Author: Joshua Shaw

How to Become a Successful Vlogger

If I told you that you could become a sucessful vlogger, would you believe me?

Or do you think that there is too much competition?

YouTube is saturated — 500 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. There are dozens of million-dollar YouTubers creating thousands of hours of video a year.

How could you possibly break through the noise?

Well, I’m here to tell you that video blogging still has huge potential.

Just look at the growth of video ad investment among brands and agencies and where it’s predicted to go:

average video spend and its impact on successful vloggers

Investment is growing because it’s following consumption. More than 85% of US internet users watch video ads.

It might not be as easy as it was five or seven years ago to break onto the vlogging scene, video is more important than ever to build a successful online marketing strategy.

Why?

First, video remains one of the best and most effective ways for people to get to know you.

When they see you, their brain develops an impression of you that helps to build trust. You’re not just an anonymous content creator trying to drive your business. You’re a real person.

Second, video is a preferred method people have for gaining information. The stats don’t lie. People spend up to 2.6 times as long on web pages with video than without video.

Third, the cost of good equipment keeps on falling, and the cameras in our phones keep getting better.

Fourth, video has a strong impact on the user experience, and therefore SEO. A video on your site can increase organic traffic by 157%. Check out this infographic:

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Finally, video blogging can be lucrative in itself. The top YouTubers make between $14 and $22 million dollars a year.

The power of video is undeniable.

All of this brings up the question: how can you become a successful vlogger?

I’m going to explain the steps you need to take to become a successful vlogger, from starting a vlog and coming up with concepts for a video series to making a quality video and making sure people find your videos.

Let’s jump in.

How to Come up With a Concept for a Series of Videos

Many people follow the desire to make a video by coming up with one idea for one video.

That would be like starting a blog with an idea for only one article.

As you probably know, that wouldn’t get you very far.

I explain how long content marketing takes in this video:

Video, like any other form of content marketing, needs a long-term strategy defined by a subject, tone of voice, and approach.

Here’s a question to ask yourself:

“What am I trying to convey to my audience?”

Once you know what you’re trying to do, you can define your vlogging content concept:

  • What should the format be? Should I do screen capture demos of step-by-step instructions? Should I be out and about talking to people? Should I talk into the camera?
  • What can I do with video that I can’t do in other formats like the written word?
  • How often am I going to make videos? How much time can I dedicate to them?

You have to document your plan to determine if it’s going to be feasible for long enough to achieve your goals.

The reality is people need to see consistency in order to understand why they should subscribe to your channel.

If you are making random, sporadic videos, it’s going to be harder to convince people to follow you.

The content of your video will be what determines your success.

That is, of course, only if you make quality videos.

How to Create Quality Video Content for Your Vlog

Video making is a complicated profession. When you see all of the elements that go into shooting a television broadcast or feature film you can be forgiven for thinking that you could never make anything like that.

how to become a successful vlogger.

And you probably can’t.

That’s OK.

People who are going to watch your video on your blog are not expecting a Steven Spielberg production.

People understand what vlogging is.

But that doesn’t mean that you should not care about quality. Quality is still super important.

Luckily, the cost of creating quality video has been steadily dropping and continues to drop. There are more and more types of equipment available that can make your video go from amateur to professional-looking.

Step 1. Get a Camera and Tripod

You might be tempted to use your iPhone.

And honestly, cameras on smartphones have gotten amazing over the years. You have probably taken some great photos and videos on your phone already.

But smartphone cameras are difficult for serious video blogging for the following reasons:

  • They are hard to mount properly
  • They have very limited field of depth
  • They have very limited exposure options
  • Sound sucks

Selfie videos are best used for things like Instagram Stories.

They can be a part of your video strategy but shouldn’t be the foundation of it.

Cameras range in quality a lot, from basic models that run in the low hundreds to professional gear that can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Most DSLR cameras also have video modes, though the options can be just as limited as on smartphones.

If you don’t know, DSLR cameras look like this:

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The good news is that if you’re not chasing snow leopards in the wild, you won’t need all of those fancy settings.

What you need is a camera with a good lens that’s can take high-quality video. Not 4K necessarily, but enough quality to be able to work with if you want to add any extras.

You can find refurbished HD digital video cameras like this one for under $200.

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Then, mount that camera onto a tripod. Nothing is worse than shaky video.

You could always place your camera on a table or shelf, but tripods are very affordable and give you 100% control of your filming.

Full-size tripods can go for less than $20, so there’s really no excuse not to have one.

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Step 2. Get a Microphone

You can either get a camera with a mic-in jack to plug in an external microphone (something you can also do when filming with your smartphone), or you can buy a USB microphone and record the sound directly to your computer.

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It depends on the type of conditions you’re filming in, but you usually don’t want to capture sound from directly from the camera.

Separating the recording between two devices adds the challenge of having to sync up sound and image later.

You can overcome this by creating a clap sound that spikes up your audio visualizer for each syncing, then you line that up with the audio from the video.

video editing software for a successful vlog

I can’t stress the importance of having great sound in your videos. Sound is one of our fundamental senses and it should be a part of your marketing strategy.

Here are a few ways to leverage the power of sound:

Simply put, poorly recorded audio can turn people off and get in the way of you getting your message across.

Step 3. Create Your Lighting Setup

Lighting videos is an art all unto itself. But it’s surprisingly easy to get a great effect since there are normally only three primary lights in a video setup.

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The important thing is to separate yourself or your subject from the background. You can do this with the focus and depth of field, of course. But it really looks professional when there is a difference in lighting as well.

You don’t even need a professional lighting setup.

You can create a fairly decent lighting setup from lamps that you might have around the house.

You can also buy LED board lights that diffuse really well without getting hot — one of the drawbacks of using incandescent bulbs. You can buy versions that you can mount on your camera if you aren’t shooting in a controlled environment.

successful vlog how to light your videos

As a general rule, it’s better to be brighter. The image is clearer since the camera captures more light and therefore more detail.

Step 4. Get a Teleprompter

It’s great to be able to speak off the cuff effortlessly. There are some vloggers with a natural style that works really well. Take the beauty vlogger Freddy My Love. Her effortless and natural style has been honed from years of practice.

successful vlog example

Chances are, you will need help to deliver content in a clear and structured way.

You could memorize talking points and do a couple of takes. Then you can splice together the best parts.

That’s a longer process, though, than using a teleprompter.

A teleprompter makes it easier to hit all of the important points without memorizing or awkwardly transitioning between them. You could even write a script to follow verbatim.

But it’s more than a time saver. It drastically improves the way that you interact with your viewers.

Having notes or something written off screen causes you to break eye contact when you’re addressing your audience directly.

According to a study by Cornell University, humans will naturally increase eye contact with people that we admire or like.

Conversely, we tend to break eye contact when talking about embarrassing or uncomfortable subjects.

Viewers will subscribe to vloggers they respect. You can look directly into the eyes of your viewers while still reading your script or bullet points.

A teleprompter might seem complicated, but it’s actually pretty simple.

Teleprompting uses a slanted piece of glass to reflect the words so you can read them.

As long as there is darkness between the glass and the camera lens, the camera won’t pick up the light reflecting from the text on the glass. The camera will only see you.

You, however, will be able to clearly read the text as it scrolls. It looks like this:

how to use a teleprompter to vlog

You can buy a teleprompting setup and use your iPad or tablet with a teleprompting app.

There are also more advanced models that hook up to pedals for your feet that control how quickly the text scrolls.

If all that sounds like way too much, you can always try to build one yourself with a CD case and your smartphone to see if you like it.

Step 5. Do Your Makeup

This might sound a bit controversial – and I’m OK with that because I want you to have all of the options available to becoming successful – but people like watching videos with people who are put together.

(This explains why so many movie stars can be bad at acting.)

You don’t need to be Brad Pitt, and you definitely shouldn’t go overboard, but make an effort.

You’ve got an HD camera and a lighting setup. People have never seen you as clearly as right now.

For example, when you light yourself there will almost certainly be shiny parts of your skin. That’s your natural skin oil.

The most common makeup is a powder that absorbs oil so that your skin appears smooth without reflecting too much light.

how to vlog: tips on editing

Try testing your lighting setup and seeing where your skin is a bit too shiny.

Just to be clear, this goes for men as much as women.

Then, apply a powder if needed. Your video (and you) will look a whole lot more professional.

Step 6. Edit — A Lot

Making videos is like any other skill. You will get better at it the more you do it.

Video editing makes your life a lot easier by making it easier to cut between the best takes to more rapidly built your content.

Video editing software is easy to find — and use. iMovie comes on all macs and is available as an app on iOS.

The drag-and-drop interface makes it a snap to use.

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If you are ever wondering how to do something, like shorten a transition or overlay an image, there are tons of tutorials on YouTube.

The bottom line is that you should be creating a lot of content. The majority of it you might not even use. But you get better and better each time you try something new.

And you should be careful to avoid oversharing. Instead, you should focus on a more qualitative approach.

Even if you think you did something great the first time through, force yourself to try it again.

You never know when you’re going to stumble onto something great.

OK, you’ve got the keys to actually making your videos to execute your strategy, now comes the hard part.

How to Get People to See Your Vlogs

When you make a video, you are in control of everything.

You decide how much you can invest time and money into creating your video. You decide who you work with and what you want the outcome to be.

Then, you decide when you put it online.

You don’t decide when other people watch it.

You can only try to grab their attention.

Getting people to watch your video can be difficult, but there are many steps that you can take to maximize your potential audience and get more people to click play.

Step 1. Create an Awesome Thumbnail

The first thing that many people will see is the thumbnail on the player before they start the video.

In fact, this is the piece of communication that reaches all the people that come across your video but don’t play it.

That digital real estate is your little promo box and can drive engagement. Take the time to make it great.

Here are two examples from Gary Vaynerchuk. He varies the style of the thumbnail from a photo collage with the title in a fun YouTube-style:

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To a more elegant and serious tone when his subject matter is more inspirational:

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There’s one thing you will always see in the thumbnail though: the title.

It’s crucial real estate that you can entirely personalize to get people to click.

You will have to abide by the brand values and guidelines, but you should create something custom to make sure you are putting your best foot forward.

To add a thumbnail to your video, click on the video in your video manager.

Then, in the middle of the screen next to the player, you will see a few images that come from your video that you can select as your thumbnail.

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Click on upload image to add your own custom image. The best size is 1280 x 720 pixels. A 16:9 ratio works best since that’s the format of the layout.

But you have to keep your thumbnail under 2 MB.

Step 2. Optimize Your Video for Search

I’m not just talking about Google search here.

YouTube is the world’s second largest search engine by itself. All of those searches are powering an insane amount of views.

To optimize for search, you need to work on your descriptions. YouTube can’t crawl through your videos like Googlebot crawls through your website.

You need to lend a helping hand to get YouTube SEO right. Here are a couple of things you can do:

  • Write a description of at least 250 words that outlines the subjects of the video
  • Get your keywords in the description in the first few sentences, and use it at least 3 or 4 times in the body of the description
  • Start the title of your video with your keywords
  • Add tags. Tags help you show up in the related videos column when people are watching other videos.
how to vlog successfully with Youtube descriptions

There are also a few of the advanced settings that are helpful to turn on.

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If your video is focused on a local area, you should add a localization to the video.

Then, you want to drive as many views as possible so you should make sure that the two options are enabled: allow embedding and notify subscribers.

This way people can share your video on their websites, and you can benefit from their traffic to drive views.

And wouldn’t it be silly if your subscribers didn’t know you had a new video? It’s checked on by default but just double check.

Step 3. Use End Screens to Promote Other Videos

Anyone who has watched your video to its completion is probably very interested in what you have to say. That is the best time of all to catch them.

YouTube developed end screens to keep people’s attention at the end of your video.

20 seconds before the end of your video, and/or for a bit afterward, you can present related or featured videos to your viewers.

To do that, go to your YouTube account and click on the video manager in the menu on the left:

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You’ll see a list of your videos. Click on one of them.

You’ll see all the options to edit your video, like enhancing it or adding audio. Select Editor, then Add an end screen.

The end screen adds extra time to the end of your video where you can do two key things: promote your other videos and get people to subscribe to your channel.

Click on the Add element button.

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You’ll see a dropdown menu with a few of different options. All of them are great for driving traffic.

YouTube provides three options for promoting your other videos and playlists that are pretty great.

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You can choose to feature your most recently uploaded videos, or you can choose a specific video that you want to promote.

Or you can let YouTube do the work and automatically recommend videos from your channel that would be the most relevant for each viewer.

You could even link out to other people’s videos if you want.

When you add a video, it will display the thumbnail plus the title and the duration of the video:

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You can reposition and resize the video.

You can add up to four elements to expose people to as many of your videos as possible.

Step 4. Get People to Subscribe to Your YouTube Channel

If you want to create a successful vlog, you need to increase your subscribers.

Views come and go.

Subscribers are more than people that happened to see your video.

They are people who were so happy with that video that they want to see more. They are anticipating that you will give them something great again.

What’s more, media outlets and brands looking to partner with vloggers will use subscribers as their key metric when evaluating opportunities.

The most important is adding the subscribe action. When you do you will see your channel’s avatar in a round circle.

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You can position this button wherever you want on the screen.

You can also use the end screen we discussed above to increase subscribers.

Don’t forget to add a link to subscribe to your website, email signature, and Instagram bio. It’s not just enough to add the YouTube link. You should tell people something clear like “Subscribe to see more videos.”

Step 6. Go Live

Live video is the new wild west in digital marketing. It represents a lot of opportunities. It’s much easier to be featured on the Live home page than the regular YouTube homepage.

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I’ve written all about how you go live on YouTube and why it’s important.

Live also gives you the opportunity to interact directly with people while they watch you.

You can instantaneously respond to people’s questions that come up in the chat. This creates a real-time relationship.

Conclusion

Video blogging is becoming more and more important for content marketing.

And there’s no time like right now to get started in video marketing.

Organize your thoughts, sit down, and create a concept for a video series.

Like all content marketing, your video needs to give the viewer something of value, whether that be informative or educational or entertainment.

Then, make that video with the highest quality that your time and budget allows.

If it’s helpful, read some books about cinematography. I recommend Gustavo Mercado’s The Filmmaker’s Eye. You can skim through to get the basics about things like shot composition.

Finally, whatever you do, don’t forget to get your video in front of people.

You could make the best video the world has ever seen, but that won’t make you a successful vlogger.

What are your experiences with vlogging?

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Grants for Small Business Startup: Will It Be Enough?

Do you know how to find grants for small business startup? There are a number of grant programs out there for those wanting to start a business.  Even those already operating but still in the startup phase can benefit.  However, grants for small business startup are highly competitive.  Funds are often limited. It’s rare to get enough from a grant to fund an entire startup without needing other options.

There are Grants for Small Business Startup, But You Need More

What are options other than grants that offer free money?  I mean, that’s the best thing about a grant.  You do not have to pay the money back.  Also, bad credit doesn’t matter when it comes to grants. There are not a lot of other options that great.  However, there are a few.  

Why Use Grants for Small Business Startup

The truth is, grants for small business startup are rarely enough.  You are going to need more funding.  That said, you definitely should apply for any grants you might qualify to get.  Just be careful.  Be sure you meet the eligibility requirements before you begin the application process. 

The process of applying for grants can be tedious and lengthy.  That isn’t always the case, of course, but you don’t want to spend a lot of time on something you have no chance of getting.  By being intentional and finding the opportunities you can actually take advantage of, you increase your chances of approval and decrease your chances of wasting time. 

Any amount you receive, even if it is a few hundred dollars, can help reduce the amount of debt you have to take on.  Also, winning a grant can help your business look more viable to lenders. 

So, which grants do you qualify for? It depends.  Many grants are designed specifically for a certain type of business or business owner.  Some are not.  Here are a few possibilities to help get you started, along with some resources to do your own research.

Credit Line Hybrid Financing: Get up to $150,000 in financing so your business can thrive.

Grants for Small Business Startup: Available for All

There are grants options that can work well for anyone.

FedEx Small Business Grant

This grant is the company’s way of working to strengthen small business innovation.  There are 10 grants the company awards each year.  They range from $15,000 to $50,000, and if you’re a minority owned business with a cutting-edge product, this could be the grant for you.

A business must use the FedEx website to submit entries. There are a few questions to answer about your business.  In addition, there is a requirement for an elevator pitch about what makes your business special.  Also, you have to explain how you would use the grant funds. A 90 second video submission is optional.

NASE Growth Grants

The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) has small business Growth Grants of up to $4,000. They are for micro-businesses, and proceeds can be used for a number of things.  They can be utilized for marketing, advertising, expansion, and even to hire employees. These grants are open to everyone.  However, you do have to be an NASE member to apply.  Membership fees vary based on the membership level chosen. 

USDA Value Added Producer Grant

The USDA’s Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program offers grants for small businesses.  It includes minority owned business.  Grants range up to $250,000.  They are specifically to help agricultural producers with activities that add value to their products. As a result, grants are open to those in rural areas.  They must be operating as one of the following: 

  • Cooperative
  • Farmer
  • Rancher
  • an independent agricultural producer
  • or an agricultural producer group

Grants for Small Business Startup: Minority Business Owners

Here are some minority grant options to consider.  There are certainly others out there.  However, they are not always well advertised.  This means you need to be sure to do your own research. 

First Nations Development Institute Grants

The mission of this group is to offer grants that help Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Americans.  They offer assistance in the application process in addition to funds.

Not only that, but there are a wide range of opportunities from the First Nations Development Institute.  New ones initiate as old ones retire. There is a mailing list you can join to receive information about new opportunities as they become available.

National Black MBA Association Scale-Up Pitch Challenge

Also known as NBMBAA, the Scale-Up Pitch Challenge has cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $50,000.  The associate states its purpose is to help newer businesses that have an African founder that maintains equal ownership.  

A business must be a member of the NBMBAA to compete.  There is a $10 monthly membership fee.  After that, there is an online application.   If chosen, you must submit a three-minute pitch. Then, finalists go on to compete at the NBMBAA annual conference.

Grants for Women Business Owners

For female business owners, there are several grant opportunities.  These are just a few. 

Eileen Fisher Women Owned Business Grants

The clothing brand Eileen Fisher awards $100,000 per year to 10 women-owned businesses. To qualify, a woman must have at least 51% ownership, and the business must be in operation for at least three years. Also, it must bring in less than $1 million per year in revenue and have a focus on environmental or social change.  

Amber Grant 

The Amber Grant awards $500 to $1,000 per month to a woman-owned business. One of the recipients also receives an additional $10,000 grant at the end of the year. Applicants only need to tell their story and turn it in with a $15 application fee.

#GIRLBOSS Foundation Grant 

Specifically for woman-owned businesses in fashion, music, and art, the #GIRLBOSS small business grant awards $15,000.  They also offer exposure via the Girlboss website and social media platforms. Judges rate those applying on creativity, business savvy, planning, innovation in the field, need, and where they plan to work.

Credit Line Hybrid Financing: Get up to $150,000 in financing so your business can thrive.

Cartier Women’s Initiative Award 

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Award is $100,000 for first place and $30,000 for second place.  They award the grant to 18 female business owners from around the world each year.  Women business owners who are just getting started may qualify.  Look over the complete application for more information.

All of the finalists get to attend the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship 6-Day Executive Program (ISEP). They will also have the opportunity to participate in workshops on entrepreneurship and business coaching seminars, as well as be exposed to networking opportunities.

Grants for Small Business Startup: Other Grant Resources

Of course, new grant opportunities open all the time.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, many local agencies have stepped up to help small businesses, including offering grant opportunities.  Sometimes, more funding becomes available allowing for new grants to open.  Here are some resources to help you find more grants for small business startup.  

Other Debt Free Options

Of course, debt free is best, so you are probably wondering if there are other options, besides grants for small business startup, that will help you fund your business debt-free.  Yes, there are. However, much like grants, they are a long shot and do not always fund your business completely. 

The two main options you have are crowdfunding for startups and angel investors.  Crowdfunding basically involves convincing several micro-investors to fund your business a few dollars at the time.  If you have a successful crowdfunding campaign it can be very effective.  Also, it’s not as easy as it sounds.  

Angel investors are not a new idea.  If you can find one, you are golden.  These are just one or two, or a small group, of investors that invest large sums.  They usually do so in return for equity in your business, meaning they want some of the future profits.  That means it’s not totally free money, but it is money for your business that you can get without being tied down by debt. Anyone can be an angel investor, even your mom!

An Awesome Non-Grant Option

Now, the truth is, it is virtually impossible to start a business debt-free.  Financing in some form is almost always necessary.  What you need is the most effective and flexible option for financing with the lowest interest rates.  

If you have top notch personal credit, that is probably going to be a traditional business loan.  However, many capable business owners do not have the personal credit score necessary.  Not only that, but you don’t want your personal credit to bear the brunt of your business debt.  You need business credit as well. There is a debt option that you can access with a lower personal credit score than what is required by traditional lenders.  Furthermore, it will help you build business credit at the same time. 

Credit Line Hybrid

A credit line hybrid is essentially an unsecured line of credit.  It allows you to fund your business without putting up collateral, and you only pay back what you use.  The funds can be used for many things, including startup costs. 

 It’s super easy to qualify.  You need a personal credit score of at least 680, which is lower than what is required by many banks. Additionally, you can’t have any liens, judgments, bankruptcies or late payments.  Also, in the past 6 months you should have less than 4 credit inquiries.  You should have less than a 45% balance on all business and personal credit cards as well.  It’s also preferred that you have established business credit in addition to personal credit.

Here is the beauty of it.  If you do not meet all of the requirements, it’s okay. You can take on a credit partner that meets each of these requirements.  Many business owners work with a friend or relative to fund their business.  If a relative or a friend meets all of these requirements, they can partner with you to allow you to tap into their credit to access funding. 

Benefits to Using a Credit Line Hybrid with Grants for Small Business Startup

There are many benefits to using a credit line hybrid.  First, it is unsecured, meaning you do not have to have any collateral to put up.  Next, this is no-doc funding.  That means you do not have to provide any bank statements or financials.  

In addition, typical approval is up to 5x that of the highest credit limit on the personal credit report. Often, you can get interest rates as low as 0% for the first few months.  This allows you to put that savings back into your business. 

With the approval for multiple credit cards, competition is created.  This makes it easier to get interest rates lowered and limits raised every few months. The process is generally quick, especially with a qualified expert to walk you through it. Also, you can build fast business credit because some of the accounts involved report to the business credit reporting agencies. 

SBA Loans

While federal grant money is preferred, other types of federal funding are available. This is another option for startup funding when grants for small business startup are not enough.  The Small Business Administration offers federally guaranteed loan programs that can help fund a business at any stage.  The applications are processed and funds disbursed through traditional lenders.  However, the requirements are easier for many businesses to meet.  This is because of the government guarantee that they have.  

You can find a lender that offers SBA loan programs using the lender match tool. Here are just a few of the programs they offer.  Which one may be right for your business will depend on a number of variables. 

7(a) Loans

The minimum credit score to qualify for this one is 680, just like the credit line hybrid.  There is a down payment requirement of at least 10% if you are using the funds for the purchase of a business, commercial real estate, or equipment. The minimum time in business is 2 years, but if you are a startup, business experience equivalent to two years will fill the requirement.

504 Loans

Funds from 504 loans can buy machinery, facilities, or land. Generally, these are used for expansion.  They work especially well for commercial real estate purchases.

They require a minimum credit score of 680 as well, and they are collateralized by the asset being financed.  There is also a down payment requirement of 10%, which can increase to 15% for a new business.

There is also a requirement you be in business at least 2 years, or that management has equivalent experience if the business is a startup.

Credit Line Hybrid Financing: Get up to $150,000 in financing so your business can thrive.

Microloans

These loans work well for starting a business, purchasing equipment, buying inventory, or for working capital. Community based non-profits administer microloan programs as intermediaries, with financing coming directly from the Small Business Administration.

The minimum credit score is 640, and the collateral and down payment requirements vary by lender.

The thing to remember about all loans and lenders, including those related to the Small Business Administration, is that details such as interest rates, terms, and eligibility requirements can change frequently.  Be sure to check with individual lenders for the more up-to-date information.

Grants for Small Business Startup: Are They Worth the Time and Energy?

If you find one for which you meet all the eligibility requirements, yes, absolutely it is worth it.  Any amount you get that reduces the amount of debt you need to fund your business is worth it.  That said, remember it is unlikely you will get out of having to use financing at all. So, be sure to find the type of financing that will work best for you.  The credit line hybrid will work for almost anyone, and has many benefits, including helping to build business credit!

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Top 10 Mycology Blogs and Websites To Follow in 2019

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1. Cascade Mycological Society

Eugene, Oregon, United States About Blog The Cascade Mycological Society (CMS) was created by a collective effort of people who share a common interest in mycology and have an appreciation for the kingdom of Fungi. We have formed an educational non-profit organization dedicated to the study and enjoyment of fungi.
Frequency 1 post / week
Blog cascademyco.org/cms-blog
Twitter followers 1.3K ⋅ Domain Authority 32

2. Mycological Society of America

Mycological Society of America Madison, Wisconsin, United States About Blog The Mycological Society of America is a scientific society dedicated to advancing the science of mycology – the study of fungi of all kinds including mushrooms, molds, truffles, yeasts, lichens, plant pathogens, and medically important fungi. Follow this blog for up to date fungal news of all kinds.
Frequency 1 post / day
Blog msafungi.org
Twitter followers 3K ⋅ Social Engagement 2 ⋅ Domain Authority 42

3. Doctor Fungus

Doctor Fungus About Blog Doctor Fungus is one of the educational resources of the Mycoses Study Group Education and Research Consortium (MSGERC). It serves the broader community of users including physician colleagues, investigators, and scientists involved in mycological science, research, and clinical care. Doctor Fungus reaches into the communities of health care professionals and brings you up to date information and news in the world of medical mycology.
Frequency 1 post / month
Blog drfungus.org
Domain Authority 23

4. The Mycological Twist

The Mycological Twist London, England, United Kingdom About Blog The Mycological Twist is a project by Eloise Bonneviot and Anne de Boer operating both as a fixed mushroom garden and as a nomadic project, infecting and spreading mycelium. The projects initiated by the Mycological Twist can be seen as a place to investigate the cycle of deterioration and regeneration happening in zones of Dark Ecology.
Frequency 2 posts / month
Blog themycologicaltwist.info
Domain Authority 18

5. Sustainable Mycology

Sustainable Mycology About Blog Sustainable Mycology covers issues broadly related to sustainability in Minnesota and the world both from an environmental perspective and from an interpersonal perspective. It covers issues related to mycology (the study of fungi) with a specific emphasis on the interaction with fungal organisms and buildings.
Frequency 13 posts / year
Blog sustainablemycology.blogspot..
Domain Authority 14

6. Alberta Mycological Society

Alberta Mycological Society Edmonton, Alberta, Canada About Blog The Alberta Mycological Society is a non-profit organization that was founded by Prof. Randy Currah and Helene Leni in 1987. This blog focuses on diversity and roles of fungi, providing educational programs to the public, mushroom identification workshops, annual mushroom expositions, and development list of fungi from various ecosystems across Alberta
Frequency 1 post / month
Blog albertamushrooms.ca
Twitter followers 128 ⋅ Instagram Followers 509 ⋅ Domain Authority 10

7. Colorado Mycological Society

Colorado Mycological Society Denver, Colorado, United States About Blog The Colorado Mycological Society is a non-profit organization of professional and citizen mycologists with over 300 active members in Colorado. The mission of our society is to promote the study and appreciation of mycology. We discover, photograph, identify, collect and preserve mushrooms. We are devoted to the promotion of scientific, educational, culinary, health and artistic activities related to fungi.
Frequency 3 posts / quarter
Blog cmsweb.org
Twitter followers 61 ⋅ Social Engagement 1 ⋅ Domain Authority 34

8. Maine Mycological Association

Maine Mycological Association Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States About Blog Maine Mycological Association is a non-profit organization devoted to a better understanding of mushrooms and our environment. The club continues its mission of education and the enjoyment of mushroom and goes for field trips and forays on a regular basis. Get ready for some amazing articles about what they find on their field trip!
Frequency 1 post / quarter
Blog mainelymushrooms.org
Domain Authority 18

9. Fungables LLC

Fungables LLC About Blog I am a self-taught, knowledgeable, amateur mycology educator and have been a member of the Oregon mycological society. I have been giving presentations, demonstrations, and installations that implicate low-tech mycology into various ecological niches, our backyards, communities, and damaged habitats.
Frequency 2 posts / quarter
Blog jordansmushrooms.blogspot.com
Domain Authority 4

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