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Many entrepreneurs have "angels" watching over them, quite literally. These financial and advisory angels (or angel investors) are often responsible for the success or failure of a startup. There are no set rules to what angels can do for an entrepreneur and what they can expect in return. That's why angels are sought after with such intensity and why you must be especially vigilant in reviewing their offers.
What Are Angel Investors?
Angel investors are typically wealthy individuals or fellow entrepreneurs — rarely professional venture capitalists — who are willing to do whatever it takes to get a startup off the ground, which usually means money. In general, angel investing involves funding, advice and various kinds of management support. Normally, angels invest
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CrowdFunding: What Is It?
Crowdfunding involves a lot of people investing a small amount of money to start a project. This is typically seen over the internet, but can also be done in other ways. Asking strangers for money may seem awkward, but it doesn't have to be. There are a lot of excellent crowdfunding sites that people trust. By using one of those sites and having a great project, you have a higher chance of getting people to help you.
Equity crowdfunding has been a newer option available under the Jumpstart Our Jobs (JOBS) Act.
What Are the Types of CrowdFunding?
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Choosing the right structure for your business is one of the most important steps you will take in your company’s journey. The right structure will protect you from liability, ensure maximum tax advantages, and position you for success. The first question is whether to incorporate your business at all. This decision requires, at a minimum, a basic understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of corporations.
What are the Different Types of Corporations?
There are two primary types of corporations:
- General Corporations, or “C” Corporations, is the most common business structure in the United States. C Corporations are able to issue shares to raise funds from investors. C Corporations have an unlimited number of shareholders. These shareholders are protected from business liabilities. However, C Corporations are usually subject to double taxat
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Determine What Kind of Business You Want
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What Is Right of First Offer?
Right of first offer is an agreement that when an owner is ready to sell or lease an asset, the holder of the right of first offer gets the first chance to buy or lease the property within a given time frame. Once the holder has made the offer, the seller is able to accept or refuse the offer. If the seller refuses it, he or she can move on to a third party offer.
Right of First Offer: In Depth
Most commonly, right of first offer is used in contracts within the real estate market and in the selling and buying of businesses. Typically, the stipulation is included in a tenant-landlord contract and in businesses with business partners and investors.
The most practical reason to have right of first offer is for a commercial tenant. If the owner decides to sell, it would give the tenant a chance to make an offer. If accepted, this prevents the need for the tenant to move his or her business to a new location.