Are you interested in finding investors for your business? The first thing you need to do is make sure your business plan is ready. If you haven't prepared a complete, integrated financial pro forma and market analysis for your concept—then had it vetted by associates and revised to answer common questions—then you aren't ready to meet with investors. Once you can put a check mark in those boxes, though, how do you go about finding people with the capital to back you? There are many avenues you can pursue. First, do you know anyone personally who might give you an audience? Think hard; so-called angel investors—say, a rich aunt or a successful former colleague—could give you a real shot and getting the funding you need. If your business plan is solid and you're able to sell it with passion, there are accredited investors everywhere. Wealthy people looking to diversify their investments could team with you on a start-up they believe in.
But what if you need more capital than this would allow? If you need to meet with an institutional investment firm or venture capital group? These aren't hard to find. Business listings, city-specific directories, and investment magazines all give information about these agencies and provide contact numbers for you to try to get your foot in the door. There are online tools, many of them free to all users, that can show you precisely which firms are interested in projects of your scope and size. If you get a meeting set up, remember that your business plan will be scrutinized. Consider all of the likely questions in advance so you can present with as much polish as possible. Practice your elevator pitch and remember that presentation can mean everything. If you aren't confident in your plan, you won't succeed. Need your plan reviewed, or want the experts to tune it up? MasterPlans is the industry's leading business planning firm and they can help you make certain that you're ready. Call MasterPlans at 877-453-2011.
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