Michelle Goodman

Michelle Goodman

Michelle Goodman is a Seattle-based freelance journalist and author of The Anti 9-to-5 Guide.

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Online Platform Connects Entrepreneurs with Local Lenders
Financing

Online Platform Connects Entrepreneurs with Local Lenders

SoMoLend has facilitated over 100 small-business loans totaling nearly $3.5 million.
Online Microlenders Offer Capital to Young Businesses
Bank Loans and Microloans

Online Microlenders Offer Capital to Young Businesses

An eBay merchant quadruples his revenue with help from an online microlender.
Crash Course in Business Plan Competitions
Your Business Plan

Crash Course in Business Plan Competitions

Business-plan competitions can yield more than seed money for your bright idea -- they can also connect you with mentors, collaborators and investors.
Franchisors Offer Their Own Financing Programs
Franchises

Franchisors Offer Their Own Financing Programs

Savvy systems offer financial help to their franchisees.
Anonymous Investors Offer a Lending Alternative
Financing

Anonymous Investors Offer a Lending Alternative

On peer-to-peer lending website Prosper, anonymous users raise money from anonymous investors, Kickstarter-style.
CrowdCheck Helps Startups Navigate Crowdfunding Laws
Startup Financing

CrowdCheck Helps Startups Navigate Crowdfunding Laws

Companies are lining up to help 'treps navigate new crowdfunding laws. Here's one to watch.
How to Determine Which Eco-Friendly Changes Your Business Should Make
Growth Strategies

How to Determine Which Eco-Friendly Changes Your Business Should Make

Some green improvements may not be worth the trouble or expense. Here's how to determine which changes will provide the greatest return on investment for your company.
7 Eco-Friendly Actions Will Save Your Business Money
New Ideas

7 Eco-Friendly Actions Will Save Your Business Money

Tips from the Green Business Bureau on saving the planet and your bottom line.
The Advantages of Seller Financing For Startups
Startup Financing

The Advantages of Seller Financing For Startups

Seller financing has advantages for both sides of a deal.
How to Persuade Your Boss to Fund Your Business Idea
Startup Basics

How to Persuade Your Boss to Fund Your Business Idea

Intrapreneurs are launching businesses within -- and with the help of -- their places of employment.
How to Jump-Start Your Business With an Accelerator Program
Startup Financing

How to Jump-Start Your Business With an Accelerator Program

Two entrepreneurs fast-tracked their startup with help form Launchpad LA.
Two Young Entrepreneurs Get Their Hands Dirty With Urban Farming
Young Entrepreneurs

Two Young Entrepreneurs Get Their Hands Dirty With Urban Farming

An urban byproduct plants the seed for a big business.
Small Business Strategies for Managing Rising Health-Care Costs
Compensation and Benefits

Small Business Strategies for Managing Rising Health-Care Costs

Ballooning premiums and shifting government regulations can make dealing with employee health insurance a nightmare, here's how to cope.
How Podio Brought in Revenue Before Even Finalizing its Product
Startup Financing

How Podio Brought in Revenue Before Even Finalizing its Product

Selling subscriptions during the development phase allowed the company to pay the rent, and what you can learn from it.
The Outlook for SBA Franchise Loans
Magazine

The Outlook for SBA Franchise Loans

While it's still a challenging environment to secure financing, it's not all doom and gloom. Here are tips for franchisees trying to land a loan.
Case Study: How a Merchant Cash Advance Worked in a Pinch
Managing Cash Flow

Case Study: How a Merchant Cash Advance Worked in a Pinch

A last-minute shortfall led a restaurateur to a speedy merchant cash advance in exchange for a cut of future sales.
Microloans Make a Macro Difference
Bank Loans and Microloans

Microloans Make a Macro Difference

A Texas businesswoman fetched the amount she needed to open an eco-friendly pet store
Paying for Tech Help With Future Royalties
Cash Flow & Money Management

Paying for Tech Help With Future Royalties

An entrepreneur sees the funding light when she agrees to pay her engineer in royalties based on future sales.
How Living Lean Helped One Startup Get Off the Ground
Money Basics

How Living Lean Helped One Startup Get Off the Ground

To save the cash she needed to launch her new beauty product, Brandy Jans traded her pricey Manhattan digs for room and board with Mom and Dad.
A Starbucks Initiative to Brew Up U.S. Jobs
Financing

A Starbucks Initiative to Brew Up U.S. Jobs

An initiative by Starbucks and Opportunity Finance Network is pouring small-business funding into private lending institutions
Using Barter to Help a Business Succeed
Growth Strategies

Using Barter to Help a Business Succeed

Fish vendor Mack Chaffin joined a bartering group to subsidize the marketing services he needed to grow his business.
Tips for Finding a Franchise Loan
Franchise 500

Tips for Finding a Franchise Loan

SBA franchise loans are on the rise, but you still need seed money and a carefully honed business plan. The SBA's Steve Smits provides advice.
Starting a Business to Fund Your Startup Idea
Self-Financing Your Startup

Starting a Business to Fund Your Startup Idea

With their dream venture as motivation, Nate Casey and his partners opened a web-consulting firm to raise capital.
How to Bootstrap Your Business
Startup Basics

How to Bootstrap Your Business

Starting up a business is a full-time job. So how do you manage it when you already have a full-time job? Here's how a few entrepreneurs juggled both to payoff.
How Winning Contests Helped a Startup Beyond the Launch
Your Business Plan

How Winning Contests Helped a Startup Beyond the Launch

Kris Appel launched and developed her medical device company using the cash and services she won in business plan competitions
Financing a Second Startup on Cash Flow of Your First
Financing

Financing a Second Startup on Cash Flow of Your First

With the success of one startup, Kiha Lee financed another.
Crowdfunding Case Study: How appbackr Worked for Popvox
Financing

Crowdfunding Case Study: How appbackr Worked for Popvox

Within two months of posting their app in the appbackr marketplace, Popvox had raised the five figures needed to get its mobile project off the ground.
Digital Agency Launches its Own Successful Mobile App
Success Stories

Digital Agency Launches its Own Successful Mobile App

Two co-workers convinced their boss to nurture a location-based app in-house.
Go Union: How I Got My Funding
Magazine

Go Union: How I Got My Funding

Gary Hicks, president and CEO of SkillSniper.com, describes how he secured financing from a credit union to launch his job-hunting site.
Direct Sales: Golden Opportunity or Hype?
Business Ideas

Direct Sales: Golden Opportunity or Hype?

Selling door-to-door can be big business. We explore the pros and cons.

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