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.
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You'll still have to convince venture capitalists that your brilliant inventions aren't a waste of time.
Writing one is largely a joke. Seriously.
Sidestepping the traps of equity fund-raising
Here's a secret: Bankers don't actually read financial statements -- at least, not at first. Here's what they do look at.
Keep meticulous financial records from Day One, or pay the price later.
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.
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.
If it is, forget the Credit Card Act--you're as vulnerable as ever to sky-high rates, erratic billing and unexpected fees.
It's simple: Don't spend it. Here are 10 ways entrepreneurs waste their hard-earned capital.
Where, exactly, do startups get their money? The answer may surprise you.