Michelle Goodman is a Seattle-based freelance journalist and author of The Anti 9-to-5 Guide.
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SoMoLend has facilitated over 100 small-business loans totaling nearly $3.5 million.
Your Business Plan
Business-plan competitions can yield more than seed money for your bright idea -- they can also connect you with mentors, collaborators and investors.
Savvy systems offer financial help to their franchisees.
On peer-to-peer lending website Prosper, anonymous users raise money from anonymous investors, Kickstarter-style.
Companies are lining up to help 'treps navigate new crowdfunding laws. Here's one to watch.
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.
Tips from the Green Business Bureau on saving the planet and your bottom line.
Seller financing has advantages for both sides of a deal.
Intrapreneurs are launching businesses within -- and with the help of -- their places of employment.
Two entrepreneurs fast-tracked their startup with help form Launchpad LA.
Compensation and Benefits
Ballooning premiums and shifting government regulations can make dealing with employee health insurance a nightmare, here's how to cope.
Selling subscriptions during the development phase allowed the company to pay the rent, and what you can learn from it.
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.
Managing Cash Flow
A last-minute shortfall led a restaurateur to a speedy merchant cash advance in exchange for a cut of future sales.
Bank Loans and Microloans
A Texas businesswoman fetched the amount she needed to open an eco-friendly pet store
Cash Flow & Money Management
An entrepreneur sees the funding light when she agrees to pay her engineer in royalties based on future sales.
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.
An initiative by Starbucks and Opportunity Finance Network is pouring small-business funding into private lending institutions
Fish vendor Mack Chaffin joined a bartering group to subsidize the marketing services he needed to grow his business.
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.
Self-Financing Your Startup
With their dream venture as motivation, Nate Casey and his partners opened a web-consulting firm to raise capital.
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.
Your Business Plan
Kris Appel launched and developed her medical device company using the cash and services she won in business plan competitions
With the success of one startup, Kiha Lee financed another.
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.
Two co-workers convinced their boss to nurture a location-based app in-house.
Gary Hicks, president and CEO of SkillSniper.com, describes how he secured financing from a credit union to launch his job-hunting site.
Selling door-to-door can be big business. We explore the pros and cons.