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What you need to know before choosing a business credit card for your startup

It's a good rule of thumb to keep your personal and your business expenses separate as you begin getting your new startup off the ground. One of the best ways to do this is by opening a business credit card. In this article, we look at what you need to know before choosing a business credit card for your startup. When you apply It's worth noting that when you apply for a credit card for your startup, you will probably be asked about your personal credit information. They will also likely check y...
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5 ways to make money if you are tired of your job

Most people who are working a 9-5 job every day of the week get tired of it at some point. Even if you love your job it can be hard to feel satisfied with doing the same thing over and over again each day. However, if you are feeling a bit burnt out and you are looking to explore something new, there are a number of things that you can do to make money that are not boring and tiresome. 1. Become a care worker If you want to find a way to give back to the community that gives you a little bit of ...
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Is equity crowdfunding right for your startup?

Raising finance through the traditional venture capital route can be a gruelling process and many startups opt for crowdfunding instead. The most common form of crowdfunding is reward-based, in which you raise funds by offering people your new product, a gift or a discount in exchange for their contribution. With equity crowdfunding however, you raise capital by offering investors part of your company's equity in exchange for their investment. And equity crowdfunding can work for both early...
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Should you quit your day job? 5 important questions to ask yourself

Many new businesses begin as a part-time venture alongside a regular nine-to-five job. While quitting your day job and committing to your business full time may be your ultimate goal, it's a big decision to make. So, before taking a leap into the unknown—and possibly doing something you later regret—you need to take a step back and look at your situation objectively. Here, Sammi Caramela shares five questions you need to ask yourself together with some top tips from experts on how your answers w...
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The importance of Time Value of Money for startups

The Time Value of Money is a fundamental concept of financial management. The underlying principle is that money in your hand today is worth more than the same amount in the future due to its potential earning capacity. It's the concept that underpins investment and the payment of interest. So provided money can earn interest, any amount of money is worth more the sooner it's received. Here, seasoned venture capitalist Tomasz Tunguz shares the reasons why Time Value of Money matters to star...
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A guide to venture capital financings for startups

The first thing you need to understand about seeking venture capital (VC) funding for your startup is that it can be a protracted and time-consuming process, with no guarantee of success regardless of how well you prepare and present your pitch. "Entrepreneurs will be better prepared to obtain venture capital financing if they understand the process, the anticipated deal terms, and the potential issues that will arise," write VC investment experts Mike Sullivan and Richard Harroch...
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Cash flow management: Techniques and tools

Cash is the lifeblood of any small business. You need to constantly monitor how much cash is flowing in and out of the business to make sure you're not spending more money than you have coming in. And if you can't manage your cash flow within the first year, it's unlikely you'll survive the second year. To help you understand and track cash flow, Saige Driver shares some top tips from experts on what cash flow is and why it's important, how to project your cash flow, how to address shortages, an...
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Creating financial freedom: Lessons from successful entrepreneurs

 What may look like overnight success is usually the result of several years of hard work and long hours spent building a business. And, like building a house, putting in the time and effort to lay a solid foundation allows you to build your way up to achieving financial freedom. One of the ways you can start working your way towards financial freedom is by creating passive income streams. Although you may have to put in a lot of work to begin with, you'll be able to reap the benefits over ...
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What blockchain could mean for higher education

While blockchain originally rose to prominence as the technology behind bitcoin, its potential goes beyond recording and validating cryptocurrency transactions. And it's not just the financial sector that's already experimenting with blockchain; other sectors requiring a verifiable audit trail are also exploring the potential benefits. Academic credentials, for example, need to be universally recognized and verifiable and this generally involves a tedious and complex process. Jami Morshed explor...
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How to prevent cash flow problems

Startups and small businesses are especially vulnerable to cash flow problems. Although profit making is essential for growth and sustainability, cash flow management is critical for a startup's survival and even a profitable and growing business can go bankrupt if it runs short of cash. Entrepreneurs don't always keep a close eye on cash flow and many small businesses fail because of poor cash flow management .As an expert in helping businesses to overcome cash flow problems, Carl Faulds s...
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