How can I find the right person or program to help me get out of debt?
My fashion shop is in debt but I don't want to sell. I know I can make the money back, but it is hard to find an investor. Even if I sell everything, I still cannot pay my debts. I am running out of things to sell, but have no money to buy new lines with because of bills that need paying. My debt is topping $25,000.You are not in an enviable position. I'm also not clear on how you "know" you can make the money back when your liabilities exceed your assets and you have not mentioned any other sources of capital (e.g., personal savings, family loan, credit lines) that can help you get past this difficult time. There are consultants known as "turnaround specialists" or "corporate renewal" consultants. You can find out more about the kind of work they do through the Turnaround Management Association (www.turnaround.org), which may be able to provide you with referrals to experts in your geographic or industry area. However, they will expect to be paid for their services--whether directly or as a percentage of the funds they are able to raise for you, so be sure to factor that into your calculations.
Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. is an award-winning New York City attorney, edutainer and author. Under her Ask The Business Lawyer brand, she reaches thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners with her legal services, professional speaking, information products, and LexAppeal weekly ezine. She also writes the Making It Legal blog.