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3 Videos You Need to See Before Bootstrapping

Think you can self-fund that new business from scratch? Great! Now watch these three clips and learn everything you need to know about bootstrapping.

Starting a business on the cheap requires some serious creativity--after all, the money has to come from somewhere.

So where do you begin?

Try these three videos. Here, experts from around the web explain all you need to know about hefting your business up by its--you guessed it--bootstraps.

Why bootstrap?

There are many reasons entrepreneurs choose to bootstrap their early-stage business. Some believe it will give them greater control over their company in the long term. Others may believe, as famed entrepreneur Mark Cuban succintly noted last month, that: "Only morons start a business on a loan."

Tristan Langely, a venture partner at Sequoia Capital, explains some of the other perks of bootstrapping in this video from a panel discussion at Microsoft's Building One conference in April.

Dealing with money from friends and family.

Friends and family members can be an excellent source of start-up cash. Babette Pepaj, founder and CEO of the recipe site Bake Space, shares her tips for pitching your business plan to close-to-home investors.

And avoid the politics.

Of course, inviting friends and family members into your business can also backfire. Inc. editor Rob Kurtz and reporter Max Chafkin discuss what may go wrong when you secure capital from your nearest and dearest--and how you can protect your business.

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Last updated: Jul 12, 2013


Francesca Fenzi reports on entrepreneurship, technology and small business news from San Francisco. Her work has previously appeared in TIME, USA Today, Pop City and The Northside Chronicle.

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