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Business Financing

Understanding Promissory Notes for Small Businesses

A promissory note sets out the repayment terms when you borrow money. If you borrow start-up cash for your business from a commercial lender, the lend...

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Small Business Loans: Getting the Lender's Approval

Lenders are generally cautious in making loans to small businesses because of their high failure rate. As a result, these institutions have developed ...

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Raising Private Money: Gifts, Loans, and Equity Investments

A tighter lending market means you may need to think outside the box to get your hands on business capital. Money from relatives and friends can suppl...

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Raising Money Through Equity Investments

Unlike a lender -- who temporarily provides you with money to operate your business -- equity investors actually buy a piece of your business. For bet...

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Private Loans & Investments: Raising Money from Family and Friends

Money from relatives and friends can supplement the business financing you're receiving from other sources -- or even fill a critical gap in starting ...

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The Lowdown on Business Loans

As you know, a loan is based on a simple idea: someone gives you money and you promise to pay it back, usually with interest.

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Loans and Equity Investments Compared

To raise money for your new business, you have two options: borrow money or sell part of your venture to an equity investor. Loans are often better fo...

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