Templates And Documentation

A Guide to Preparing to Borrow Capital for Your Business

Whether it is for the start-up or growth phase, most businesses ultimately need to borrow money. Here are some issues to consider as you approach the borrowing process. Addressing them as you start the borrowing process can increase the chances of getting the loan and make the process much easier.

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A Guide to Renting a Business Location

Choosing and leasing a location for your business is critical. The type of your business will dictate many of your decision-making factors. For example, a retail business that is dependent on walk-in traffic means that you must have a location where there are many people who have an interest in your product or service.

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A Guide to the Seven Types of Business Insurance

Every business needs insurance. The types and amounts of insurance coverage you need varies depending on the type of business, size of business, and the amount of risk the business is willing to assume. If your business provides personal services or if you are operating the business without a corporate structure, you must consider your

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A Practical Guide to Creating a Business Plan

A formal business plan is important. It is needed when obtaining financing; serves as a guide for the policies, strategies, and tactics needed for running your business; can be shared with potential key employees; serves as a key document when you sell your business; and forces you to focus on the issues that are essential

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A Practical Guide to Creating a Marketing Plan

The need for a marketing plan grows as a business develops new products, enters new markets, and refines how it attempts to position and sell its products. The structure of a marketing plan is similar to a business plan but focuses more on specific products and the operations surrounding those products instead of the entire

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An Introduction to Lean Canvas for Emerging Businesses

by: Meera Unni Lean Canvas is an exciting  tool that lets new and emerging entrepreneurs model their business plans in a short, efficient, one page diagram. Using Lean Canvas quickly identifies factors to prioritize while also creating an effective jumping off point for brainstorming. Instead of making a long, detailed business plan that could take

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Break Even Calculator

Cash flow is the lifeblood of any business, an essential asset for your company to support everyday operations. Use this calculator tool to determine whether your present cash flow is enough to cover your needs for payroll, loan payments, inventory purchases, and any other financial draws on your business resources.

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Cash Flow Template

Understanding the ebbs and flows of your organization’s cash will help you make smart management decisions that protect your core programs and overall sustainability. 
Managing cash flow requires three steps: planning the use of cash, anticipating any problems, and responding with appropriate management actions.

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