Kate Lister

Kate Lister is a former banker, small-business investor and veteran entrepreneur. Her books and websites include Finding Money: The Small Business Guide to Financing and Undress For Success: The Naked Truth About Making Money at Home.

14 Recent Stories

The Myth of the Business Plan
Your Business Plan

The Myth of the Business Plan

Don't fall prey to analysis by paralysis. Writing a business plan isn't all it's cracked up to be. If you're agonizing over a written plan, your time might be better spent talking to potential custome
A Primer on Cash-Flow Projections
Managing Cash Flow

A Primer on Cash-Flow Projections

Regular cash flow projections can keep creditors at bay--and go a long way toward ensuring the good health of your business
Should You Tap a Nest Egg to Start a Business?
Financing

Should You Tap a Nest Egg to Start a Business?

Is funding your startup with your retirement savings ill-advised or smart investing?
SBA and Government Funding

The Myth of Government Grants

Many government grants are available for small businesses, but research carefully.
Venture Capital

The Three Questions Venture Capital Investors Will Ask

You'll still have to convince venture capitalists that your brilliant inventions aren't a waste of time.
Myth of the Business Plan
Your Business Plan

Myth of the Business Plan

Writing one is largely a joke. Seriously.
Selling Equity: A High-Stakes Game
Venture and Angel Investors

Selling Equity: A High-Stakes Game

Sidestepping the traps of equity fund-raising
The Numbers That Matter
Financing

The Numbers That Matter

Here's a secret: Bankers don't actually read financial statements -- at least, not at first. Here's what they do look at.
What the Banker Found
Bank and Other Loans

What the Banker Found

Keep meticulous financial records from Day One, or pay the price later.
The World of Crowd Funding
Startup Financing

The World of Crowd Funding

What if total strangers gave you money to start a business and didn't even ask to be paid back? At IndieGoGo.com, they just might.
Making the Most of Freelance Talent
Managing Employees

Making the Most of Freelance Talent

Almost every company in America is outsourcing at least part of its work--but not always getting the results it needs. Here's how to do it right.
Cash Flow & Money Management

Is That a Business Credit Card in Your Wallet?

If it is, forget the Credit Card Act--you're as vulnerable as ever to sky-high rates, erratic billing and unexpected fees.
The Easiest Way to Raise Money
Self-Financing

The Easiest Way to Raise Money

It's simple: Don't spend it. Here are 10 ways entrepreneurs waste their hard-earned capital.
Startup Financing

The $48,000 Question

Where, exactly, do startups get their money? The answer may surprise you.

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