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microlending
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4 Key Reasons to Consider Microlending to Fund Your Startup

Among the financing solutions available to startups and small business owners, microlending is one of the more accessible. Also known as microcredit, microlending has been gaining popularity in recent years – and for good reason. Keep reading to learn more about microlending and why you should consider this option to fund your startup. What is...
Profitability
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How to Boost Your Startup’s Profitability with This Old Improv Trick

Where does revenue come from? And how can we make more of it? When you’re building a business, everything comes down to these two questions. The more specifically you can answer the first, the more opportunities you’ll see to answer the second. To see the big picture, you have to get small. You need to...
grow business post-pandemic
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3 Tips to Grow Your Business in the Post-Pandemic Era

Summer is in full swing, and in some areas of the country, mask mandates have lifted and event production companies now have packed schedules. It seems like we are starting to finally overcome and move beyond the COVID-19 crisis. If you’re a business owner, you may be wondering what steps to take to ensure the...
fundraising strategy
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Entrepreneurs Must Optimize Their Fundraising Strategy to Move Forward

Despite the recent radical economic changes, entrepreneurs have been resilient and adapted their business models to cope and sometimes even go public. However, entrepreneurs often make costly, avoidable errors in their funding strategies. Entrepreneurs can optimize their fundraising strategy by learning to avoid cash management pitfalls and how investors evaluate startups. Every successful entrepreneur knows...
Rapid Finance
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Rapid Finance helps businesses achieve their goals

Business financing is often an essential component to any successful business. Whether it’s financing new ways to help reach your current business goals, or accessing extra working capital when you’re in a bind, Rapid Finance can help. Explore the possibilities of working with Rapid Finance through these two firsthand accounts by businesses who needed a...
business finances
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Understand Your Business Finances Better by Answering These 5 Questions

A business owner faces many pressures, concerns and challenges and, perhaps, the biggest concerns revolve around money. Without it, the business can fail, creating a domino effect that can affect everyone involved in the business, including you — the owner. This is why understanding your business finances is one of the most important aspects of...
buying a business
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4 Important Questions to Ask When Buying a Business Right Now

The market looks vastly different than it did a year ago, which means new opportunities — for better or worse. As businesses reopen, they offer clues to which industries proved to be pandemic-proof, meaning they were hit hard but show strong promise of recovery, and which ones appear gone forever. If you were already researching...
small business recovery
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Small Business Check-In: Which Sectors Are Recovering Better and Why?

March 2020 was a month no business owner will soon forget. The country was locking down, and our small business clients were struggling to understand the rapidly changing news cycle, a patchwork of local ordinances and vast changes to customer demand. Over the next several months, small businesses were forced to make the hard decisions...
subscription-based business
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3 Tips for Building a Successful Subscription-Based Business

The way consumers buy goods and services is changing. Have a look at your bank statement over the last several months, and I’ll bet there are more than a few recurring charges for Netflix, Amazon Prime, Spotify or Zoom. Consumers used to buy one-off products or services but are now increasingly subscribing to receive them...
financial planning
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10 Best Financial Planning Habits for Freelancers and Entrepreneurs

While 48% of new freelancers view freelancing as a long-term career choice, this is only realistic if you have a long-term financial plan. While freelancing comes with advantages, such as flexibility and independence, there are also plenty of drawbacks. You’ll need to cover your own benefits, build an emergency fund and plan around inconsistent income....
VC partner
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How to Find the Perfect VC Partner, Even During Times of Uncertainty

While the pandemic has certainly had an impact on the startup space, speculations were off about one thing: venture capital. It didn’t dry up: Venture investors poured $150 billion into North American companies in 2020, up about 7% from 2019 levels. All was not rosy, however, as first-time financings comprised only a fraction of that...
alternative lending
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Here’s Why Alternative Lending Can Take Your Business to the Next Level

Running a business is hard work, and nothing is more challenging than trying to secure the funds needed to start a new business or keep things running smoothly. It has become increasingly difficult for entrepreneurs to get funding from traditional banks, because of the hoops that they make business owners jump through to qualify for...
financial health
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7 Tips Every Startup Should Follow to Maintain Financial Health

Nothing spells disaster for a startup like poor financial health. Whatever the industry, however great the idea, if the numbers just don’t add up, there will be little recourse to get things back on track. Even if a business is still above water, any uncertainty over the numbers can destroy investor confidence and jeopardize strategic...
to do after PPP loan
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6 Things to Do After Receiving Your PPP Loan

You’ve gotten your PPP loan, spent it properly and hopefully qualify for full forgiveness. Congratulations! What’s next? StartupNation exclusive discounts and savings on Dell products and accessories: Learn more here Here are six steps you can take now, after receiving and spending your PPP loan, to help ensure your business continues on the road to recovery:...
tax reform
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How President Biden’s Tax Reform Could Impact Your Small Business

Information about tax changes the Biden administration is considering have recently leaked, creating some big headlines in media. “First major tax hike since 1993,” according to Bloomberg. As a fractional CFO, my first reaction to any tax reform is: what does this mean for small business? Although we do not have an official White House plan yet, I...
Trade References
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How Trade References Can Help Your Startup Get Financing

New businesses often find it challenging to get financing. Many lenders prefer to lend to businesses that are at least a year or two old and that have strong financial profiles. But if you wait until your business is a couple of years old, you may find yourself missing a key piece of your credit...
new business finances
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5 Tips for Getting Your New Business Finances Set up for Success

Over 3.2 million Americans filed a business application in 2020, 500,000 more than in 2019. Are you a member of this group? If so, you're proof that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in America despite present day challenges. As a new business owner, you're likely struggling with where to spend your valuable resources...
unsecured business loans
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What You Need to Know About Unsecured Business Loans

As a small business owner, you may need financing at some point. You might need help purchasing an asset, expanding your business and more. No matter the reason, an unsecured business loan can help. Whether you’re struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic or are looking for help with business needs to expand, there are unsecured business...
collateral loans
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What You Need to Know About Collateral Loans

The ebb and flow of modern business is difficult to predict. Small businesses, in particular, can struggle to react to fast-changing market conditions. There may be times when short-term cash injections are needed to cover temporary cash flow problems or capitalize on opportunities for expansion. And at times like these, collateral loans are very useful...