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11 Angel Investor Blogs You Should Be Reading

by Noah Parsons

In the business world, angel investors are sometimes equated with actual angels, sent to help us fund what could not otherwise be funded. These guardian angels of innovation are responsible for bringing many new ideas to life. The thing is, many of us—most notably those seeking investment—don’t know a lot about what angel investors are... Read more »

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Why My Crowdfunding Campaign Failed

by Angelique O'Rourke

Crowdfunding has a reputation as an accessible way to secure funding for startups and small businesses. It’s quick and easy; just throw up your video, backers start investing their money, and you’re set. Anyone can do it, right? The truth is, it’s far from that simple. For every story of someone whose project went viral... Read more »

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My Favorite Patreon Profiles

by Briana Morgaine

How many creators today would love to have the modern equivalent of a court patron, a wealthy benefactor such as a king who supported their work as a musician, writer, or artist, while they continued to create? It sounds like an ideal situation—the artist receives enough funding to work creatively, and the patron is rewarded... Read more »

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17 Venture Capital Blogs You Should Be Reading

by Noah Parsons

Whether or not you’re raising money for your business, getting advice from venture capitalists can be invaluable. But, getting in the doors of a Sand Hill Road VC in Silicon Valley can be an incredibly difficult undertaking. Fortunately, many of the top VCs share their thoughts on their blogs and are full of advice for... Read more »

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8 Quick Tips on How to Establish Business Credit and Get Financing

by Levi King

Have you ever been denied for business financing? If so, you’re not alone. More than 50% of small business owners who apply for financing get nothing. Personal and business credit scores are the primary cause for denial. If you haven’t taken the time to establish strong business credit, now is the time to start. I... Read more »

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The 10 Best Side Businesses to Fund Your Startup (Plus One Unexpected Suggestion)

by Briana Morgaine

So, you have a great idea for a new business? The thing is, getting started isn’t as straightforward as some people make it sound. What if you need a little help getting it off the ground? In addition to creating a solid business plan, marketing your business, and a host of other details you’ll be... Read more »

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How Technology Can Help Your Business Get Funded

by Owen Andrew

As a startup founder, your financial situation and getting your ideas funded are likely at the forefront of your mind much of the time. In fact, raising capital can be one of the most difficult tasks that any entrepreneur has to accomplish—it takes time, intelligence, creativity, and yes, a little bit of luck. However, there... Read more »

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How to Fine-tune Your Small Business Finances—from Funding to Growth [Webinar Recap]

by Jonathan Michael

Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner with questions about funding your small business? Maybe you are wondering which metrics to track, or whether or not you should take out a loan for your business. If so, stick around—in this webinar, we featured a panel of experts to answer questions about funding your small... Read more »

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Bank Loan Hurdles

3 Hurdles to Getting a Bank Loan and How to Overcome Them

by Marc Prosser

The percentage of total bank business loans that go to small businesses is in a steady decline, from over 50% in 1995, to under 30% in 2012. While it is harder than ever for small businesses to get a bank loan, it’s not impossible. Here are three of the primary hurdles you will encounter when... Read more »

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Are You Ready for Equity Based Crowdfunding?

by Kali Banks

Are you an emerging entrepreneur with an underfunded venture? Could your business flourish with a gush of money and hype? Then, the unveiling of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed equity crowdfunding rules reveals a panacea for growing your business’s coffers. The SEC’s proposed rules (mandated by the JOBS Act of 2012) amend the Securities... Read more »

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How Much Money Should I Invest in My Business?

by Lisa Furgison

One of the daunting questions that every entrepreneur faces when opening a business is: How much capital should I invest? Realistically, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all number that applies to every business. It can be tricky to figure this number out, but it’s vital to your business’s success. You’ll need that number to create a business... Read more »

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How to Fine-tune Your Small Business Finances—from Funding to Growth [Free Webinar]

by Sabrina Parsons

Obtaining funding continues to be the biggest barrier to starting a business, while ineffectively managing cash flow is what causes most small business owners to close their doors. If you’re an entrepreneur, then you’re familiar with the need to obtain funding to start your business. As a small business owner, perhaps what’s keeping you from growing... Read more »

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The Complete Guide to SBA Loans

by Candice Landau

What is an SBA loan? The U.S. Small Business Administration was created in 1953 to help Americans start, build, and grow their businesses. As an independent agency of the government, the SBA partners with both public and private organizations to deliver its services, including loans. An SBA Loan is not a direct loan from the... Read more »

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What Do Venture Capital Firms Want?

by Tim Berry

What do venture capitalists want in an investment? If you have to ask, then you (and your business) are probably not a good candidate. And—just in case you don’t recognize it—that’s a reference to an old joke: When someone asks a Ferrari salesman how much it costs, the salesman answers, “If you have to ask,... Read more »

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For lenders, it's not this simple.

Lenders Face Serious Issues in Taking Bitcoin as Collateral

by Lew Koflowitz

Despite the recent turmoil in the bitcoin market, this cryptocurrency remains, at the moment, a viable medium of exchange that may be on the rise again. For example, the satellite TV company Dish Network announced in late May that by September, it will become the largest company yet to accept payment in bitcoin through the payment processor Coinbase.... Read more »

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Have plans? Need funding? Lending is picking up.

Lending to Small Business Picks up

by Lew Koflowitz

It’s finally getting a little easier for small businesses to obtain the funds they need to invest in and grow their operations. Statistics from a variety of sources indicate a gradual loosening of lending to small businesses around the country. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), for one, reported in January that in its most... Read more »

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Planning to show your friends your business idea? Keep these tips in mind.

7 Things to Consider When Raising Money from Family or Friends

by Scott Gerber

It’s tempting to ask friends and family to invest in your work when first starting a company. Money is tight and they want to help. However, soliciting money from loved ones can be a risky venture. To help mitigate this risk, we asked seven entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council what rules one should always have in place before raising money from family... Read more »

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Are You Ready to Start Fundraising?

by Scott Huntington

Let’s not beat around the bush: businesses need money to succeed, and that money does not appear out of thin air. Some businesses are blessed with angel investors. Others utilize the most traditional routes by seeking loans or seeking the support of an investment group. However, every business and every situation is unique. Not all... Read more »

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35 Great Ways to Fund A Small Business

by Angelique O'Rourke

When it comes to funding, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Depending on where you’re at in your business, what type of funding you are seeking, and the amount you need, where you’ll look can vary widely. We’ve compiled a list from a variety of places to help you research and narrow down the options that... Read more »

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Could Bitcoin Fund Your Business?

by Nick Chowdrey

Bitcoin is slowly but surely nosing its way into the mainstream world of business. About a year ago, it was only accepted by a handful of hipster coffee shops and a few artisanal food trucks. Today, huge websites like Overstock and Expedia have hopped on the boat—and the list is always growing.  A constant hum... Read more »