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    8 Replies Latest reply on Oct 24, 2009 8:03 AM by SBC Team

    startup funding

    jayben Wayfarer
      i was wondering what what is the best way to raise the startup capital one needs to startup a business? and what is the best way to present to private investors so that they will be willing to support your business?
        • Re: startup funding
          Tracker

          Have you created your business plan including financial projections?

           


          If you have not done that yet, the best starting point for you is to get what you want to do down on paper. Developing your business plan helps you to make your dream a reality; but only if you work at it to do the things necessary to reach your goal. A good business plan is something that funding sources and/or prospective investors are going to want to see so that should be your priority at this point.

           


          Once you have your plan done, if it is solid and the business a viable opportunity and if you have good credit you may be able to get bank funding if you have the right collateral that they'll probably want. You also may be able to find a local "Angel" investor who would provide some funding for you. You can search online for "angel investors" and you will find a number of resources and web sites that will help you find angel investors. Though most Angels that you find that way may be more interested in high growth businesses and larger transactions. Your best bet may be to check locally for smaller "angel" type investors that want to put smaller amounts of money into a business of your type.

           


          In general, Business Plans consist of the following:

           


          • Executive Summary
          • Market Opportunity
          • Vision, Mission, & Objectives
          • Management
          • Business Strategy
          • Competition
          • Risk
          • Financial Plan/Capital Requirements
          • Summary
          • Financial Projections (pro formas)

           


          As Luckiest (here on the SBOC site) says, SCORE is a good organization to help entrepreneurs with planning and launching their business. You may want to discuss that with Luckiest, as he is a SCORE counselor.

           


          Once you have your plan done, if it is solid and the business a viable opportunity and if you have good credit you may be able to get bank funding if you have the right collateral that they'll probably want. You also may be able to find a local "Angel" investor who would provide some funding for you. You can search online for "angel investors" and you will find a number of resources and web sites that will help you find angel investors. Most Angels that you find that way may be more interested in high growth businesses and larger transactions. If your venture is not that type, then your best bet may be to check locally for smaller "angel" type investors that want to put smaller amounts of money into a business of your type.

           


          As for additional education on starting and running a business. There is a lot of good information and "business start-up" help to be found on this site from some of the professionals that participate in the community. Do a search for that and read more to get additional feedback that will help you.

           


          Good luck and best wishes to you,

           

          Dennis Lowery
          Adducent, Inc.

          • Re: startup funding
            LUCKIEST Guide
            startup funding,

            *If you want to raise money to finance a new business you need a business plan*<!--Session data-->
              • Re: startup funding
                Dtschaedel Newbie
                I have a business plan, but the only piece I believe and know that is missing from it is the projection of expenses and revenues. I'm wanting to start up a stables, I've been working with a SCORE counselor some, but I'm stuck on how I'm supposed to project how much revenue and expenses the business will be incurring in 3 years. I think, for a stables/farm, it's hard to project because you wouldn't know how many customers you would have attracted. Any advice for me?
                  • Re: startup funding
                    Tracker
                    Some of my clients have used data from BizMiner to get a breakdown of operating expenses and market data for their target business/industry. They provide industry data on 16,000 industries and are fairly inexpensive.

                    I did a quick check and they have reports on Stables (both riding and racing). Go to their site at: http://www.bizminer.com/search_all.asp and enter "stables" as the search keyword. Their reports might help you out with some baseline numbers to use in your business plan.

                    Dennis Lowery
                    Adducent, Inc.
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                      DomainDiva Ranger
                      Projections are used to tell the prospective investor that YOU UNDERSTAND your business model and how it makes money.

                      I had a hard time with this as well until I saw an article by Brad Feld in Entrepreneur.
                  • Re: startup funding
                    Tracker

                    jayben:

                     


                    There are various ways to raise start-up capital. I recommend that you seek out a community member here that goes by the nickname "phanio" who has excellent advice for what you need to secure funds and sources for those funds.

                     


                    Typically, you will need a business plan. Not all investors may require a complete formal plan. Some may only request to see your Executive Summary and Financials, however I recommend that you still complete a plan. Even if investors don't require all the details, you will have a better grasp of what is possible for your business idea as well as set appropriate goals and strategies.

                     


                    If you don't have a plan and aren't familiar with the format, I have a free page on my site to help you out. Here is the link:

                     


                    http://thesologuide.com/planning/

                     


                    Hope this helps.

                     


                    Doug Dolan

                     

                    The Solopreneur's Guide

                     

                    http://thesologuide.com/
                    • Re: startup funding
                      jayben Wayfarer
                      wow!! those are some great ideas. i appreciate all of the feedback
                      • Re: startup funding
                        SBC Team Guide
                        Lots of great feedback! Thanks community.