Top 10 Sources Of Funding For Start-ups

Martin Zwilling discussed the top 10 sources of start-ups funding. There is money out there, of course - there always is - but you have to know where to find it. You also need a sense of the strings that come with each flavor of capital.

1. Self-funding
2. Friends and family
3. Small business grants
4. Loans or lines of credit
5. Incubators
6. Business angels
7. Venture capitalists
8. Bartering
9. Form a partnership
10. Commit to a major customer

More on Forbes.com Feb. 2, 2010 >>

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Five Ways To Put A Price Tag On A Start-Up

You could stick a wet finger in the air. Or you could use smarter techniques.

1. - Asset Valuation

Value all physical assets
Value all intellectual property
Value all principals and employees
Value all customer contracts

2. - Asset-Replacement-Cost Valuation
Calculate the cost to replace all the assets

3. - The Market Approach
Look at what other similar companies have sold for
Estimate the size and growth potential of your addressable market
Assess the competition and determine the barriers to entry

4. - Income Valuation

5. - Earnings-Multiple Valuation

Read the full story by Martin Zwilling on Forbes.com Sept. 23,  2009

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Six Questions To Determine If Your New Idea Is A Real Business

[...] Make sure your new inspiration will pay the electric bill [...] 

Posted by Melanie Lindner on Forbes.com 

  1. Do You Have A Compelling Value Proposition ?
  2. Is There A Viable Market For Your Product Or Service ?
  3. Can You Cover Your (Honest-To-Goodness) Development Costs ?
  4. Can You Reach Your Target Market In A Cost-Efficient Way ?
  5. Can You Sustain A Competitive Advantage ?
  6. Are You Committed Enough ?

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The Most And Least Profitable Businesses To Start

With the help of Sageworks, a Raleigh, N.C.-based private-company data provider, Forbes.com has assembled a list of the 10 most and least profitable businesses--on a pretax basis--that aspiring entrepreneurs might hope to launch. Average pretax profits ranged from a juicy 25% to a knee-wobbling negative 7%

Most profitable
Least profitable
1.Accounting Services1.Community Care Facilities
2.Legal Services2."Other Support" Services
3.Dental Services3.Beverage Manufacturing
4.Specialized Design Services4.Real Estate Related Services
5."Other" Health Practitioners5.Bakeries And Tortilla Manufacturing
6.Outpatient Care Centers6.Amusement and Recreation Services
7.Insurance Brokers7.Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
8.Physicians' Offices8.Specialty Retailers
9.Medical And Diagnostic Labs9.Beer, Wine And Liquor Retailers
10.Depository Credit Intermediation10.Travelers' Accommodations

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The 20 Most Important Questions In Business

Brett Nelson, Entrepreneurs Editor for Forbes.com, proposed last month a core set of tough questions governing the fate of any enterprise. Armed with those answers, they stand the best chance of beating some fairly dire odds : Studies estimate that just two-thirds of all start-ups survive the first two years, and less than half make it to the fourth.

Read the full story by Brett Nelson Forbes.com Nov. 21, 2007

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