March 10, 2011
If you have started a company on your own and you are in the need of more initial capital in order to be able to make your business grow, you might consider external funding from venture capitalists or angel investors.
Click here to download your own database of investors free of charge! <==== Venture capital firms obtain money from private investors and use it in order to fund start-ups or expanding companies. They differ from angel investors which are wealthy individuals who take interest in different type of businesses and fund their projects. They are all interested in business ideas that can easily and rapidly translate into huge capital gain. Also, they expect a high return rate of their investment, so they are generally looking for business ideas that will grow fast. The main difference between them is that venture capitalists will get more involved into running your business by the means of high-trained managers whereas angel investors only rarely provide management advice. But all these investors share several features. First of all, they will always pay a huge deal of importance to the person pitching for a business idea. The manager of a project is sometimes even more important to them the project in itself because businesses may be about money, but they are firstly about people. Another very important aspect they will consider when analyzing your funding proposal is the business plan. You should pay a great deal of attention when writing a business plan for an idea you need to get funded. The third very important factor in their decision making is your pitch. Like it or not, those 30 minutes spend in front of them are decisive for your business. That is the standard period of time you have in order to convince them that you are their best option. This is why you should pay attention to producing a professional business plan and exercise in front of your friends before going into the pitch. They will not only analyze the business idea you are suggesting, they will also analyze you and your team. The management team you can provide has a crucial importance for the success of your company. As no business can survive without customers, investors pay a lot of attention to the market situation you have analyzed in your business plan. Not providing enough information about the market and the gap your product will fill in order to satisfy the demands of clients is a deadly mistake. Investors want to see managers who are capable of understanding the way in which a business is run and offer viable solutions to the problems on the market. Click here to download your own database of investors! <==== So, if you are seeking funds from venture capital firms or angel investors, be very cautious when it comes to the things enumerated above. The success of your company is only up to you, to your management skills and to the analysis on which your business plan relies.
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