Funding Your Business: Bootstrapping, Debt, or Equity?

Which type of funding is right for you?
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  • Lectures 20
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 7/2015 English

Course 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

What are the requirements?

  • Open a new text document or grab a pen and paper and get ready to learn!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand how to fund your business
  • Know which kind of funding works for you
  • Create your long-term funding plan

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.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Introduction: Who We Are
Section 1: Funding Your Business
Entrepreneurs Discuss Creating More With Less
Creating More With Less
Funding Strategies
Section 2: Bootstrapping Your Business
Entrepreneurs Discuss Bootstrapping Your Business
Bootstrapping Your Business
Bill Kilburg - Founder HPN global
Mike Domeyer - Shasta Leatherworks, Prinevill, Oregon
Creating Your Bootstrapping Strategy
Sundance Sheepskin & Leather - Guffey, Colorado
6 questions

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.

Section 3: Funding With Debt
Funding With Debt
Funding With Debt
David Neeleman: Founder of JetBlue & Azul Airlines
Qualifying for Loans
Debt Funding Exercise
5 questions

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.

Section 4: Funding With Equity
Funding With Equity
Funding With Equity
6 questions

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 Funding Exercise
Section 5: Your Long-term Funding Plan
Creating Your Long-term Funding Plan
Longer-term Funding
5 questions

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.

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Instructor Biography

The Main Street Entrepreneur, 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.

Our team is comprised of individuals with extensive experience as entrepreneurs, business consultants and university professors. We also have an in-house film department that has interviewed and filmed hundreds of entrepreneurs around the world.

At The Main Street Entrepreneur, our mission is to provide the most innovative and engaging resources available to help aspiring entrepreneurs and business builders create successful ventures. We help turn ideas into opportunities, opportunities into business models, and business models into thriving organizations. While doing so we pledge to maintain values of exemplary leadership, continuous improvement, distinguishing service, excellent efficiency, total integrity, and a broader contribution.

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