How to Finance Your Business

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Discover all of the viable financing alternatives for your business. Learn the pros and cons of each one. Plus learn how to approach them.

4 lessons, 13 videos (1h 24m), 1 case study

What you’ll learn

What you’ll learn in How to Finance Your Business

Learn which funding sources are right for you and how to approach them.

  • You will learn what you need to do before approaching funding sources and how to make a highly compelling pitch.
  • You will discover the best ways to finance a business. You’ll discover which alternative is the best fit for you and what you need to do to maximize your chances of getting funded.
  • You will discover virtually every possible funding option. You will get more than 20 creative alternatives, including crowdfunding, online lending, merchant cash advances and more.

There is always a way to finance your business, even a small startup.

Know what to expect and how to prepare. This course will explain what type of financing you should go for, how to reach out to potential investors, and how to make a compelling presentation. 

A deep dive into financing alternatives. This course will show you all the most common funding sources and present their advantages and disadvantages. This includes family and friends, banks, angel investors, venture capitalists, online lenders, SBA loans, four different types of crowdfunding, personal loans, merchant cash advances, free government grants and many more. Plus serial entrepreneur Bob Adams will give you many of his favorite alternative financing options.

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How to Finance Your Business Content

There are always many alternative ways to finance your business even if it is a startup. In this lesson, serial entrepreneur Bob Adams will show you what you need to know before going after financing. You will discover what debt and equity financing mean and the advantages and disadvantages of each one. Bob will also show you how to reach out to potential financiers, what to say during your presentation, and the documents you need to prepare to maximize your chances of getting funded. 

(18:52, 4 videos)

In this lesson, you will discover the most common funding sources for startups and other small businesses and see which one would be a good fit for you. Bob Adams will explain why friends and family can be a solid choice – even if you don’t look forward to asking them for money.  You will learn how to approach them and what to say and what to provide during your pitch. You will discover how angel investors and venture capitalists could help finance your business if they think you are a good fit for them. Bob will also tell you how to approach traditional banks and how to get help from the Small Business Administration (SBA).

(33:03, 5 videos)

In this lesson, you will discover many other options to finance your business. You will learn about online lending, merchant cash advances and 4 different types of crowdfunding. Bob will detail the advantages and disadvantages of each option. You will also get 17 creative ways to obtain money for your business.

(32:20, 4 videos)

Financing your business could be easier than you think. In this case study you will discover how serial entrepreneur Bob Adams managed to get $50,000 to buy a business by combining seller financing, bank financing and friends and family financing. 

(1 case study)

Instructor

Bob Adams

Serial entrepreneur, Harvard MBA and founder of BusinessTown

In this course, Bob shows you exactly how to choose and obtain financing for your business. Bob Adams shares the same strategies that he used to build over a dozen successful businesses. Bob has mastered the art of starting businesses with very little money, and making them highly profitable.

Bob started his book publishing company in his basement apartment with just $1500 and no related experience. He built it into one of the largest independent publishers in the US, achieving industry-leading profit margins. He later sold this business for $40 million.

Bob has written 17 books and created 52 courses that have helped over one million entrepreneurs worldwide. Bob also served on the investment committee of the Watermill Group where he evaluated business plans and helped decide which proposals to fund.

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