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Get Your Business Funded: Creative Methods for Getting the Money You Need

Book Description

Explore the many options available to get the money you need for your business

Whether your business is a new start-up, an established company attempting to grow, or somewhere in between, Get Your Business Funded gives you the full range of options for raising capital in today's challenging economy.

Covering everything from bank loans to angel investors to equity financing to more unorthodox methods, this complete guide uses clear, easy-to-understand language to explain each approach.

  • Divided into two sections: "Sources and Funding" and "What You Need to Know"
  • Explains such unorthodox financing sources as peer-to-peer lending, online grants, business plan competitions, and the "friends and family plan"
  • Reveals untapped funding streams available through the government
  • Follows on the success of the author's previous work The Small Business Bible

Pick up this reader-friendly guide and discover the many ways you can Get Your Business Funded right now.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. About the Author
  7. Introduction
  8. Overview: Understanding the Funding Process
    1. What Works?
  9. Section 1: The Traditional Route
    1. Chapter 1: Personal Assets
      1. Using Personal Assets
      2. Savings
      3. Investments
      4. Inheritance
      5. Life Insurance Options
      6. Other Options
    2. Chapter 2: Bank Loans
      1. Overview
      2. Loan Basics
      3. The Application Process
      4. Increasing Your Chances of Getting Funded
    3. Chapter 3: SBA Loans
      1. SBA Loans
      2. Types of SBA Loans
      3. Applying for an SBA Loan
    4. Chapter 4: Equity Line of Credit
      1. Equity Lines of Credit
      2. How It Works
    5. Chapter 5: Credit Cards
      1. Credit Cards and Your Business
      2. Using Your Own Credit Cards for Business
      3. Using Business Credit Cards
      4. Avoiding Common Credit Card Problems
    6. Chapter 6: The Friends and Family Plan
      1. The Ubiquitous Option
      2. The Good News
      3. The Bad News
      4. How to Approach a Family Member
      5. Structuring the Deal
    7. Chapter 7: Angel Investors
      1. What Do Angels Look For?
      2. Where to Find Angel Investors
      3. Pitching Angels
      4. The Term Sheet
    8. Chapter 8: Venture Capital
      1. Overview
      2. The Funding Process
      3. Finding Venture Capitalists
      4. The Pitch
    9. Chapter 9: The Initial Public Offering (IPO)
      1. Overview
      2. 1. Choose an Investment Banker and Other Professionals
      3. 2. Create and Submit the Registration Documents
      4. 3. Go on the Road Show
      5. 4. Value the Shares
      6. 5. Sell, Sell, Sell!
  10. Section II: Using Your Own Resources
    1. Chapter 10: Factoring
      1. Understanding the Players and Terms
      2. Factoring Factors
      3. Where and How to Find Factoring Companies
      4. Dealing with International Goods
    2. Chapter 11: Retirement Accounts
      1. Risks
      2. Using Your Individual Retirement Account (IRA)
      3. Using Your 401(k)
  11. Section III: Other Options
    1. Chapter 12: Government Options
      1. Federal Grants
      2. State Grants
      3. Applying for a Grant
      4. Government Loans and Funds
      5. Community Development Financial Institutions
    2. Chapter 13: Partnerships
      1. General Partnerships Generally
      2. Silent Partners
      3. Limited Partnerships
      4. Partnerships Agreements
    3. Chapter 14: Mergers and Strategic Alliances
      1. Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)
      2. Strategic Alliances
  12. Section IV: Creative Online Options
    1. Chapter 15: Peer-to-Peer Lending
      1. How P2P Lending Works
      2. Fees and Costs
      3. Pros and Cons
      4. Where to Go from Here?
    2. Chapter 16: Crowdfunding
      1. Crowdfunding is Different
      2. Crowdfunding Sites
      3. Pros and Cons
      4. Crowdfunding Tips
  13. Section V: Other Creative Options
    1. Chapter 17: Microfinance
      1. Microlending in the United States
      2. The Players
    2. Chapter 18: Royalty and Revenue Sharing
      1. Royalty Financing
      2. Pros and Cons
      3. Additional Points to Consider
    3. Chapter 19: Supplier, Wholesaler, and Franchisor Financing
      1. Supplier and Wholesaler Financing
      2. Trade Credit
      3. Franchisor Financing
    4. Chapter 20: Seller Financing
      1. Seller Financing
      2. Seller Financing Deals Explained
      3. What's in It for the Seller?
      4. What's in It for the Buyer?
      5. Finding a Seller Who Is Willing to Finance a Business
      6. The Seller Financing Deal
    5. Chapter 21: Business Plan Competitions and Other Contests
      1. How Business Plan Competitions Work
      2. Finding Business Plan Competitions
      3. How to Win a Business Plan Competition
      4. Other Competitions
  14. Section VI: In-Kind Contributions
    1. Chapter 22: Business Incubators
      1. Business Incubators
      2. Getting into an Incubator
      3. How It Works
    2. Chapter 23: Barter
      1. Barter Bucks
      2. Barter Benefits
      3. Brands of Barter
      4. The Barter Trail
  15. Appendix: The Business Plan
    1. 1.0 Executive Summary
    2. 2.0 Company Summary
    3. 3.0 Services
    4. 4.0 Market Analysis Summary
    5. 5.0 Strategy and Implementation Summary
    6. 6.0 Management Summary
    7. 7.0 Financial Plan
  16. Index