All the pieces of your entrepreneurial dream are finally falling into place. You have a name for your business, a product or service that makes you super excited, and you’ve even started noodling designs and logos. Before you can go much further, however, you’re going to need funding. And in order to get funding, you will need to decide what type of structure is best for your business: a sole proprietorship DBA (doing business as); a C corporation or S corporation; a professional limited liability company (PLLC) or a limited liability company (LLC). Let’s take a look at [...]
Big plans come with a big price tag. As most entrepreneurs and small business owners know, there are times when the cash you have on hand can’t cover the expenses essential to growth. It’s at this point that you’re confronted with the question of funding: Do you go with an SMB lender, or do you try credit cards? The Case Against Lenders SMB lenders know that you’re in a jam and that you want your money as fast as you can get it. This is why you’ll see many lenders emphasize the amount of money you can get [...]
As you plan and set goals for your small business in 2017, one area to look at is financing. Will you need additional funding at some point in the New Year? If the answer is yes, how will you raise the money? Take a closer look at the two primary means of raising capital — equity financing and debt financing — and what you need to know about each. Equity Financing In equity financing, you give up a piece of your business (equity) in return for an investment of capital. Equity investors may be private investors, venture capital [...]
Both forming an LLC and incorporating your business safeguard you by protecting your personal assets if legal action is taken against your business. They also give your business a boost of credibility by having either “LLC” or “Inc.” behind your company name. But there are differences that could make one or the other the better choice for you. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of knowing the pros and cons of the legal structures available to you before you decide which will serve your business most effectively. The Low-down On LLCs Many owner-managed businesses opt to form [...]
So you have an idea and want to get that business off the ground - congratulations!! When planning the steps to start your business, there are some legal aspects you don’t want to overlook. These steps may not be the most glamorous parts of starting a business, but you want to make sure the business is set up properly from the start to avoid issues down the road. Here are my must-do steps to legally start a business followed by a special offer on CorpNet.com services: 1. Choose a Business Name Have an ideal name in mind for [...]
A long-term business loan is a good fit for many small business financing needs. If you’re looking for capital to invest in a new building, a big ticket purchase such as a new lathe for a manufacturing plant, or anything else for business use that will likely be depreciated over several years of useful life, a long-term loan could be the appropriate way to finance those longer-term investments in business infrastructure and equipment. Many times those investments are needed to facilitate future business growth. However, a long-term business loan may not always be the best, or even the [...]
You’ve been chugging along as a sole proprietorship for a while now, but you’re beginning to realize that might not be the best idea to protect your business. So you’re considering converting your sole proprietorship to another structure, specifically the S Corporation. Ask yourself the following questions to determine if now is the right time to convert your business structure. 1. Do You Want to Bring on Investors? Maybe you bootstrapped your business, but now you’re ready to take the company to the next level, and to do that, you need investors. This is an automatic reason to [...]
Small business owners who encounter trouble securing traditional loans have an ever-increasing array of alternatives to choose from. Established banks working through the U.S. Small Business Administration offer the lowest interest rates on small business loans, but it’s tougher for entrepreneurs to obtain financing if their business is too new or too risky. Nontraditional lenders have stepped in to provide easier-to-obtain business loans for such entrepreneurs. The terms of this type of financing can vary widely, but expect to pay more for this speedier, easier option.
According to technology entrepreneur and author Daniel Gulati, the biggest regrets of professionals he interviewed were taking a job for the money and staying in dissatisfying careers. Gulati also discovered that those who eventually quit their jobs to pursue their passions wish they had done so sooner. Number three on the regret list was wishing they had the confidence to start their own business.
You could be. One of the biggest challenges for small business owners in need of financing is looking where the odds are in their favor. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has said the average business owner spends 33 hours trying to secure a loan. I’m convinced much of that time is wasted looking in the wrong places.