5 Ways to Start a Business with Cheap or Free Money

Crowdfunding, universities and government programs can be attractive options for people who want to start a business without giving up too much equity. June 11, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You’ve got the next billion-dollar idea. Or million dollar, or whatever it is. The point is it’s good, and you want to prove its value. This is the stage where most startups die — which is to say before they even get started. Because the most daunting obstacle to seeding the next big idea is capital. Most first-time entrepreneurs have heard of venture capitalist firms and angel investors. That’s how Facebook got started, right? So why shouldn’t it be you? The truth is it’s extremely difficult and rare for first timers to receive funding this way. In fact, by some estimates, less than one percent of startups are funded by angel investors and a […]

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Where Should You Locate Your Business? Here Are 5 Vital Things to Consider.

Non-capital resources like working space, proximity to universities and strong networking opportunities count for a lot. April 2, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You’ve heard it before: Most startups fail. Even with the most generous possible accounting, it’s estimated that at least 70 percent of tech startups will eventually flame out. Yet startups are raising more capital than ever before. When the dust settles, it’s expected that venture capitalists will have pumped over $100 billion into the U.S. market last year. With so much money available, why aren’t startup success rates going up? Maybe because money isn’t the problem. When startups are figuring out where their business is going to grow, there are critical, non-monetary resources that they must consider. And picking the right place could mean all the difference in when — and whether — their business grows. The real estate adage […]

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