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Raising money by selling equity to investors is a rare activity for companies, says CommonAngels' James Geshwiler. Not many CEOs get much practice or guidance on how to do this key task. This document is a sample template for entrepreneurs to use in pitching their companies to angel investors, and covers six main areas of risk and ability to generate return for investors.
Compare actual financial figures to your budget at least monthly. You may need to adjust the budget during the year to reflect new information.
The founder and CEO of American Reading Company, Jane Hileman, has seen her company grow from a few teachers ten years ago to 111 employees today who provide books and reading goals for students to encourage a love of reading. Hileman's goals are revenue growth, profitability, and success.
Before building a detailed line-by-line budget, entrepreneurs should prepare a preliminary forecast, projecting estimates of the primary components of profitability--sales, cost of goods sold, and operating expenses.
Budgeting, forecasting, and projecting mean fundamentally the same thing--estimating future amounts based on information you already know.
Historical financial information can be a great tool to jumpstart the budgeting process if care is taken to adjust for any incorrect or misleading information.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Web site contains a comprehensive guide, QandA: Small Business and the SEC, that provides a basic understanding about the various ways companies can become public and what securities laws apply.
This resource offers a basic tool box for entrepreneurs and includes samples of business models, marketing collaterals, and templates for licensing and determining profitability of new ventures.
Being a public company has upsides, such as increased value of your company and stock liquidity. Entrepreneurs, though, should realize the downsides, such as compliance costs and lack of personal and company privacy. Looking thoroughly at the entire picture will help you decide whether going public is your best move.
Entrepreneurs looking for seed capital should consider Toronto TSX Venture Exchange's Capital Pool Company (CPC) program, which allows companies to go public by merging with a CPC.
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