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What do you do when your money runs out? Where can you go for funding? Will you be able to raise enough capital to get you where you need to go? How fast will it take to raise the cash, and will you be able to do so before your funds dwindle? When starting a business you need to
Starting your own business is a great achievement, but it can also be a solitary one. As the “Chief Everything Officer,” everything rests on your shoulders—sales, marketing, business admin, information technology, taxes, accounting and keeping pace with business laws and
I am very optimistic about 2013. There are several indicators that suggest this new year will bring greater economic growth and opportunity. The climate is still challenging, however, for startups, there are lots of appealing trends. If you’re like me, you’ve been reading all about
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Note: This month I am passing on the advice of SCORE mentor, angel investor and CFO extraordinaire, Hal Shelton. Hal’s 11 commandments for writing a business plan extract the most important thinking and actions of the business plan process. Click here for commandments focusing on the
If you want yourself and your business concept to be taken seriously, avoid these commonly-seen mistakes in your business plan. Unrealistic Assumptions 1. Market share too high for a startup, e.g. 10%. 2. Starting three lines of business at once, rather than succeeding at one before
Life experience as well as research studies have indicated that successful small business planners must set realistic goals and plan how they are going to reach them.  Planning helps you to work smarter rather than harder. It keeps you future-oriented and motivates you to achieve the results
If you’re like most small business owners, email marketing is just one part of what you’re doing while running your business. There’s a lot on your plate and you’re wearing many different hats. So it’s no surprise that finding the time for email marketing can
Note: This month I am passing on the advice of SCORE mentor, angel investor and CFO extraordinaire, Hal Shelton. Hal’s 11 commandments for writing a business plan extract the most important thinking and actions of the business plan process. Click here for commandments on focusing on the
Developing realistic and consistent financial forecasts is one of the main purposes of a business plan. Presenting those financials clearly and succinctly is almost as hard as developing them. This article provides some tips for both challenges. Developing the Financials Keep a list of the

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