Category: Business Funding

When you are in need of some working capital for your business or a round of funding for a new business stage, getting your hands on that cash can be much harder than it should be. It usually takes much more work and perseverance than just going down to your bank and asking for a small business loan. It can be an arduous and exhausting process to track down the right funding. When you do not have either the time or the expertise to do that, you might consider hiring a lending advisor. A lending […]

Small businesses provide the majority of new job creation for our nation and yet pulling together the funding to become a successful, job-generating company can be very challenging. Small business loans are among the most desirable forms of financing a growing firm, but only about 20 percent to 25 percent of small business loan applications are approved on average. If your company is looking to secure some working capital from a traditional lender, here are five ways to put your best foot forward. 1. […]

Many young and growing businesses need business loans to take their companies to the next level. However, these fledgling firms may not have the collateral traditionally usually employed to secure a standard small business loan. Or they may be unwilling to pledge those assets. In this situation, an unsecured loan may be the right choice. Although no business collateral is required, often a personal guarantee is. Here is what you need to know about this clause before signing: A personal guarantee […]

Acquiring venture capital can be a huge boost for a fledgling business or one ready to move on to the next level. Venture capital is notoriously difficult to obtain however and entrepreneurs are always eager for tips on wooing VCs. A recent study headed by Stanford finance professor Ilya A. Strebulaev got to the bottom of what matters most to venture capitalists when it comes to investing in a new company. The study call “How Do Venture Capitalists Make Decisions?” surveyed 885 venture capital […]

When your business needs some capital, a small business loan can be an excellent source of funding. If you have no collateral to offer or do not want to tie the loan to any collateral, lenders will look for other guarantees of repayment. There two possible choices: a personal guarantee or a business lien. A personal guarantee is usually the choice when there is only business owner or the company is new and un-established. Business liens can come in a variety of forms and are generally tied to the […]

When you apply for a business loan, you may feel like the bank’s approval process is like a black box of secretive decisions. While every lender may have a few unique lending criteria, in general all lenders will take four factors into account when choosing which loans to approve. Cash Flow Lenders are going to decide if your business is worthy of a loan based on the inflow and outflow of cash from your business bank account. The bank will want to see a high average daily balance, a significant […]

Small business in the U.S. are responsible for the creation of two-thirds of the new jobs added to the economy each year. And yet, for these small businesses to continue hiring and growing, finding the business funding can be a challenge. Many big banks and lenders have no interest in making business loans under $250,000 – the cost of underwriting small loans is barely worth the profits on them. In these situations, microloans can be the best solution. A microloan, according to the Small Business […]

When starting a brand-new business, coming up with all the necessary financing can be a challenge. Most banks will not consider startups for small business loans and without a business credit history it can be difficult to get funding from alternative lenders as well. One option for procuring working capital that startup entrepreneurs can consider is bootstrapping by consulting as a side job. Startups often require money for equipment, retail space, employee salaries, or inventory. Taking on a […]

No new business is devoid of setbacks and challenges. Even companies that go on to make millions of sales and find great success often make many mistakes in the early stages. While some business knowledge can only be learned the hard way, there are a few mistakes that can be avoided by learning from others’ experiences. Here are a three of the top financial mistakes to avoid as a fledging company: 1. Not Having a Cash-Flow Plan Becoming successful takes more than just opening the doors or placing […]

When your business is ready for that next round of funding, you might start looking for angel investors or venture capitalists to help finance your growth. However, the terms are not synonymous – even though they both contribute to your business funding, their motivations and roles are often very different. Here are a few of the main differences: Pay Schedule Venture capitalists (VCs) work for a group of professional investors who all contribute a portion of money to fund many projects. VCs […]