Funding a Business

Real Truth About Selling Your Invention

While I’m on a roll with questions (re: my post here yesterday), here’s another one that comes up a lot. Specifically, it came up this week in Ask Entrepreneur: Question: How can I approach investors for my invention? My patent professional says I should look for capital. I have no idea what it would cost...

By Tim Berry |

True Story: Friends and Family Financing

He was about 45 or maybe 50 when I met him. He was spreading, graying and somber. You don’t know him. You probably never even heard of him. He’d spent the last 15 years of his life starting, building and growing a sailboat manufacturing company. It sounds glamorous, doesn’t it? He sailed as a hobby,...

By Tim Berry |

Becoming an investor/lender through Kiva.org

On this site, and many others, the talk regularly concerns how entrepreneurs can get their startup funding. It is an important part of every business startup. And two parties are always involved. The people who need to get (borrow usually) the money, and those who give (lend, usually) the money. Today I’m encouraging entrepreneurs to...

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Are You Facing the Valuation Trap?

Stu Phillips calls it The Valuation Trap and also “the hot button of the week” in his most recent post on Soaring on Ridgelift. I call it surprising, counterintuitive and, therefore, more interesting and more important. For the record, I would have said the opposite of what he does. Here’s what he says: Never answer...

By Tim Berry |

Why Outsourcing Fundraising is a Bad Idea

Outsourcing fundraising is a bad idea

By Tim Berry |

Shareholder/Partnership Agreements: Prepare for the Worst and You Will Succeed

So you are starting a new business and you and your partners are really excited about the endless possibilities that await you. The last thing you want to think about is the worst-case scenario — the failure of the business or a partnership gone wrong. Failure to plan and lack of funding are both leading...

By Chad Barczak |

Plan for Ownership Changes with Shareholders

While diligently filing articles of incorporation and adopting bylaws, many corporate owners overlook a critical element of their business relationship: buy-sell, or buyout, provisions. By creating a shareholders’ agreement with buy-sell provisions, the owners of a small, privately held corporation can prepare for events that have been the downfall of more than a few successful...

By Nolo |

Plan for Changes in Partnership Ownership with a Buy-Sell Agreement

Many business partners overlook a critical element of their partnership agreement that can save them both money and angst: buy-sell provisions. When you create buy-sell, or buyout, provisions for your partnership agreement, you and your partners can prepare for events that have been the downfall of more than a few successful small businesses — namely,...

By Nolo |

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