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Need To Finance a Startup? Start By Building Up Your Credit

Posted by Anastasia Ivanov to Funding

Nothing is more frustrating than knowing you’ve got a million dollar idea and not one dollar to put into it. But this is a common situation in today’s world. Many people barely have enough money to pay their monthly bills, much less finance a brand new company.

5 Accounting Problems That Can Sink Your Funding Round

Posted by Molly Otter to Investment, Taxes, Accounting, Business Advice, Funding, Startup Tips

You’re a startup CEO. You’re running your business fast and lean. Getting your company’s financials cleaned up and organized is on your to-do list, but so are a thousand other things. You’ll get around to it—just as soon as you secure the loan that will help you scale up.


I hate to break it to you, but as long as your financials are a mess, that funding is going to stay forever out of your reach. At Lighter Capital, we field a lot of loan applications, and the number one reason we reject potential borrowers is that the entrepreneur is unable to produce financials. And we’re not the only ones who feel this way.

Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need to Apply for an SBA Loan

Posted by Meredith Wood to Business Advice, Business, Funding, Loans, Startup Tips

For any business owner considering taking out a loan with the Small Business Administration (SBA), it is not uncommon to be put off or overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information that you need to provide to apply.


But if you’re willing to put some time into it, you can absolutely prepare everything that you need to apply for and successfully obtain an SBA loan. Here, we’ve put together a cheat sheet detailing all of the most common pieces of information or documentation SBA lenders expect from loan applicants.

 

Does Your Business Have Financial Confidence?

Posted by Tony Esposito to Investment, Accounting, Business Advice, Funding, Budgeting

Ask yourself: How confident are you in your company’s financial position? How much knowledge do you have about the transactions and activity that flow in and out of your books? Not to mention, how much faith do you have in the accuracy of your financial picture?

10 Well-Known VCs Share Their Best Fundraising Tips

Posted by Sujan Patel to Investment, Funding

Whether you’re bootstrapping your business, launching through joining an incubator, or you intend to seek help from a VC or angel investor, it’s not an easy task to raise money for a startup in any industry.

Can You Answer These 9 Investor Questions About Your Small Business?

Posted by Melissa Hollis to Investment, Business Advice, Business, Funding

From startup funds to venture capital firms to influential individuals, inDinero’s investors are a diverse group of tech industry innovators and change-makers. But they didn’t come flocking to our company overnight.

8 Secrets for a Killer Small Business Loan Application Revealed

Posted by Katie Alteri to Business Advice, Funding, Loans

 

If you’re contemplating applying for additional financing for your business, congratulations! It never hurts to have extra cash on hand, so it’s understandable if you’re eager to receive a loan. With a small business loan, you’ll be able to invest in the future of your company.

 

In this post, we’ll detail eight ways to make your small business loan application process simple and efficient. Before you know it, you’ll have financing in your business bank account, ready for whatever your needs may be.

Is That Investor Right for Your Business? Quick Ways to Tell

Posted by Elise Fajen to Investment, Business Advice, Business, Guides, Funding

What makes a good investor? And how should you go about finding someone who possesses the right qualities?


A pretty significant number of entrepreneurs who pursue venture capital believe the answer to these questions is simple: follow the money. In theory, it makes sense: What better indicator could there be of an investor’s success than their wealth? Isn’t that what investment is all about?


Not really—at least not for you, the business owner on the other side of the deal.

The Small Business Owner's 3 Steps to Being a Better Borrower

Posted by Ty Kiisel to Business Advice, Funding, Loans

Access to capital is a challenge for many small businesses. Nevertheless, there are more business loan options available today than ever before—provided small business owners spend the time to become savvier borrowers. This is not to say they need to become experts in everything small business finance, but they do need to become experts in securing capital for their businesses and taking steps to become better borrowers.

Crowdfunding a Business: Everything You Need to Know & 6 Steps to Get Started

Posted by Kiera Abbomante to Funding

Crowdfunding is often hailed as a golden goose for entrepreneurs and small business owners, just waiting to bring you into millions of dollars and internet stardom.


Ultimately, crowdfunding is one means of raising capital from individuals in an effort to fund a private endeavor. It is a business practice that has brought great success to countless entrepreneurs and businesses, and it is certainly worth considering for getting your startup or inspired idea off the ground.

Success starts when you take charge of your finances.

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