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Start up Funding Made Easy

equsionequsion subscriber Posts: 1
edited February 2009 in Startup Funding
I wanted to start this thread to help people find funding for new business ideas. My company specializes in just that. I wanted to know what some of the issues people were having with finding funding.  Are you of you just getting rejected by the banks or is it a matter of you need a better buisness plan?   What is the main obstical in todays market? 


  • robertjrobertj subscriber Posts: 0 Member
    Acquiring Capital for a business isn`t "easy" - but it isn`t rocket science nor brain surgery either.
    We beleive that almost anyone can acquire capital, but virtually everyone needs:

    A Plan (not a business plan)
    A Process 

    While there is are many details in each of these areas - many of the folks we see have skipped to number 4 because they beleive that the idea is so valuable that all they have to do is "find the right investor" .
  • robertjrobertj subscriber Posts: 0 Member
    Certainly having some assets makes things a bit simpler. Cash is, of course, the most liquid, flexible and definable asset. There are others that can & will make the situation more attractive to capital sources. For example - customers.
    On the other hand, I`ve observed many an entrepreneur who because they used their own money and had a lot of it - never developed the disciplines which are critical to creating a successful (profitable) company.
  • robertjrobertj subscriber Posts: 0 Member
    The professional investor, who really understands the entrepreneurial side, seeks a balance somewhere between:
    1. The entrepreneur has nothing invested, is thus not committed and can "walk away when things get tough.
    2. The entrepreneur is in so deep that their personal finances will be a distraction and not allow them to fully focus on the business or worse cause them to seek other means of generating income.
  • robertjrobertj subscriber Posts: 0 Member
    Balance in life - so "simple" in concept, yet challenging in execution!
  • MattTurpinMattTurpin subscriber Posts: 22
    I think the root of the problem is that people who are looking to start their own businesses probably aren`t happy in their current jobs. You have unhappy people who see a light at the end of the tunnel. It`s only natural to want to run instead of walk. We`ve been in hell for so long, and heaven is finally in sight. That`s my situation, and I`m sure I`m not alone. Though, I`m satisfying the planning and preparation steps 110%. I`m unsure what exactly the "process" step entails, but as I`m not leaping foolishly into anything, I aim to fulfill it as best I can. I want my business ASAP, but I won`t ruin my future to get it. It`s hard being eager and intelligent at the same time. Sometimes I find I alternate.
    MattTurpin2/21/2009 2:57 PM
  • MattTurpinMattTurpin subscriber Posts: 22
    I`m reminded of a scene from The Mummy, starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weiss.
    Zombie people are closing in on the heroes while Rachel`s character Evee is trying to translate some heiroglyphics. Brendan`s character Rick says something to the effect of: "We need to go now," and Evee replies, "Patience is a virtue..." to which Rick wisely answers, "Not right now it isn`t."Patience is a virtue. Too much patience is a vice. Sometimes, it`s better to act fast and think later. Hamlet learned this all too late. 
  • robertjrobertj subscriber Posts: 0 Member
    Good point - but the key is having the wisdom (or trusted advisors) so you will be clear on when to apply which virtue.
    robertj2/21/2009 3:54 PM
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