Money & Finance

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Don’t get sloppy: Handle transactions properly to preserve your personal ties. You’re ready to launch your new business. Your credit cards are tapped out, you rent your apartment (making you ineligible for a home equity line of credit), your personal credit’s less than stellar and your bank is not interested in lending you money for […]


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Aside from the “two sets of books” scenario that provides the fodder for tabloid headlines and old movies, I tend to think of bookkeeping as, well, mundane (apologies to bookkeepers nationwide as well as to my own, Debbie, who’s a real firecracker). Not something sexy, just something that has to get done. Like brushing your […]


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More naches and brag–this time on the issue of extending credit to customers. See Melanie Lindner’s piece in on “How Much Credit do Customers Deserve?” She and I talked about the changing economic climate (euphemism) and whether it made sense for businesses to extend credit to customers. Whenever you extend credit (which occurs any […]


From the Department of Business Partnership Nightmares comes this plea for help from LordMJ: Here’s the skinny: Partner 1 and Partner 2 met in corporate America and started a venture together when both had full-time jobs Partner 1 left the corporate job and entered grad school, ostensibly to help the business (and supposedly by mutual […]


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Any time you accept money from someone else to help your business grow, you should put that relationship in writing. Many a lawsuit has been brought because of misunderstandings about (1) how much would be provided, (2) when the money would be provided, (3) whether there were benchmarks that needed to be achieved in order […]


Maybe you’ve only just started your business or are not ready to sell it just yet. But don’t you ever wonder how much you could get if you cashed out – or let someone else buy in? Could you afford that beachfront property in Hawaii you’ve been fantasizing about? Take those international trips you have […]


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Find an angel investor that’s a divine match for your business. Angels are often defined as “spiritual beings.” To the entrepreneur seeking a sizable cash infusion, angel investors might well seem heaven-sent. In addition to money, they typically offer value-added benefits such as expertise, experience, mentorship, creative ideas and contacts. But they are not necessarily […]


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Here’s a scenario for you: You’re the sole owner of a corporation and have no employees. Every once in a while you find yourself a bit short, so you let the company pay for some of your personal expenses, such as dry cleaning, spa treatments and house cleaning services. You’re not depriving a business partner […]


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It’s never easy being a small business.  It’s hard enough to qualify for venture capital funding . . . and yet receiving it could disqualify you from other small business incentives through the Small Business Administration and other government programs.  It’s a “damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don’t” conundrum. According to a recent report in the New York Times, Jason […]


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Billions of dollars in small federal contracts could be opened to small businesses if the Small Business Administration (SBA) prevails in a dispute with the General Services Administration (GSA). According to a report on Associated Content, the SBA has ruled that, under the Small Business Act, the GSA needs to set aside contracts valued between […]

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