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The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, is a law signed into effect by President Obama in 2012, designed to promote the growth of jobs in small businesses. Its goal is to make it easier for startups to raise the money and equity they need to grow, and give startups and small businesses more access to capital.
Why Is the JOBS Act Important?
The JOBS Act has seven sections overall, but three key sections are pertinent to investors.
Title II allows public advertisements of securities offerings to accredited investors.
Title III opens the door to equity crowdfunding directed at the general public and gives non-accredited investors more opportunities to invest in startups.
It takes money to turn a great idea into a great product, but “money doesn’t grow on trees” and you may not have thousands of dollars just waiting to be spent. So how do you turn your dream into a reality? Here are some of the best options.
Self-Funding / Bootstrapping
Many entrepreneurs start with some level of self-funding (also known as bootstrapping) and, in fact, future investors likely will want to see that you have some “skin in the game”. Even if you can only put in a little money, it is worth considering the benefits. For example, you don't have to worry about keeping investors happy. You also can keep more profits to yourself. Many founders also hold off on taking a salary, consider tapping into the 401(k) retirement account, and/or have a side job to help make ends meet while they get their business up and running.
You also can use your
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What Is a Contract?
A contract is a legal agreement between two or more parties. A business contract includes the following:
- Names of all parties
- Contract beginning and end dates
- Payment amounts and schedule
- Steps to take when a party breaks the contract
- Signature with date
Business Contracts: What Are They?
Also known as a contractual business relationship or an agreement, a contract describes expectations for an interaction. It ensures all parties agree to the terms of their relationship.
A contract should include:
- Offer: One party makes the offer, and the other accepts it.
- Exchange: This includes money, goods, and services.
Why Are Contracts Important?
Contracts are essential to protect your business interests. They define boundaries and solutions to any potential problems and
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What Is Recapitalization?
Recapitalization (recap) takes place when a company undergoes a restructuring of its financials. When this occurs, debt and equity are re-assessed and re-allotted. The goal, usually, is to improve the company's overall stability or status. It generally occurs with the exchange of one type of financing for another. For example, shares may be exchanged for bonds, and so on.
Recapitalization is the way to organize a corporation's capital structure, including stock ownership and the rights and liabilities connected to each class or genre of stock. For shareholders of a business held together, this type of recapitalization is a nuanced, progressive strategy. In this sense, when undergoing recapitalization, a business is literally reorganizing — rights are being reorganized as they relate to stocks.
Why Consider Recapitalization?
Some reasons for recapitalization include the following:
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Preferred Equity: What is it?
Preferred equity is a general term used to describe any class of securities (stock, limited liability units, limited partnership interests) that has higher priority for distributions of a company’s cash flow or profits than common equity. Typically, all cash flow/profits remaining after required payments to a company's lenders are distributed to the preferred equity investors until they receive the full amount of a previously agreed upon return, commonly stated as a fixed percentage annual rate.
Preferred equity can also be thought of as form of equity measurement that takes into account the company’s preferred shareholder equity and disregards common shareholder equity. Another