Funding Your Business: Bootstrapping, Debt, or Equity?
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Funding Your Business: Bootstrapping, Debt, or Equity?

Which type of funding is right for you?
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 10 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand how to fund your business
  • Know which kind of funding works for you
  • Create your long-term funding plan
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Requirements
  • Open a new text document or grab a pen and paper and get ready to learn!
Description

Learn all about funding a business from both successful entrepreneurs as well as venture capitalists who have seen it all.

This lesson breaks down the three main options for funding the development and growth of your new company. Why do many entrepreneurs start with bootstrapping? Because in the beginning it's difficult to get financing from banks or investors. Lean all about what it takes to bootstrap. Many successful companies are able to grow with internal funding only. However, this is not always the case, so additional financing sources need to be examined and secured.

Once a business opportunity becomes viable, it is much easier to obtain outside funding. The two common strategies available to entrepreneurs are debt and equity. The three methods for financing a new company are discussed in this course so you will have a better understanding of how to grow your business and get the funding you need.

  1. Bootstrapping
    1. Savings
    2. Personal Resources
    3. Startup Partners
    4. Other's Resources
    5. Company Cash Flow
  2. Debt
    1. Trade Credit
    2. Credit Cards
    3. Friends, Family
    4. Bank & SBA Loans
    5. Private Lenders
  3. Equity
    1. Friends, Family
    2. Angel Investors
    3. Venture Capital
    4. Private Placement
    5. Public Stock Offering
Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for entrepreneurs in the early stages of their business. Whether just starting out or people with preexisting businesses looking for more funding.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 20 Lectures Collapse All 20 Lectures 01:39:45
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Introduction: Who We Are
1 Lecture 01:21
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Funding Your Business
3 Lectures 18:44

Creating More With Less
02:18

Funding Strategies
00:50
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Bootstrapping Your Business
6 Lectures 25:50
Entrepreneurs Discuss Bootstrapping Your Business
10:57

Bootstrapping Your Business
06:06

Bill Kilburg - Founder HPN global
02:01

Mike Domeyer - Shasta Leatherworks, Prinevill, Oregon
01:05

Creating Your Bootstrapping Strategy
00:20

Sundance Sheepskin & Leather - Guffey, Colorado
05:20

If you can answer true to the following questions you may be in a great position to bootstrap your business. If not, don't worry, you just have a little more work to do.

Bootstrapping Questions for Thought
6 questions
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Funding With Debt
5 Lectures 21:32
Funding With Debt
13:22

Funding With Debt
03:15

David Neeleman: Founder of JetBlue & Azul Airlines
01:51

Qualifying for Loans
02:11

Debt Funding Exercise
00:52

If you can answer "true" to the following questions you are in a position to decide if debt financing is for you. If not, don't worry, you just have a little more work to do.

Debt Financing Questions for Thought
5 questions
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Funding With Equity
3 Lectures 16:17
Funding With Equity
11:02

Funding With Equity
04:31

If you can answer "true" to the following questions you are in a position to decide if Equity financing is for you. If not, don't worry, you just have a little more work to do.

Equity Financing Questions for Thought
6 questions

Equity Funding Exercise
00:44
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Your Long-term Funding Plan
2 Lectures 15:41
Creating Your Long-term Funding Plan
13:20

Longer-term Funding
02:21

If you can answer "true" to the following questions you are in a great and knowledgable position to fund your business long term. If not, don't worry, you just have a little more work do to.

Long-term Funding Questions for Thought
5 questions
About the Instructor
The Main Street Entrepreneur
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Build your dream company doing what you love.

Since 1994, we have been meeting with and interviewing successful business builders. We have toured their facilities, met with their employees, observed their behavior, and recorded their stories. Our fieldwork has uncovered the critical practices successful entrepreneurs use to start and build thriving companies. When these practices are used in a new and growing venture, the probability of success goes up dramatically; when these practices are absent, the probability of failure is high. Our entrepreneurial training programs will teach you how to implement these critical practices in your own business. By mastering these concepts, you will greatly improve your odds for success.

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