Chapter 1: Funding your startupIt takes diligence to find lenders, especially in a weak economy. We present various sources of funding -- from bank loans to angel investors -- and tips on how to woo them.Finding a bank loanAngel investorsOnline investors, lenders6 ways to fund IRS paymentsSmall-business microlending on the riseStarting a business in a recessionChapter 2: Setting up the businessThere are so many issues to consider when you decide how you want to structure your company, not to mention retirement and healthcare plans. Here are tips on the best structure, as well as information on renting space, designing a Web site, and hiring employees.Structuring your businessNegotiating a leaseHiring the best employeesRetirement plansHealth care plansDesigning a Web siteSmall-biz owners go home5 tips for small-business successChapter 3: Management strategiesNow that the business is up and running, you need to think about managing through thick and thin, motivating employees, and what you might be able to do to avoid layoffs.Managing in a recessionGetting the most from internsMotivating employeesAlternatives to layoffsPros and cons of skipping a salary3 ways to boost your small businessSmall business ROBS may hurt retirement7 ways to minimize small business risksChapter 4: Tools for survivalUse these calculators and videos to help you with an array of business challenges, from amortizing a loan, figuring your profit margin, and planning for retirement. Read on advertisementRelated Links:Keep your job AND a side business4 ways employers can cut commuting costs4 ways to make cash onlineRelated Articles:3 business loan sources'Will work for microloan'3 financial risks
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