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Finance Toolkit

It makes the world go round or so “they” ( whoever they are) say. Of course some others say it’s good old fashioned love. We reckon it’s the sun’s gravitational business toolkitpull...Anyhow,back to the money stuff.

If you want to be able to turn your idea into something real, you have to think about the pennies.
The first questions you need to ask yourself are:

Is that pocket money you’ve been saving since you were 12 going to be enough?
If not, where are you going to get the money you need?

There are all sorts of people and places who can help. Places like:

  • Banks
  • Government Support
  • Enterprise Agencies
  • Crowdfunders
  • Angel Investors
  • Startup Competitions

Have you worked out how much it’s all going to cost?

You’re going to need to work out budgets and costs and forecasts for things like:

  • setting up - the legals, the accounting costs, the utility costs
  • the techy stuff - the website development, the software and hardware you’ll need
  • the practical stuff - the office space, the stationery, the business cards
  • the people stuff - are you going to get paid? Will Jimbob and Matilda get paid?

Yes, there’s a lot to think about. But we’re going to try and make it easier by letting you know about all the places and people who can help fill your coffers.

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The Basics of Seed Funding
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Devils, Worms and Vinegar - How to Tackle Late Payment
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Financial news round-up for small businesses
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