Funding a Business

The Real Reason You Should Audition for Shark Tank

The chances of making it on Shark Tank are slim indeed. Maybe you’ll be one of the lucky few to make it on the show and land a deal, but the true benefits lie the process of preparing to audition.

By Amethyst Tagney | Share This

Forecasting Models: What You Need to Know

Forecasting should be a regular part of your process—not something you do once, or once a year. But how do you know if your forecast is reliable?

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How to Create a Financial Contingency Plan for Your Business

Having a financial contingency plan is a must—not just for established small businesses, but also for businesses in the earliest stages of formation. Here's how to easily create a financial contingency plan.

By Piers Ede | Share This

Creating Financial Freedom: Lessons From Successful Entrepreneurs

Achieving a degree of financial freedom is an ideal springboard to launching and growing your startup. Here's how to do it.

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5 Steps for Entrepreneurs with an Idea, but No Funding

Every business starts with an idea. But, what if you don't have funding to bring your idea to life? If that sounds like you, follow these five steps.

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A Standard Business Plan Outline [Updated for 2017]

To make the best impression on banks and investors, your plan should be presented using the standard business plan outline format. This guide gives you an outline to follow and explains what each section should entail.

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Give the Best Elevator Pitch Ever With a 3,000-Year-Old Technique

You've just unexpectedly bumped into a major investor who could help your business get off the ground. What do you say? Take a cue from Aristotle, and try this persuasive speech technique.

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How to Fund Your Startup Without Losing Control

Private equity can be the infusion of cash you need to get your startup off the ground—but you run the risk of losing control of your business. Here's how to prevent this from happening.

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The chances of making it on Shark Tank are slim indeed. However, the true benefits lie the process of preparing to audition.