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Starting Up on a Shoestring
Discover tips and strategies for launching your business with little or no money at all.
Cash Management Basics
Cash is your business's lifeblood. Managed well, your company remains healthy and strong. Managed poorly, your company goes into cardiac arrest. Use this guide to help ensure your company survives.
Compensation
Get a handle on everything from settling on a compensation strategy to creating a variable pay plan with this collection of checklists, benchmarks, and advice.
Tax Strategies
Tax planning is a year-round event if you want to minimize your business's tax bill. Whether it's surviving an audit, capitalizing on business deductions, or finding tax-friendly ways to run your business, this guide can help reduce your tax obligations and make paying taxes less anxiety provoking.
Equity as Compensation
Given the risks involved, how does a business owner give or take equity wisely? This guide uncovers Inc.com's best resources on this complex subject.
Getting Paid
Unfortunately, sending an invoice doesn't always result in getting paid. If you're having trouble with slow-paying or nonpaying customers, use this guide to discover tips for billing and accounts receivable, collection strategies from successful entrepreneurs, including Inc 500 CEOs, and solutions for soloists.
IPOs
This guide is a collection of tips, techniques, how-tos, and advice from the leaders of successful companies who took the IPO plunge and lived to tell about it.
Improving Cash Flow
Money is coming into your business, and it's covering your bills, but do you really know how healthy your bottom line is? Here's how to analyze your cash flow and the financial processes that contribute to it to ensure your company is on the right track.
Raising Start-Up Capital
Start your capital search with a good business plan that shows investors and lenders your company's potential. Follow that up with a thorough knowledge of the resources available and a determination to make your business a reality, and you should be on your way to uncovering a source that fits your new business's cash needs.
Track Your Critical Numbers
Inc.com has compiled a list of handy resources to help you determine what your own critical numbers are, why they're so important to identify and track, and how to leverage them most effectively.
Controlling Costs
Simple, everyday cost-shaving strategies can help get your business off the ground. Or, if you're further along in the process, these strategies can help you grow your business faster.
Financing: Where to Find It
To help you in your search for funding, we've rounded up some resources that provide a sweeping overview of your options, and provide some good examples on how to secure the financing your growing company needs.
Open-Book Management
To help you learn more about the pros and cons, we've created this guide to the best resources available on Inc.com that relate to open-book management. Learn from the experiences of other entrepreneurs before you decide what's best for you and your company.
Venture Capital
Here Inc.com shares advice for finding and securing venture capital, including some back-to-basics information on your capital search, ways to target and court the appropriate VCs, and how to make your business plan and pitch irresistible.
Estate Planning 101
Savvy owners of fast-growth companies realize that taking steps now to create an estate plan -- while their companies are young -- will be less fraught with complications, less expensive, and more advantageous to their beneficiaries.
Selling a Business
From discovering what your business is worth to finding the perfect buyer, Inc.com provides links to the best materials to help you sell your business.
Angel Investors
When you're in search of financing, the idea of an angel -- an individual investor with money to invest in early-stage or start-up companies -- can seem nothing short of enchanting. But where do you find an angel? Use these resources to woo and win the perfect investors.
Banking and Loans
Securing a business loan is a multi-faceted proposition. You must determine how much you need, where you want to borrow, and then -- there's the application. But it doesn't have to be a daunting process. Inc.com has broken it down for you, with this collection of articles to help you understand the ins and outs of borrowing.
Last updated: Feb 1, 2006




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