Business Funding Guide

Most businesses require outside funding, but many small business owners don't know where to find it, or how much to ask for. Whether you need loans, small business grants, angel investors, venture capital, crowd funding, or investments from friends and family, you can greatly improve your chances of securing business capital with our expert tips and how-to guides.

Recent Articles on Funding a Business

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Accepting Outside Investors? Here Are 5 Things to Watch Out for in Your Contract

By Rich McIver

As a business owner, the idea of accepting expertise and a big check from an outside investor can seem like a complete win for you and your business. The truth of whether it’s actually a benefit for you, however, is often determined by what appears to be the boring fine print details of the contract... Read more »

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Is a Lender or Broker Deceiving You? Here’s How to Tell

By Marc Prosser

Anyone who has spent any time in the loan industry knows how perilous it can be for small business owners. Due to the complicated nature of loans and legal speak, brokers and lenders often try to take advantage of small business owners. That’s why we have written this article, to explain three ways brokers and... Read more »

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5 Reasons You Might Not Qualify for an SBA Loan…and What to Do About It

By Marc Prosser

Loans that are backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are attractive for business owners because they offer a range of loan sizes, long repayment terms, and most importantly, low interest rates. While some alternative business lenders charge as high as 80 percent APR, you can get an SBA-backed bank loan for around seven... Read more »

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What to Say in Your 1, 5, 10, or 20 Minute Pitch (+ Tips from Successful Entrepreneurs!)

By Angelique O'Rourke

When you’re pitching your business, the time allotted will impact a great deal of what you should do and say. If you’re going to have a five minute time block followed by a Q&A, you will need to approach that differently than if you’re giving a one-minute presentation. So how do you know what to... Read more »

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How Can I Get a Business Loan If My Credit Is Terrible?

By Angelique O'Rourke

The first thing you should know is that even if you are certain that your credit is poor, it is still possible to get financing. It’s not easy, but it is possible. There are options, but bad credit loans are high risk; you probably wouldn’t take them under different circumstances. In this article, I’ll cover:... Read more »