Archive for the ‘Finding finance’ Category

What will make my business more attractive to Investors?

Friday, October 6, 2017 14:28 1 Comment

Investors have a lot of choice and you are in competition with all other investment opportunities, the final decision on which gets investment will be those with the best combination of good sustainable profit and lowest risk. That may not be the highest profit, or the least risk, but an acceptable (to that Investor) mixture [...]

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Types of Business Funding

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 12:06 No Comments

Do you need funding? Start-up businesses often think that they need to find an investor. We only have to read in the papers about the latest internet billionaire to know that big funding means big success. Yet most businesses can get going, or even grow without external investment. It depends on the amount required to [...]

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Good reasons for the use of Business Angel investment

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 11:30 No Comments

One of the key bits of information that Business Angels or Investors into a venture will want to see is how the funds are going to be used. I’ve seen every possible use given, from the perfectly sensible – “product development”, to the unlikely to succeed – “no one will lend to me any more [...]

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Make your business scalable – the Investor holy grail

Thursday, November 12, 2015 12:09 No Comments

Firstly let me say what I mean by scalable. That each new customer produces additional revenue for very little addition cost. Think of software for example, once the costs of developing and producing the first copy are met, each additional sale of the software has minimal costs.  Whereas a service orientated business such as consulting [...]

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The difference between a Business Partner and an Investor

Friday, August 21, 2015 16:59 1 Comment

Company Partners provide access to both Business Partners and Investors so what is the difference and when would you have one but not the other? Certainly an Investor is a business partner of sorts and can bring many of the benefits of a business partner. A Business Partner could in some circumstances end up investing [...]

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What is due-diligence and how do I do it?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 10:53 1 Comment

Due-diligence needs thinking about for Investors when they are about to embark on an investment. However it’s just as applicable for those who are seeking investment to check out a potential Investor. In both cases you should verify that the person, business and facts as stated are correct. That’s not being mistrustful it’s just being [...]

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Don’t make this mistake in your first conversation with a potential business partner or Investor

Sunday, March 1, 2015 10:52 3 Comments

You don’t know when you might bump into or be talking to a useful contact, business partner or even potential Investor. This first conversation is your best chance to impress and could determine whether you get a second more detailed conversation or meeting. So grab the chance to explain your business, or idea, in a [...]

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Are you ready for investment?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 12:45 No Comments

Being investment ready is key to getting funding. Yet when talking to entrepreneurs they often have not taken the time to think it through. You are up against a lot of competition for business investment. Some may be better prepared than you to give the potential Investor confidence that his investment will be well spent [...]

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The right management team for funding

Thursday, September 25, 2014 18:26 No Comments

Many of the people that I’ve talked to recently are individuals, they have a need for funding to start-up or to get greater growth, so they are talking to me about finding investment. After asking about what they have done to prove the concept and reduce the risk to an Investor, the next thing that [...]

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Sales and Marketing Plans

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 19:30 No Comments

 Whether you’re writing a business plan, or simply want to make sure that your business has customers, you are going to need a sales plan and a marketing plan. Yes need. Not optional, not nice to have – need. First let’s get over the instinctive dread of the word plan. It doesn’t have to mean [...]

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