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Kate Lister

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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

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
October 10, 2011 in Your Business Plan
A Primer on Cash-Flow Projections

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
April 26, 2011 in Managing Cash Flow
Should You Tap a Nest Egg to Start a Business?

Should You Tap a Nest Egg to Start a Business?

Is funding your startup with your retirement savings ill-advised or smart investing?
March 22, 2011 in Financing

The Myth of Government Grants

Many government grants are available for small businesses, but research carefully.
February 22, 2011 in SBA and Government Funding

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.
January 25, 2011 in Venture Capital
Myth of the Business Plan

Myth of the Business Plan

Writing one is largely a joke. Seriously.
December 20, 2010 in Your Business Plan
Selling Equity: A High-Stakes Game

Selling Equity: A High-Stakes Game

Sidestepping the traps of equity fund-raising
November 23, 2010 in Venture and Angel Investors
The Numbers That Matter

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.
October 20, 2010 in Financing
What the Banker Found

What the Banker Found

Keep meticulous financial records from Day One, or pay the price later.
September 21, 2010 in Bank and Other Loans
The World of Crowd Funding

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.
August 24, 2010 in Startup Financing
Making the Most of Freelance Talent

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.
July 30, 2010 in Managing Employees

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.
July 16, 2010 in Cash Flow & Money Management
The Easiest Way to Raise Money

The Easiest Way to Raise Money

It's simple: Don't spend it. Here are 10 ways entrepreneurs waste their hard-earned capital.
June 21, 2010 in Self-Financing

The $48,000 Question

Where, exactly, do startups get their money? The answer may surprise you.
May 13, 2010 in Startup Financing