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This article covers an emerging trend in how some tech companies finance their growth today. Rather than approach equity investors for early-stage funds, many entrepreneurs now prefer to bootstrap their growth by generally taking advantage of lower startup costs.
Bootstrapping is a tactic to help you spend less cash and therefore need less to operate your business. This article discusses ways to bootstrap your business operations.
In 2003, Alex Welch observed that e-commerce and social networking users were in need of an easy-to-use centralized hub to store and publish media. In this article, he explains how he founded a company based on this idea by bootstrapping his startup and later raising outside money.
Budgeting, forecasting, and projecting mean fundamentally the same thing--estimating future amounts based on information you already know.
When developing a budget, it is important to estimate profits annually for the next three years as well as to develop a detailed month-by-month budget of sales, expenses, and cash flow amounts for the same three years.
In a venture funding climate seeking large returns, thousands of potentially successful entrepreneurial startups can't get the financing they need to make a difference in the economy and in the culture. The problem isn't a new one, but it is a damaging one.
Knowing how to work the system gives you control over one of the most important issues concerning your business: the ability to handle your cash. Whether you're black or white, whether you're running a freshly funded business or a proven establishment, cash flow matters. The publisher of Black Enterprise shares what he's learned about diligent cash-flow management during three decades in the magazine business.
This article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of obtaining needed cash through internal sources. It also discusses specific sources that typically provide internal cash.
Successful bootstrapping requires getting your hands on cash and managing it wisely. This article points out uncommon sources of ready cash that go unused--negotiating extended payment terms from suppliers, for example.
Entrepreneurs are apt to happen upon found money by more skillfully
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