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What Could Your Startup Accomplish With an Extra $250K in 2019?

Posted by Celene Robert to Taxes, Accounting, Business Advice, Business, Startup Tips

A quarter of a million dollars could transform your startup. Or it could buy you a vintage Taco Bell hot sauce packet. No joke—as of this writing, that is a genuine listing on eBay: one unopened pouch of Taco Bell hot sauce, circa 1984–1992, priced at exactly $250,000.


If you can think of better ways to spend $250,000 (or if collecting expired condiment packets is truly your definition of Living Más—I won’t judge), you should consider claiming the United States Research Experimentation Tax Credit, commonly referred to as the R&D Tax Credit.


How Founders Can Prioritizing Their Spending to Maximize Business Growth

Posted by Hiten Parmar to Budgeting, Startup Tips

Founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, says, “We cannot be in survival mode. We have to be in growth mode.” Any business must be growing to survive and flourish, especially in its initial years. No matter how compelling your mission statement is, as a business, you have one prime purpose: Making money.


In every possible scenario, you need to spend at least some money to make money. Most business ventures fail soon after launch or midway, when they have flaws in their strategies, so making the right decisions about what your business prioritizes and invests in is the most crucial part of being a founder or CEO.


Unfortunately, you see thousands of admirable of businesses and entrepreneurs who waste initial capital or seed funding by plunging money in some business functions while underinvesting in the initiatives that would’ve moved the needle. The primary cause of businesses to flounder is improper or maverick investment strategies.


Here we look at proven and workable means on how to invest your capital for maximum business growth.

 

Why Location Matters When Filing Business Taxes

Posted by Melissa Hollis to Taxes, Business Advice

Where you do business says a lot about your company. If you’re a clothing shop in Waikiki, you probably have to keep your bikinis and boardshorts stocked all year round. If you’re a therapist in New England you might find your busy season ramps up in November due to seasonal depression. But no matter what you do where you do it affects how you file your taxes.

The Role Outsourced Accounting Plays in Growing Your Startup

Posted by Melissa Hollis to Taxes, Accounting, Business Advice

Here’s a phrase you never thought you’d hear from a CEO who just raised seed funding: “Nobody told me how difficult success can be for a startup.”

 

This may not sound like much of a problem. But the more I thought about it, I realized that many early-stage businesses start out with blazing potential and burn out before they reach it.

Yes, it is Possible to Grow a Large Startup Team in a Coworking Space

Posted by Andrew Broadbent to Budgeting, Startup Tips

When people think of coworking spaces, the image that comes to mind may include solopreneurs and freelancers working amongst each other in an open space layout, but, the fact is, startup teams and even major Fortune 500 businesses are also thriving in shared work environments.

 

The commercial office space as we know it is transforming into a new, more collaborative workspace design and now many growing businesses and even enterprise corporations are fueling the demand of the coworking trend. Let’s dive into some of the value that innovative startups get from working out of shared workspaces.

8 Budgeting Tips for Surviving Seasonal Business Ups & Downs

Posted by Melissa Hollis to Accounting, Business Advice, Business, Budgeting

 

Seasonality is a common experience many businesses face when they’re building out their budget. There are obvious examples in the form of tanning salons and ice cream shops to tax firms and event space venues, but even a digital agency or SaaS startup can experience high and low points in cash flow throughout the year.


Here’s a few tips on how your business can plan for seasonal slumps and take advantage when business is booming.

Taking Out a Business Loan? Don't Forget These 6 Steps [To Do List]

Posted by Matt Lenhard to Budgeting, Loans, Startup Tips

After I signed on the dotted line, the real work began. The funds from my business loan were sitting in LendEDU’s bank account, and we finally had the capital we needed ahead of the busiest time of the year.


Getting your small business loan funded is an exciting time for an entrepreneur. While you want to take time to celebrate, you also know that you need to get down to work and use that money to grow your business.


Locking down the money is, after all, only half the battle. You also want to make sure you have everything in place to spend it right and be in a position to repay the loan responsibly so that you can build good business credit and set yourself up for future borrowing success.

 

Examples of Qualified Research Expenses That Prove the R&D Tax Credit Isn’t Just for Big Businesses

Posted by Melissa Hollis to Taxes, Business Advice, Startup Tips

 

One of the most momentous parts of business is nailing down what makes your product or service different. For some companies, like law firms, this can be the talent, experience, and expertise of your team, or even just your location. However, outside of professional services, many companies define their competitive advantage by identifying new problems to solve or coming up with new ways to solve them. So, it’s those innovative entrepreneurs whom I’d like to introduce to the R&D Tax Credit.

 

What is the R&D Tax Credit?

Since 1981, the United States federal government has offered the research and development (R&D) tax credit as an incentive for companies who research and develop new products. What started as a temporary, trial-based credit has recently become a permanent part of the federal tax code due to its success in stimulating job creation and helping to solidify the U.S. as an economic leader on a global scale.


But, its effects could be even greater.

Seed Investment: Comparing SAFE and Convertible Notes

Posted by Melissa Hollis to Investment, Business Advice

When it comes to seed investment, founders have options. Typically they prefer low interest which is where SAFE comes in as a favorable alternative to convertible notes, but there's much more to the picture. Every entrepreneur should understand his or her options and make sure that they align with their long-term strategic fundraising plans.

 

Definition of Convertible Note

A convertible note is a type of debt that has the right to convert into equity when you hit an agreed upon milestone. FundersClub explains convertible notes as an investment vehicle that is structured similarly to a loan. However, as TechCrunch points out, this type of debt automatically converts into shares of preferred stock upon the closing of a Series A round of financing. The overall consensus about convertible notes is that they are known to be complex and therefore, finicky or glitchy.

 

Definition of SAFE as Seed Investment

SAFE is an acronym that stands for “simple agreement for future equity” and was created by the Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator as a new financial instrument to simplify seed investment. At its core, a SAFE is a warrant to purchase stock in a future priced round.

 

There are some similarities between SAFE and convertible notes investments. Both act as a viable way to help startups overcome their current big hurdle in growing or scaling to reach the milestones that warrant a Series A round. Also, both options carry a discount on the next round (or current round for convertible notes), so neither presents a clear advantage. With those in mind, looking at the differences will help an entrepreneur consider their pros and cons when determining their preferred seed investment terms.

Prepping for Your First Investor Meeting? Do These 4 Things to Build a Strong Business Foundation for Receiving Funding

Posted by Melissa Hollis to Investment, Accounting, Business, Funding, Startup Tips

There are many articles out there that provide a wide array of lofty advice about fundraising. Some of the groundbreaking tips in those articles may cause you to rethink minor details such as the order of the slides in your deck or even something as major as your go-to-market strategy. This is not one of those articles, but we do have an ebook full of stories that are sure to inspire here.

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