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110 Capital Raising Strategies: IntroductionOur 110 Capital Raising Strategies is now back, we will start publishing useful tips / strategies we have collected from investors and capital seekers.That old familiar saying states: "It takes money to make money." Ask any business founder, entrepreneur, or top executive, and chances are that he or she will tell you that statement isn't just a quaint old saying; it's a fundamental truth of doing business today.No business can operate without the money necessary to pay employees and vendors, and internal sources of cash aren't always enough to keep a business going — especially for start-ups and fast-growing companies that tend to suck up cash far faster than it comes in from sales of company products and services. Sure, all the money in the world isn't always enough to ensure business success — creating a successful business requires hard work, great ideas, dedicated and talented employees, and more than a little bit of luck — but at some point every business needs to raise capital to survive and to thrive.For most businesses, the four major sources of capital are• Founder's or personal investment• Internally generated cash• Credit granted by vendors (trade credit)• Customer advances• Cash borrowed from lenders• Cash from sale of an ownership stake (equity) in the businessThe first step in raising capital is understanding how much capital you need to raise.Do you need $10,000, $100 million, or something in between? Although you don't necessarily have to know this answer down to the last penny, you need to have a pretty good idea of where you need to end up, because the answer has a significant impact on determining what type of financing is appropriate for your needs and where you'll go to get it.As you begin to get your arms around this magic number, be sure to focus on your long-term and short-term needs. Successful businesses anticipate their future cash needs, make plans, and execute capital acquisition strategies well before they find themselves in a cash crunch. When it comes to figuring out how much money you'll need, keep these three axioms in mind:As businesses grow, they often go through several rounds or stages of financing.These different rounds are often targeted to specific phases of a company's growth (for example, the seed round is applicable to start-up companies that are too early in their development to attract the attention of the larger venture capital firms) and, therefore, require different strategies and different networks of potential investors.• Raising capital will be an ongoing issue for your business — you'll never have too much cash. In fact, company growth, acquisitions of other firms, and unforeseen problems can put a very real strain on your company's financial health. Plan for the capital acquisition process to become a way of life for you and your business.• Capital never arrives as quickly as you think it will. It can take some time (from a few months to many, many months) from identifying the need for capital to the time you can actually raise it.• Foreseeing your capital needs well in advance through periodic plan updates can avoid delays in getting your financing and growing your business.The above 3 are the most common and critical problems faced by business owners even the most veteran business owners; we have a client that has constant need for capital raising, in fact, he raised over $50 million over past 10 years, but he always did that at last minute like, we need pay employees next month, let’s go and raise capital now.Capital raising will be an ongoing exercise for any company, and as the matter of fact, you should always make it as a priority even if your business is a mature business; to sum up, capital raising really determines your firms’ cashflow projection and analysis capability.In our next article, we will continue cover other problems often faced by start-up companies when comes to capital raising and cashflow projections.110 Capital Raising Strategies is now available from ResearchWhitePaper ( [please contact me for website address] as well as other Capital Providers Guides relating to industries and regions.
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