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.

The Myth of the Business Plan
Starting a Business

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 customers.
A Primer on Cash-Flow Projections
Finance

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?
Finance

Should You Tap a Nest Egg to Start a Business?

Is funding your startup with your retirement savings ill-advised or smart investing?
Finance

The Myth of Government Grants

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

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
Starting a Business

Myth of the Business Plan

Writing one is largely a joke. Seriously.
Selling Equity: A High-Stakes Game
Starting a Business

Selling Equity: A High-Stakes Game

Sidestepping the traps of equity fund-raising
The Numbers That Matter
Starting a Business

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
Starting a Business

What the Banker Found

Keep meticulous financial records from Day One, or pay the price later.
The World of Crowd Funding
Starting a Business

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
Growth Strategies

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.
Finance

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
Starting a Business

The Easiest Way to Raise Money

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

The $48,000 Question

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