as you pay attention to the details on each card for which you apply.
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