Lessons in Funding for Entrepreneurs

Today’s entrepreneurs need to understand all aspects of their industry in order for their business to thrive. This includes financial funding as well as how to interact with investors and lenders that provide them with the early money and the ongoing cash flow support needed. Below is an analysis of some of the most important lessons gained by successful entrepreneurs who were able to find money when they most needed it.

Communicate Your Vision

VisionSuccessful companies are built on a meaningful vision. Trends come and go, but long-lasting companies have something more to put on the table than just a killer value proposition. They have a worthwhile and enduring vision that attracts strong capital partners with good connections in the earliest stages. Sometimes these connections become key employees and indispensable managers. If you want to build a strong organization, start with a strong mission statement and learn how to communicate it flawlessly.

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a way of raising money to fund a project or business opportunity through the use of an online platform. Crowdfunding empowers an organization to leverage the energy and resources of its existing affinity group however large or small it may be. With the crowdfunding model, a company builds up a fan base of support which it later can rely upon for financial support. Crowdfunding has proven to work as means of raising money to support any scalable business. The costs for launching a crowdfunding campaign are quite small compared to conventional methods of raising paid-in capital and is a way to get the general public involved in your enterprise without the onerous regulatory issues associated with selling stock to the public.

Credit Financing

Sometimes short-term credit or a business loan is just what an established organization needs to expand its business, replenish inventory, advertise, pay off debt, or liquidate a tax bill. For such purposes, dipping into savings or approaching friends and family for money might not be the wisest tactical decision. Traditional lenders often require collateral to backstop any credit extended. If a business owns the building it operates out of, this can be a feasible solution.
If collateral is not available, businesses must think creatively and find another solution. Those in retail sales can sometimes borrow against their present or future credit card sales, which is known as a “merchant cash advance”. It’s not suitable for every business owner, but is an option for those that qualify.

Accounts receivable financing is yet another way for business managers to quickly raise money by selling or borrowing against accounts receivable assets. Commonly known as “factoring“, it can be a convenient way for managers to raise needed cash.

Venture capitalists and new business developers both agree there is value in thinking about fund raising in a systematic way. This doesn’t mean the process ought to be entirely logical or analytical. It should also include a creative vision for the future of the business. Whatever goals management may have, their overall mission should allow them to position themselves so that these goals are in harmony with their long-range financial plans.

 

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