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Risk is the Startup Killer

Startups live on investments. However, investments only come when investors are satisfied that there isn’t a risk of their money being squandered, or outright disappearing. In this way, risk can be thought of as the “startup killer” – too much of it will make investors shy away, and in many cases it’s difficult or impossible…

Out with the Pitch

Pitches are great. You get dressed up, stand in front of a pair or more of judging eyes, and attempt to “sell” your venture in some variable length of time. Your PowerPoint deck will awe them, and your sparkling charisma and confidence will make them truly believe in your business! Actually, no. It won’t do…

Fishing for Investments the Smart Way

Investments are the incoming lifeblood of many businesses, most likely yours included. Growing from a startup to a massive success can be a golden ticket to a bright future, but among the almost 30 million small businesses out there, getting noticed is a big challenge. Fortunately, there are some tips I can give you in…

Plotting the Proper Exit

I’ve seen dozens of entrepreneurs spend many, many hours managing their companies’ operations to optimize efficiency, only to give little thought to planning how and when they could exit their business. This becomes a big problem when their retirement nest egg gets tangled up with the equity of their company. Owners looking to sell should…

SME Entrepreneurial Exit Strategies

Several patterns that were only common amongst large corporations in the past have now entered the realm of commonplace among SMEs (Small & Medium Enterprises). Entrepreneurs of today are much more prone to exit their businesses when the getting is good, very unlike previous generations who would remain as a point of personal honor. This…

Scaling Up – What Best Helps Female Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurial success often comes about by thinking big and scaling up properly. Most times, this comes from being able to access and manipulate the right resources, and for female entrepreneurs, this can mean the difference between success and failure. Some markets might unfairly be known as “men’s markets”, entrepreneurs included. Fortunately, for women who find…

The Biggest Bank Loan Words to Watch Out For

Most entrepreneurs are going to have to go through absolute horror to get needed capital for a growing business. Your worries are compounded when you already can’t pay your employees, vendors, and/or landlord. Unless you have a large stockpile of funds to draw from when your business hits a bump in the road, short-term bank…

How to Succeed with a Startup

Starting a new business, especially in this economy, is tough. This being said, it’s not impossible – just very difficult. Here are some ideas on how to make it easier: First off, timing is everything. There is a bad time and a good time to start your company. Look at competitors and your industry at…