Make Your Business Successful

How To Make Your Business Successful

Kurt GraverBusiness Development, Business Start-up Advice, Business Success Formula

There are a couple of questions we get asked a lot. “How to run a successful business?” and “How do we get from being a start-up to being a successful and established business?” We have studied hundreds of different businesses and have identified five characteristics, most of which share. They have a strategic direction and a clear plan for achieving …


The Modern Business Plan – How Business Plans Have Changed

Kurt GraverBusiness Funding, Business Plan

The last economic crisis profoundly impacted how entrepreneurs and business owners finance their businesses and write business plans.  Higher interest rates mean it will be harder to secure a business loan. Banks have been reluctant to lend money to start-ups without offering significant collateral against the loan. Despite all the publicity that they are lending more money than ever, banks …

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How To Get A Business Startup Loan – A Definitive Guide

Kurt GraverBusiness Funding, Business Start-up Guides

The Startup Loan Scheme started in May 2012. It is a government-funded initiative that provides start-up funding and mentoring for entrepreneurs across the United Kingdom. It helps solve the problem of supporting people who have a feasible business idea or want to become self-employed but have no access to funding. The Start-Up Loan programme aims to equip enterprising individuals with …


Crowdfunding a Startup: Access Capital & Validate Your Idea

Kurt GraverBusiness Funding, Business Start-up Advice

Crowdfunding has exploded in popularity as a way for entrepreneurs to raise capital for their startups. With the rise of platforms like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and GoFundMe, founders have new options to get their innovative ideas beyond traditional funding sources like loans or investors. However, running an effective crowdfunding campaign requires thorough planning and flawless execution. This comprehensive guide covers step-by-step …

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Top Reasons Why Startups Fail and How to Avoid Them

Kurt GraverBusiness Start-up Advice

The statistics are daunting – over 90% of startups fail within the first year. However, this shouldn’t deter budding entrepreneurs. With careful planning and execution, you can address why startups fail and avoid them. Most startups don’t fail because of one catastrophe but rather death by a thousand papercuts. Small oversights and missteps compound over time. This guide covers the …