Business Startup Financing

Learn more about financing a business launch.

  • Starting a New Business on a Small Budget

    'Starting a New Business on a Small Budget' shares insights and lessons learned from a pair of successful entrepreneurs who started their own business on very limited funds.

  • Consider Pros and Cons Before Buying a Franchise

    'Buying a Franchise' relates the advantages and disadvantages of becoming a franchise owner, including such considerations as finding the right franchise, investigating a franchisor, and understanding the risks and limitations of a franchise agreement.

  • Managing Cash Flow Peaks and Valleys for a New Business

    When small business owners plan their cash flows, they usually assume that sales will occur on a regular basis. For example, if they estimate that they will have $120,000 in sales revenue, they typically presume that they will do roughly $10,000 per month in sales and plan accordingly.

  • Forecasting Sales for Your Startup Business page

    To get an accurate read on how much money you'll need to keep your business running in the first 90 days, you'll need to figure out how much revenue your business will produce in those 90 days. The greater the revenue, the less you'll have to come up with from your personal resources.

  • Case Study: Figuring Business Costs for the First 90 Days

    Our case study of a ficticious sandwich shop outlines many of the expenses you are likely to incur during your first three months of operation.

  • Case Study: Figuring Startup Costs

    Many activities must be undertaken and expenses incurred before you are fully ready to open your doors for business. Here are some things to consider.

  • Figuring the Costs of Running Your New Business

    It's opening day and you are ready to serve customers for your new business. But do you have the staying power to make it through those critical first 90 days?

  • Getting a Loan for Your New Business

    New small businesses that need a loan to get started are in a classic catch-22: lenders will want to see a proven track record before they lend you any money, but you can't establish the track record until you get the loan. As a result, a lot of new owners have to turn to alternate sources of financing, such as selling personal assets, borrowing from friends and relatives, or taking on partners or investors.

  • Minimizing Your Risk When Starting a New Business

    Jumping into a new business with both feet may be too risky for some people. In fact, most people believe it is best to stick one toe in to test the waters first, and most new businesses start on a part-time basis, while the owner is still working elsewhere.

  • Figuring the Costs of Setting Up Your New Business

    It takes a lot of time -- and money -- to get a new small business up and running. Make sure you don't overlook any of these expenses, so you can improve your changes for success. It is important to determine how much it will cost you to open your doors for business.

  • Startup Business Costs: Making a Family Budget

    When focusing on the startup costs for your new business, don't forget to include the cash and income needs of your immediate family. We recommend creating a budget for personal living expenses, which will be part of your overall financing requirements.

  • Differences Between Financing a Startup vs. a Newly Acquired Business

    Startup businesses often begin with only ideas and enthusiasm. One of the many issues that every entrepreneur must address when starting a small business is the financial reality involved in deciding exactly what he or she wants to do, when it can be done, and how it's going to be done.

  • Doing a Financial and Legal Assessment of Your New Business Idea

    Now that the research on the potential market and costs for your proposed small business has been completed, you need to examine the financial and legal implications of going into business for yourself.

  • Should You Buy a Small Business Franchise?

    Starting a franchise has its advantages and disadvantages, compared to buying an existing business or starting a new one from scratch. Still, there are special considerations, and becoming a franchisee makes you a partner in a larger business structure.

  • Buying an Existing Small Business

    Not every entrepreneur needs to invent a better mousetrap in order to start a business. Sometimes, "your" business is already out there, being operated by someone who is waiting for you to call and make an offer.

  • Startup Business Accounting

    The importance of keeping good financial records cannot be overstated, and good accounting habits will pay off down the road for your fledgling business.

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