Finance terminology for entrepreneurs

For newcomers to the entrepreneurial world, finance-related terminology often sounds like a language from another planet. More than a few people are scared when it comes to looking at the figures and putting into numbers the prior efforts of analyzing and designing the business idea. So for them (and for others who wish to review … Continue reading Finance terminology for entrepreneurs

The jockey or the horse: which do investors prefer?

Very often, entrepreneurs are obsessed with their first ideas. Everyone thinks they have “the new Facebook”, or “the new Instagram” or “the new whatever”. We all think we have good ideas, great ideas, which are going to change the world and which, naturally, are going to be successful, allowing us to use them to build … Continue reading The jockey or the horse: which do investors prefer?

Problem/Solution/Call: the most widely used and most effective structure for presentations

When we begin preparing a presentation, of whatever kind, we should first consider what it is that we want to communicate. And when we begin to think about the ‘How?’, the first step is to build a structure for the message which will convey that. The structure of the message is nothing other than the … Continue reading Problem/Solution/Call: the most widely used and most effective structure for presentations

10 ways of obtaining finance for your entrepreneurial project (part II)

In the previous article we began an overview of 20 ways in which your entrepreneurial business could obtain finance. We reviewed the first 10 methods, and today we are going to add 10 more which will serve to provide you with enough possible ways of starting or stimulating your enterprise. Bartering services for money You … Continue reading 10 ways of obtaining finance for your entrepreneurial project (part II)

‘Bootstrapping’, or how not to lose control of your entrepreneurial business

One of the main fears of every entrepreneur is related to losing control of their business or organisation. This is understandable because, after all, to make an organisation grow, one needs money, and for someone to give you money, you have to give them something in exchange, that ‘something’ very often being some form of … Continue reading ‘Bootstrapping’, or how not to lose control of your entrepreneurial business

10 ways of obtaining finance for your entrepreneurial project

Beginning an entrepreneurial project is not easy. There are many reasons for this difficulty, and money is not the least of them. To a greater or lesser degree, we are dependent on the capital that we can raise. And this dependency becomes more decisive when we only have access to a few channels through which … Continue reading 10 ways of obtaining finance for your entrepreneurial project

Things not to do when preparing a PowerPoint II: to have no structure

All right, we now know that one does not begin to prepare a presentation by opening the PowerPoint. But once we are clear about the message, and even before we begin to think about the form, we can open it to begin to structure the message. Because, make no mistake, a speech, a presentation, a … Continue reading Things not to do when preparing a PowerPoint II: to have no structure

The Most Common Errors When Preparing a SWOT Analysis

A SWOT Analysis is a simple yet powerful tool that allows us to locate ourselves in a specific scenario or market. Furthermore, it has become a very frequently used tool, perhaps due precisely its very simplicity, by a great many people. It should be acknowledged, however that, possibly because to its universal use, most SWOT … Continue reading The Most Common Errors When Preparing a SWOT Analysis

Repeatable and scalable: the two keys to convincing an investor

We have heard this question a thousand times: what is it that convinces investors to place their money in one business or another? In other words, what do entrepreneurs need to work hard on in order to convince investors? In fact, the answer is quite simple. There are two fundamental factors in any decision taken … Continue reading Repeatable and scalable: the two keys to convincing an investor