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4 tips on how to secure investors for your business

Posted by Aaron Wallace on January 31, 2017

Approaching potential business investors can be a daunting experience, especially if it’s your first time trying to raise capital. Below we share some tips to help you network with confidence and find the right investors for your business.

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Topics: Raising Capital

10 questions to determine the financial health of your business

Posted by Ash Clarke on January 25, 2017

Before you consider raising equity, it’s important to get your finances in order. Here are ten questions to ask yourself to help determine the financial health of your business.


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Topics: Raising Capital, Financial Management

5 ways to prepare for the cost of raising capital for business

Posted by Mike Atkinson on January 18, 2017

If only securing finance was as easy as a handshake or a verbal agreement. The cost of raising capital can be in the tens of thousands (depending on the size of your business and the amount of funding required). Much like applying for a home loan and paying for building reports, you will need to pay for forecasts, valuations, and various other professional services. Here are five considerations when raising capital for business so that you can budget your money and time accordingly.

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Topics: Raising Capital

Business ownership versus management when raising capital

Posted by Fono Sosene on January 18, 2017

For many, the long-term goal is to take a step back from the day-to-day operations and instead focus on the ‘big picture’ vision. However, if you run a small business in start-up mode you will likely find that you have to be both a manager and an owner. Drawing the line between business ownership and management is never more important than it is when you are trying to bring in investors.

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Topics: Raising Capital

Separating your business and personal finances may help raise capital

Posted by Matt Smith on January 12, 2017

If work is life and life is work  -  what does it matter if I pay for this personal item on my business credit card? It’s all my money, right? Not quite. Separating your business and personal finances is simply smart business. In fact, it may help you raise capital later on.

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Topics: Raising Capital, Financial Management

5 things to do before you apply for business funding

Posted by Ash Clarke on January 12, 2017

You’re ready to approach investors and apply for business funding… or are you? Sometimes in business, you have to jump in feet first and learn to swim as you go. Other times, it pays to do some research before you take a leap of faith. Raising capital usually falls under the latter. You might only get one chance to impress potential investors or lenders, so you want to walk into these discussions confident and maximise your chances for funding.

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Topics: Raising Capital

Raising Capital: 3 steps to a more sustainable competitive advantage

Posted by Aaron Wallace on January 04, 2017

Once you make an idea public, there’s always the fear that someone else will do it better, cheaper or both. Competition is fantastic for consumers, but it can be a massive headache for business owners. One of the first questions potential investors will ask is “what’s your competitive advantage?” If you can’t prove how you’re better, investors may see this as a red flag and look to invest their money elsewhere. 

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Topics: Raising Capital

3 things to do before you raise capital for business [checklist]

Posted by Fono Sosene on December 28, 2016

The importance of market research cannot be overestimated, especially if you’re in the process of scaling your business. Below are three things to do before you begin to raise capital to take your products or services to the next level.

 

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Topics: Raising Capital

A quick fire guide to protecting your intellectual property

Posted by Matt Bellingham on December 22, 2016

If your business owns an innovative product or service, or is an iconic brand, you need to make sure you’ve taken appropriate steps to protect it, with Intellectual Property protections such as patenting, copyrighting and trademarking. Intellectual property (IP) is of immense value; for some, it may even be the very foundation on which their business is built.

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Topics: Raising Capital

Raising equity: How much is my business worth?

Posted by Aaron Wallace on December 20, 2016

If someone asked you how much your business is worth - and they will if you're trying to raise equity - could you provide a confident answer? Determining the value of a business is difficult, because there’s much more to a business’s worth than cash flow. Even if you’re regularly turning over a healthy profit, this is no guarantee that your business is worth more than another business that is just breaking even.

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Topics: Raising Capital, Business Valuation