Alternative Financing Options For SMEs (Other Than Your Bank)

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As well as your bank, if you are raising finance then there are other avenues out there to help find funds and supports to finance your business. Here are a few alternative financing options for SMEs (other than your bank):

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How To Value Your Business

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The market can be a fickle thing, and whether you’re currently running a thriving business that you want to make some money on, or you’ve been having a few issues, it’s not necessarily always the right time to sell. Getting out quickly is one thing, when you finally make the decision to let your business go, but getting out at the right time is a much more sensible way to go, so it’s important that you regularly ask “how much is my business worth?” in order to ensure you’re ready to make a move when the time is right. Read on for some tips on how to value your business...

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5 Things You Need to Attract Investors to Your Startup

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One of the most exciting, and most frightening times for a team that is launching a startup is when it is time to pitch your products or services to potential investors. In fact, it is a bit like presenting your baby to the outside world and hoping everybody loves it as much as you. When you work to attract investors to your startup, you actually have several things to accomplish. The first, and most obvious is obtaining the funds you need to get your company to the next stage. However, in addition to this, you also want to get the best terms possible, and maintain as much control over your business as you possibly can. Here are 5 things you need to attract investors to your startup:

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7 Tips for Better Invoicing for Start Ups

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Invoicing is among the most important aspects of operating a small business. However, it can be such a big hassle at times - particularly if you are a start up company and new to the process. Here are 7 tips for better invoicing for start-ups:

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The Co-Innovate Programme and The Power of Partnerships

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Are you wanting to develop a new product, service or process? Have you ever considered a partnership to drive innovation in your business? Have you looked at The Co-Innovate Programme? Find out more about the programme and the power of partnerships:

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7 Vital Tips If You are Asked For a Personal Guarantee

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Let’s face it, no business owner relishes the prospect of providing a personal guarantee. As a small business owner I know the slightly sinking feeling of signing on the dotted line and the "what if’s" that run through your mind. However Personal Guarantees are simply a fact of life. Here are 7 vital tips if you are asked for a Personal Guarantee.

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6 Common Money Mistakes Business Owners Make

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Chances are, you started your business because you’re ambitious, you have big ideas and a clear vision of how your company will look when it’s thriving. While all of these traits are important – essential, even - in a business owner, the nitty-gritty of day-to-day management and attention to unglamorous details can prove just as crucial if your business is to survive through hard times as well as the glory days. Here are 6 common money mistakes business owners make:

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How to Save Money on Your Startup Transportation Costs

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If your small business ships product or has services that require transport, then you can often find your fuel costs causing a headache. However, there are many ways to keep your transportation costs low throughout the year. Here are some tips to help you save money on your startup transportation costs:

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Financial Management Tips to Keep the Cash Flowing

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There are so many intriguing layers to running a business. Though you may have the best products and services in your industry, they all mean nothing if you can't properly manage your cash flow. You need cash to adequately market your products and services, hire and pay staff, manufacture and produce results, and provide customer service. If your cash is always tied up in one aspect of business or another, your business stands to become stagnant. To avoid this common pitfall, here are some tips on effectively managing your cash flow:

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What Scaling Ecommerce Companies Need to Know About Finances

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If you’re at the helm of an online selling brand, then, and you’re aspiring to reach that next level, how can you get all your ducks in a row? What do you need to know about handling your corporate finances? Here are some key points:

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Grants and Support to Help New Businesses in Ireland

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You think you have a great business idea – but how do you get it off the ground? Well, for budding entrepreneurs, there’s no end of help available. Here's a round up of grants and supports to help new businesses in Ireland:

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7 Things a VC Looks for in a Startup

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With the number of startups mushrooming all over the world, one would think that investors are just dying to give away money to new business ventures. Take the case of unicorn startups for instance. Once an unheard of phenomenon (hence the name unicorn startups), these are startup firms that are valued at $1 billion or more. Numbers like this would obviously excite a wannabe entrepreneur and spark the hope that their new venture has what it takes to become the next big unicorn. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as it looks. Here are 7 things a VC looks for in a startup:

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Small Business Credit Cards – Should You Use Them or Not?

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As an owner of a small business it is quite likely that you would have been at the receiving end of numerous credit card offers for running your business. It is worthwhile to consider the utility of credit cards for obtaining a line of credit and compare it with others available to you. Interestingly, credit cards have already emerged as the single biggest form of finance for small businesses. Small business credit cards - should you use them or not?

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What is Invoice Finance?

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Invoice Finance is a flexible and revolving facility that provides funding to companies who provide trade credit to their debtors, the funds can be used for a variety of purposes such as working capital, negotiation of better terms with suppliers or as part of a funding package to acquire a business. The facility funds the company in the period from issuance of an invoice until their debtor makes payment – essentially it allows the company to release funds tied up in the working capital cycle.

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Tips for Start-ups on Choosing the Right Accounting Software

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Being unaware of the financial status of the business can cost startups dearly, at times leading to failed endeavours. But picking the right software takes time and can feel overwhelming. Here are some tips for start ups for choosing the right accounting software:

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How Running a Green Fleet Can End Up Saving Your Business Money

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Running a green fleet is beneficial in many different ways. Not only are you helping the environment by reducing your emissions, but you could end up saving money as well. Fleet car insurance brokers often offer a reduced price for eco-friendly drivers’ premiums. Here, we’ll look into green fleets and why they can make a significant difference to the world and your business costs.

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11 Bookkeeping Basics Every Business Owner Should Know

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Are you on top of your business accounting? Here are tips on bookkeeping basics that every business owner should know. They will help you bookkeep more efficiently and reduce the possibility of costly mistakes being made.

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VAT in Ireland: Top Business Tips (Part 1)

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VAT isn’t something for business owners to fear – but it does need to be navigated proactively and with informed confidence. Here is part 1 of our series about VAT in Ireland: top business tips.

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Start Up Struggles: How to Cut Costs and Improve Efficiency

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When you consider the fact that the majority of business fail in the first five years, cutting costs and improving efficiency should be the mantra of any startup. If you follow sound financial principles, you can turn your business around and start pulling in a profit before your business reaches the dreaded state of no return. Here are some tips for how to cut costs and improve efficiency:

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20 Questions to Ask a Franchisor Before Considering a Franchise

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If you are considering joining a franchise you will need to carry out due diligence before coming to a decision. Any established, reputable franchisor will be ready to answer your questions and introduce you to the rest of their network. Here are 20 questions you should ask a franchisor before you make the decision to buy into a franchise.

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