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Family and Friends Funding

Here’s a great excerpt from an article about obtaining funding from family and friends. This excerpt stresses the need to keep it professional. Everyone – you, your family member(s) or your friend(s) will all feel much more comfortable if you professionally document your agreement. It also removes the, “I thought you said or meant…” factor, which often happens when friends and family communicate but don’t document that communication. As I’ve said before, it always amazes me how two people can be in the same conversation but have vastly different recollections of what was said. You avoid this by documenting your important discussions, such as those related to raising funds. The Entrepreneur.com article by Eileen P. Gunn, Five Tips for Asking Friends and Family for Funding, has a number of other tips you may find of interest. Click on the title to read the article in its entirety.

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“Keep your documents and communications business-like.
When you’re dealing with people you know well, it’s easy to want to keep agreements informal out of concern that official documents might make things feel less friendly. But don’t be too casual.

If you don’t want to involve a lawyer (but if equity is involved, you should), you may want to consider trying websites such as 40billion, Caplinked or LendingKarma that can help you structure, document and manage investments from friends and family.”

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About Tiffany C. Wright

Hi! I,Tiffany C. Wright, am the author of the ebook, "Help! I Need Money for My Business Now!!" and the book "Solving the Capital Equation: Financing Solutions for Small Businesses", available on Amazon. I am the president of Toca Family Business Services, a short-term & project-based interim management & strategic and financial advisory firm, located in Atlanta, Georgia. In the past five years I've helped small and medium companies restructure and obtain over $31 Million in financing and a similar amount in purchase orders and contracts. I have an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University. Personal: I enjoy investing. I am a prodigious reader of everything from business books, magazines, and newspapers to horror and popular fiction. I read 4-6 books per month. I also love to travel. I've been to 33 countries on 5 continents and lived in Japan for 2.5 years and aim for a foreign locale twice a year. I am also an athlete and run track on the Master's Circuit. The highlight was placing 7th in my age group in the 2007 World Master's Track and Field Championships in Italy.

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The Resourceful CEO, Tiffany C. Wright

the president of Toca Family Business Services, a strategic and financial advisory firm which provides short-term & project-based C-level management. She is the author of Solving the Financial Equation: Financing Solutions for Small Businesses, available on Amazon.

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