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The ABCs of Startup Finance

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A Founders’ Guide to Startup Finances and Survival

So you’ve decided to start a business. You’ve fleshed out your idea, nailed down your game plan, and you have a bit of cash to keep you going for the next year.

Month one goes by and everything’s peachy.

Month two creeps up and things are feeling a little tight.

Month three rolls around and YIKESyou’re already out of money.

Many new startups underestimate the costs and the time it takes to get up and running. If you’re an up-and-coming founder, buckle up for the ride of your life. Launching a startup is a rollercoaster of emotions, successes, and potential failures.

But these risks are part of the reason why you took the plunge in the first place. Entrepreneurship gives you the freedom to innovate new ideas and products, hire your own team, gain traction, and if all goes well, rake in the high returns to become self-sustaining.

The key to saving yourself from the financial drain of starting a new business lies in the numbers. But what do you do if you don’t have the cash, experience, or the know-how to keep your books straight while running your business smoothly?

Fortunately, there is a wellspring of resources out there for startup founders, and our resident experts at Harvest have put together this finance guide for entrepreneurs wanting to keep their early-stage companies as healthy as can be.

We’ve sifted through page after page of articles and templates, collecting the best practices and tales from companies who have made it to the promised land of self-sufficiency. More importantly, we’ve uncovered lessons from those who have seen the startup graveyard and can help forge your path to avoid costly mistakes.

When you’re through, you’ll have a solid idea of where your numbers are leading you, how you can leverage opportunities to grow and refine your business, and of course, find effective ways to keep money pumping.

Let’s get to it.

  1. The Basics
  1. Building Your Financial Model
  1. Startup Equity and ROI
  1. Raising Capital
  1. Poor Money Moves that Flamed Out These Startups
  • The biggest product flops from corporate giants, including Google Glass.
  • Quibi’s crash landing barely six months after going live
  • Australian neobank Xinja throws in the towel after a capital-raising drought
  • Dubai’s Awok goes bust just after a year raising $30 million Series A, one of the largest investment rounds for an e-commerce startup in the region.

6. Smart Money Moves That Landed Success  

7. Mapping Out Your Exit Strategy

Building a financially sustainable business isn't easy work, especially for early-stage startups that find themselves burning through cash. A poor business model and lack of cash flow are your early warning signals that you may be depleting your resources faster than you can keep up with.

But when you're disciplined and plan ahead, you have the advantage to minimize your risks and max out your rewards. The best way to become a self-sustaining company is to develop a well-formulated financial roadmap.

By focusing on your mission, laying down a strong financial model, and zeroing in on available opportunities, you can launch and scale your business without worrying about steady revenue. Now that you've got the ABCs, or should we say 123's of startup finance down, it's time to put it to good use.

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The ABCs of Startup Finance

A Founders’ Guide to Startup Finances and Survival

So you’ve decided to start a business. You’ve fleshed out your idea, nailed down your game plan, and you have a bit of cash to keep you going for the next year.

Month one goes by and everything’s peachy.

Month two creeps up and things are feeling a little tight.

Month three rolls around and YIKESyou’re already out of money.

Many new startups underestimate the costs and the time it takes to get up and running. If you’re an up-and-coming founder, buckle up for the ride of your life. Launching a startup is a rollercoaster of emotions, successes, and potential failures.

But these risks are part of the reason why you took the plunge in the first place. Entrepreneurship gives you the freedom to innovate new ideas and products, hire your own team, gain traction, and if all goes well, rake in the high returns to become self-sustaining.

The key to saving yourself from the financial drain of starting a new business lies in the numbers. But what do you do if you don’t have the cash, experience, or the know-how to keep your books straight while running your business smoothly?

Fortunately, there is a wellspring of resources out there for startup founders, and our resident experts at Harvest have put together this finance guide for entrepreneurs wanting to keep their early-stage companies as healthy as can be.

We’ve sifted through page after page of articles and templates, collecting the best practices and tales from companies who have made it to the promised land of self-sufficiency. More importantly, we’ve uncovered lessons from those who have seen the startup graveyard and can help forge your path to avoid costly mistakes.

When you’re through, you’ll have a solid idea of where your numbers are leading you, how you can leverage opportunities to grow and refine your business, and of course, find effective ways to keep money pumping.

Let’s get to it.

  1. The Basics
  1. Building Your Financial Model
  1. Startup Equity and ROI
  1. Raising Capital
  1. Poor Money Moves that Flamed Out These Startups

6. Smart Money Moves That Landed Success  

7. Mapping Out Your Exit Strategy

Building a financially sustainable business isn't easy work, especially for early-stage startups that find themselves burning through cash. A poor business model and lack of cash flow are your early warning signals that you may be depleting your resources faster than you can keep up with.

But when you're disciplined and plan ahead, you have the advantage to minimize your risks and max out your rewards. The best way to become a self-sustaining company is to develop a well-formulated financial roadmap.

By focusing on your mission, laying down a strong financial model, and zeroing in on available opportunities, you can launch and scale your business without worrying about steady revenue. Now that you've got the ABCs, or should we say 123's of startup finance down, it's time to put it to good use.

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The ABCs of Startup Finance

Guide

A Founders’ Guide to Startup Finances and Survival

So you’ve decided to start a business. You’ve fleshed out your idea, nailed down your game plan, and you have a bit of cash to keep you going for the next year.

Month one goes by and everything’s peachy.

Month two creeps up and things are feeling a little tight.

Month three rolls around and YIKESyou’re already out of money.

Many new startups underestimate the costs and the time it takes to get up and running. If you’re an up-and-coming founder, buckle up for the ride of your life. Launching a startup is a rollercoaster of emotions, successes, and potential failures.

But these risks are part of the reason why you took the plunge in the first place. Entrepreneurship gives you the freedom to innovate new ideas and products, hire your own team, gain traction, and if all goes well, rake in the high returns to become self-sustaining.

The key to saving yourself from the financial drain of starting a new business lies in the numbers. But what do you do if you don’t have the cash, experience, or the know-how to keep your books straight while running your business smoothly?

Fortunately, there is a wellspring of resources out there for startup founders, and our resident experts at Harvest have put together this finance guide for entrepreneurs wanting to keep their early-stage companies as healthy as can be.

We’ve sifted through page after page of articles and templates, collecting the best practices and tales from companies who have made it to the promised land of self-sufficiency. More importantly, we’ve uncovered lessons from those who have seen the startup graveyard and can help forge your path to avoid costly mistakes.

When you’re through, you’ll have a solid idea of where your numbers are leading you, how you can leverage opportunities to grow and refine your business, and of course, find effective ways to keep money pumping.

Let’s get to it.

  1. The Basics
  1. Building Your Financial Model
  1. Startup Equity and ROI
  1. Raising Capital
  1. Poor Money Moves that Flamed Out These Startups
  • The biggest product flops from corporate giants, including Google Glass.
  • Quibi’s crash landing barely six months after going live
  • Australian neobank Xinja throws in the towel after a capital-raising drought
  • Dubai’s Awok goes bust just after a year raising $30 million Series A, one of the largest investment rounds for an e-commerce startup in the region.

6. Smart Money Moves That Landed Success  

7. Mapping Out Your Exit Strategy

Building a financially sustainable business isn't easy work, especially for early-stage startups that find themselves burning through cash. A poor business model and lack of cash flow are your early warning signals that you may be depleting your resources faster than you can keep up with.

But when you're disciplined and plan ahead, you have the advantage to minimize your risks and max out your rewards. The best way to become a self-sustaining company is to develop a well-formulated financial roadmap.

By focusing on your mission, laying down a strong financial model, and zeroing in on available opportunities, you can launch and scale your business without worrying about steady revenue. Now that you've got the ABCs, or should we say 123's of startup finance down, it's time to put it to good use.

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