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I've had it...I don't believe anybody here is a serious investor

I have pitched my idea to a few already and still got no interest. maybe it has to do with my being non-American, that's the only thing i can think of since i've got everything explained, backed up by experience, real data or actual things happening in the industry that calls for quick and serious response...but seems it's hard to convince people who remain adamant despite all evidence that justifies a proposal...i don't understand why they are scared to "try..." Have all investors gone pessimistic or uninformed?

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Very well said, Don. I'll take note of all that. It will be a learning process, I'm sure.

Thanks for sharing your wisdom. :)

Jan 26, 2011
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The BAF Group LLC
MD

No matter what you do, no matter who you approach as an investor or lender, the first thing they are going to want to have from you is a strong Business Plan. So, no matter which way you go with this, that should be your first priority. A Business Plan tells the investor that you know what you are taking about and that your ideas are credible. It tells the investor what he/she being asked to invest in, for how much, and what he/she should expect in return.

It also helps you organize yourself. It tells you what you need to be aware of, and things can come up in a properly written Business Plan as a result of your research, that may not be things you have realized or thought of before.

Some people will tell you they never use a Business Plan. I can tell you that, as a Broker, many, many Business Owners come to me, begging to sell a business that is wildly out of control. And invariably, it is because they did not have a plan going into the business, from the start. Having one does not guanratee success, but it sure helps ensure that a lot of mistakes would be foreseen and avoided, early in the game.

If you want investors, you have to put a detailed Business Plan together.

Jan 26, 2011
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Don, that's a great advise. I've been actually thinking of coming up with a Business Plan, but since most of these "prospects" don't specifically ask for one and just want a rough idea or overview of your plan, i wasn't really induced to sit down on it. I couldn't really blame them as most of them are not really "hardened" investors who want to get every minute detail. I just don't understand why there are no followup. Either they are not interested, don't understand the idea, or simply they have problem identifying or differentiating a "sound" opportunity from the "generic" ones...I just wish they'll dig deeper so they can find the treasure that they've long been looking for...Thanks for your time.

Jan 26, 2011
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John, i don't know how to react - although i chuckled at the news, lol - but it happened to me many times, too. What i do is just click the left arrow on top to get me to the previous page and there's my message in gray text preserved....I know, it's always frustrating and really gets on the nerve but try to "consciously" save your work from now on. It happens to me too in other forums not just here. It's our bad. :) Thanks for the time spent on that one. Would still like to hear what you'll say on this my case. :)

Jan 26, 2011
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R U kidding me....... I just spent 25 minutes writing a lengthy response and it didn't show up. Aaaargghh!!!

Jan 26, 2011
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The BAF Group LLC
MD

There's no good answer to that. But it is the Internet! There are a lot of goofy people out there, and I don't understand their motivation.

Part of the problem here is that there is no format for putting your idea in place, in a detailed way. It is set up to sell businesses, and unless your way of investing can be put into that context, people really can't get enough information to make a decision about whether they want to invest in you. But I don't think many (or any) of these supposed investors is legitimate, anyway.

The vast majority of legitimate participants on this Site are people looking to purchase and operate businesses, not people looking for passive investments. I understand your intention, and I think you need to exhaust every opportunity to voice your idea - but realize that some are going to fail.

Your better bet might be to put together a full Business Plan (if you have not done one already,) and find some accountants in your area that deal with wealthy, investment-oriented clients, and try to get through to them. Also, in many cities there are investment groups that meet on a regular basis, in order to identify and review Business Plans, with the thought in mind of determining in which of those the group might invest.

Jan 26, 2011
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Then why are we seeing lots of "wanted" adverts here of those claiming to have money to spend on an idea, business or opportunity?

Jan 25, 2011
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The BAF Group LLC
MD

Your main problem is that this is not a Web Site that is really aimed at attracting investors.

Jan 25, 2011
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I know you're scared to trust a stranger with your money, but it doesn't work that way all the time...Somehow, sometimes, for once...you have to "trust" people and give them a chance, even if their color or language or political background, is different from yours...give them a chance to prove themselves, their worth...chance to prove that their idea really "works," even if you're new to the concept, or are having reservations...

You must acknowledge the fact the some people are more knowledgeable in some areas...that they may have more "relevant" experience and "qualifications" to handle things in one area than other people who may have different fields of orientation or expertise...

It's all about testing what works and what does not, we all know that...

But if you automatically dismisses an idea or proposal simply because of some held "bias" against certain nationalities or gender or whatever...cliche as it may sound, but you may be missing out on a great opportunity and are therefore doing a good disservice to yourself...I am not saying this because I want to gain your trust or confidence...I am saying this because that is what you should hear...

I wish them success to those who haven't considered my idea or proposal for whatever reason...I hope one year from now they can support and justify their decision by becoming "really" successful in the opportunity or business they have chosen...because I'm in!

I'll wait for that one person who don't see a glass half empty but a glass half "full." I will give him one full glass of water, and another filled with wine...

This is going to be a good race, and I am bent on winning.

Jan 25, 2011

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