Funding a Business

The 11 Slides You Need to Have in Your Pitch Deck for 2021

An impressive pitch deck is a key part of your fundraising toolkit. Use this detailed guide to figure out exactly what you need to include in your pitch deck to get the attention of investors.

Estimating Realistic Startup Costs

What will it cost to start your business? It’s hard to know for sure. Learn how to accurately estimate startup costs and get your business off the ground.

10 Reasons You Don’t Qualify for an SBA Disaster Loan

If your application for an SBA Disaster Loan was denied, it's not the end. Here are the top 10 reasons loans are denied and what you can do to fix it.

A Standard Business Plan Outline [Updated for 2021]

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.

10 Cash Flow Rules to Live By

I learned the hard way, when my own business suddenly took off, that even growth can stifle cash. In my specific case, it was a matter of building physical products for inventory, selling through channels, and waiting to get paid by distributors. Don’t let this happen to you.  Here are my favorite 10 rules for managing cash flow. 

Cash Flow 101: Building a Cash Flow Statement

To stay on top of your cash flow, you'll need to build a cash flow statement. It's easier than it sounds, and we'll walk you through the process here.

How to Land a $5m Investment by Getting Product-Market Fit

You’ll notice I don’t have to tell you about our product for you to understand the impact it has on the world. I don’t have to tell you the inner workings of our technology or that it’s patented. Instead, what you read is how to communicate product-market fit.

How to Finance Your Startup: Advice from 10 Entrepreneurs

One of the most important decisions a new business owner can make is how they're going to finance their venture. To help you better understand your choices — and learn how others have tackled the challenge — we asked a panel of Young Entrepreneur Council members the following questions:

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