The Five M's: Starting-up your business now


Most entrepreneurs probably don't consider now a good time to launch a big enterprise. In spite of Bernanke's claims that we're not in Vietnam anymore, inflation numbers are up and people are bracing themselves for months of high gas prices, low wages, political uncertainty and overall doom. Which, come to think of it, is the ideal time to throw some money into a start-up.

But, where is the money going to come from? Check it: Business reporter Matt Alderton has a handy 5-point plan for securing small business financing. And here's the clincher: They all start with M!

1. Mojo: If you want to impress the bank (or any lender) you're going to have to suck it up and break out the PowerPoint. And it doesn't hurt to roll up your sleeves, look people in the eye and if possible crack your knuckles.