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4 Things That Will Scare Investors Away

Looking for Money? These 4 Things Will Scare Investors Away

by Lisa Furgison

Whether you’re trying to borrow money from a colleague or land the financial backing of a venture capitalist, there are certain traits that can scare even the hardiest of investors away. Finding startup funds may be one of the toughest things you’ll do as an entrepreneur, so if you have an interested investor you should... Read more »

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Millenial and Boomer Parent

My Favorite 2014 Trend is Boomer-Millenial Partnerships

by Tim Berry

Every year around this time I look forward to Steve King’s small business trends for the next year. Read more »

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Lessons Learned: How Choosing the Wrong Partner Cost One Entrepreneur Her Business

by Lisa Furgison

Adi Bittan says every entrepreneur can learn from her first-business mistakes, and offers these tips to new founders considering a partnership. Read more »

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How to Get a Partnership Deal for Your Business

by Scott Gerber

A good partnership deal can take your business to the next level, and no business is too new or too small to start looking towards the future and considering potential partnerships. Read more »

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How to Find the Perfect Business Partner

by Alexa Garthwaite

You probably have an idealized image in your head of the type of like-minded individual you would like to launch your venture with, but as with a lot of aspects in life, things don’t always work out the way you planned. The stark reality is that you will most likely work your way through multiple business partners as you embark down your desired career path, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Due to the continued and rapid growth of the internet and social media, there are more ways than ever to find a partner who shares your goals and aspirations. Below we've collected some of the best ways to find your perfect business partner. Read more »

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Do I need cofounders

How many business partners should you have? Maybe zero

by Michael Dolen

When the chemistry is just right, it’s true that going into business with others can be a blessing. But don’t think that’s the only way to do it. If you have the drive, you can succeed on your own, too. Read more »

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Everything you always wanted to know about cofounders

by R. Paul Singh

Do I need a co-founder? How do I chose one? What do I do if the relationship doesn’t work out? These are some of the most frequent questions about co-founders that I have heard from entrepreneurs over the years. In this post, I’ll try to answer these, and a few other important related questions. Do... Read more »

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Partnerships: Six Things You Need to Know Before You Say “I do”.

by Susan Solovic

So you want to go into business with someone.  Good for you.  Maybe your potential partner is a family member, long-time friend, investor or business associate.  Whatever the relationship, the start of a partnership is much like the beginning of a romantic relationship.  The parties are euphoric and it may seem as though nothing could... Read more »

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Choose an Investor Like You Would a Spouse

by Tim Berry

I know I’ve said this before, but I just had a long talk with a brilliant young entrepreneur in a bad situation, and I want to say it again: Getting your new business financed is not necessarily a good thing. It’s not the obvious goal. Getting investment, by itself, is not a win. No. Investment... Read more »

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Ask the Expert – Sweat Equity

by Tim Berry

Question There are two partners. One partner has invested a large amount of cash. The other has invested strictly time, which if fairly valued would also be a large amount of cash. Is it reasonable, or acceptable to indicate the value of time invested in the form of a cash value as a “Startup Expense”... Read more »