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5 Reasons Your Business Plan Won’t Get Funded

 

You might have read that it’s difficult to get cash for your business. But the truth is that it’s always been difficult to get cash for your business. Investors, banks, friends and family, aren’t going to let you throw money away.

 

I’ve put together these tips in the slideshare above to show you the most common pitfalls in getting funding for your business based on my experience writing and delivering investor presentations. 

But, more importantly, I’ll show you how you can improve your chances of being successful in your funding.

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5 Tools To Grow Your Business

One of the most common queries I get from business owners is what tools do I recommend for this or that aspect of growing a business. I’ve put together a list of my top 5 tools I use to grow my business in my Ultimate Tools Cheat Sheet. These are the tools I use everyday [...]

Free Chapter: How To Make Your Business Plan Lift Off

  Free chapter download: How To Make Your Business Plan Lift Off Whether you’re starting a business, seeking funding or looking for board approval, you want to give it the best shot at making it a success. How to make your business plan lift off is practical book I wrote to give you the knowledge [...]

The Purpose Of A Business

  The Purpose of a Business   What is the purpose of a business? To make money? To make world beating products? To change the world? The purpose of a business, as Peter Drucker, the management guru famously said, is to create a customer. Which means that if the purpose of a business is to [...]

How To Prioritise Projects

A Simple System To Prioritise Projects   Most of the time we have too many projects on the go which makes prioritising projects a nightmare. If we knew how to prioritise projects better then we’d get more done. But it’s not just getting more stuff done that will grow your business.  No, It’s doing the [...]

The Time Management System Worth $2.9m

Steve Jobs once said that “the most precious resource we all have is time”. So it’s no wonder that so many of us are obsessed with managing time more successfully by adopting the perfect time management system. But how can any time management system be worth $2.9m? I first came across this story in the [...]

The Best Management Books

The Best Management Books (That aren’t actually about management). I’m often asked, what are the best management books? Over the years I’ve read many management books. Books about managing people, managing customers, managing suppliers, managing productivity, the list goes on. Many of which have left me underwhelmed and some have left me disappointed. Even books [...]

Beware of The Bright Shiny Object Syndrome

Bright Shiny Object Syndrome, is in my experience, the biggest problem facing most business owners and entrepreneurs today. Chances are, you’re a sufferer too. You see, entrepreneurs by their very nature, see opportunity at every turn. They look to make things better, meet a need, provide a cheaper alternative or fix a problem. It’s not [...]

How To Stop Procrastinating and Get Things Done

  Procrastinating is the act of putting important and urgent things off by doing something more interesting or more pleasurable. Like watching TV, or by using the biggest time suck of all: Facebook. “My advice is never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.” – Charles Dickens Of course, [...]