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Securities and Investing FAQ and Resources

Who can I legally ask to invest in my company?

It used to be that companies that aren't listed on a stock exchange were prohibited from asking most people to invest. In September 2013, the rules changed, so now you can ask anyone to invest.

But you can't yet accept money from everyone, and before you ask anyone for money, there are things you need to do to avoid breaking the law. Continue reading or download our infographic for more details.

Who can I legally sell shares of my company to?

Even though you can now legally ask anyone to invest with you (as long as you've completed all the prerequisites), you still can't legally accept investments from just anyone.

In 2014, new equity crowd funding rules take effect which will allow everyone to invest. However, there will still be restrictions regarding how funds can be raised, whether a broker is required, how you can advertise, limits on how much most people can invest, and many other rules that you'll need to follow.

What legal requirements must I meet before getting started?

Most business owners don't realize that even asking people to invest in them before completing certain requirements can violate securities law and get them in a lot of trouble. And the rules and requirements vary by state, by how much money you'll be raising, and various other factors.

The changes to equity raising rules open up vast new opportunities for both investors and companies seeking to raise capital. But it is still important to work with an attorney who has experience with securities law and understands how the new rules apply to your specific circumstances. For example, would you be better off seeking "crowd funding", or going with a 506(c) offering? And how do the requirements for each differ?

We can guide you through the process of raising equity. But before we begin, we want to be sure that your business is ready to make a good impression on potential investors. Continue reading for more on how we can help you prepare.

How can I interest investors in my company?

When investors go looking for a start-up to fund, they're looking for far more than just somebody with a great idea for a product. They also need to feel confident that you're going to run your business right -- that you're going to turn a profit.

Through our experience working with businesses and investors, we've discovered several primary keys to turning your great business idea into a great investment. We've prepared a guide for you with information and exercises to help ensure that you're prepared to make a great impression.

Download your copy of our guide to preparing to raise capital today.

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