Tallat Mahmood is founder of The Smart Business Plan Academy, his flagship online course on building powerful business plans for small and medium-sized businesses to help them grow and raise capital. Tallat has worked for over 10 years as a small and medium-sized business advisor and investor, and in this period has helped dozens of businesses raise hundreds of millions of dollars for growth. He has also worked as an investor and sat on boards of companies.
Be upfront. By dismissing the risks in your business, you actually make the job of a lender or investor that much more difficult. Read more »
Alignment between you and those looking to invest in your business is all about seeing eye to eye on some of the most critical areas of your business. Read more »
The only reason you should raise more money than is needed is if you get it on terms that sit within your pre-defined parameters, and it is a deal that you would have been happy to do at the outset. Then, the only other thing you need to do is curb your enthusiasm to spend, spend, spend, and be sure to enforce the lean practices you started with. Read more »