What Do Investors Really Want?

What Do Investors Really Want?

Some questions you might be wondering about investors are how safe it is to pitch your business idea to an investor and if you should send out market research surveys prior to approaching an investor. Are they looking for new ideas so that they can create businesses of their own or looking for you to prove your idea will work? The first step is to answer those questions and then we get into the mind of the investor.

How to Negotiate an Investment Deal

How to Negotiate an Investment Deal

For those who are seeking funding to start or grow a new business, pitching the idea and plan to potential investors is a critical step. Understand what works and does not work with an investor who has been through it before is important. Carefully managing power dynamics is crucial to getting the terms you want and need. Today we are discussing some points on how to negotiate an investment deal.

5 Lessons for Bootstrappers on Dealing with Banks

5 Lessons for Bootstrappers on Dealing with Banks

If you are going to run and grow your business without a lot of other people’s money, then you should get used to dealing with bankers. Today we discuss tips on banks, bankers, and banking for bootstrappers.

What Lenders Look for in a Business Plan

What Lenders Look for in a Business Plan

A business plan is the foundation of your business. It shows the vision and mission and serves as a road map as you move forward with your business. A business plan is one of the most important documents you will ever create. It is an invaluable tool when it comes time to apply for a business loan. What lenders look for in a business plan might surprise you but knowing what they want will improve your chances of getting the money you need to continue to drive your business forward.

Overview of People in the SBA Lending Process

Overview of People in the SBA Lending Process

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is one of the most popular sources and tools for small business owners. Their lending programs, especially the SBA 504 program, makes it possible for all types of small businesses to secure the funds needed to grow the business. It takes a lot of people to successfully secure and close and SBA loan. Knowing who they are and how the work together empowers both lenders and borrowers by helping them identify key partners and opportunities. The following are the key people involved in the SBA lending processes.

What You Need to Know About Business Interest Deductions

What You Need to Know About Business Interest Deductions

When it comes to your taxes, interest is a deductible expense for your business. This is great news for those business owners who have taken out a loan to grow the business with interest added on top. However, it is important to note that there are limitations and restrictions as to how these deductions can be applied depending on how business loans are used.

How Debt Covenants Work

How Debt Covenants Work

A covenant is a formal agreement found in contracts and today we will explore what a debt covenant is and how they are beneficial for borrowers. Covenants are often put in place by lenders to protect themselves from borrowers defaulting on their obligations due to financial actions detrimental to themselves or the business.

The Best Financing Options for Your Business

The Best Financing Options for Your Business

Whether you are just getting started or have been in business for a few years, every business at some time will need some financial help. You might outgrow your space, your equipment may break down, or maybe you want to invest in infrastructure. No matter the reason it is nice to know that you have options when it comes to financing your business.

A Brief Introduction to the SBA Loan Programs

A Brief Introduction to the SBA Loan Programs

Small businesses are essential in the U.S economy because they create jobs and add new and innovative products and services to the market.

Top Hidden Costs of Starting a Business

Top Hidden Costs of Starting a Business

It can be exciting to start up a new business but developing a business plan that has an accurate budget can be daunting. A good rule of thumb is calculating your first-year budget as accurately as possible in your business plan and add 20% onto this amount. You will be able to use this money on unexpected expenses that will pop up throughout the year. There are many hidden costs of running a business that can come up very quickly and unexpectedly.