SME Creativity and Innovation

SME Creativity and Innovation

It has become widely accepted that creativity and innovation are crucial to business success, especially in the ever-changing and uncertain world we live in today. While creativity is the ability to produce new and unique ideas, innovation is the execution of that creative ideas. When properly fostered, creativity and innovation …

4 Keys to Success When Investing in P2P Financing

4 Keys to Success When Investing in P2P Financing

Peer-to-peer (P2P) financing has been attracting a lot of attention lately, thanks to its ability to connect entrepreneurs with investors using big data and advanced analytics. For small, growing enterprises, P2P financing can be a great substitute to applying for business financing from conventional financial institutions. On the other hand, …

The ABC of P2P: A Concise Guide to P2P Financing

Peer-to-peer (P2P) financing is a revolutionary FinTech innovation, with the potential to address the lack of SME financing in Southeast Asia. Since traditional middlemen like bankers aren’t part of the system, it increases profits for investors and decreases resistance for SME issuers. Let’s see how the model benefits both investors …

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How to make working capital work for you

What is the most important focus area for any business? Most SMEs make the mistake of focusing only on the profitability of the business. But liquidity is the other pillar on which a company stands. Liquidity is achieved through efficient working capital management. The concept is similar to a person’s …

Cash is king, cash flow is emperor

Businesses, especially SMEs, have grown highly competitive in the past 10 years. Local competition is not new, but international and online competition have kept small businesses on their toes. And along with the general cost of living, cost of doing business has gone up as well. In such a scenario, …

Types of Investments Available

If it is long-term financial security you are after, you will have to start investing – and better sooner than later. In this post, we will focus on the types of investments available. Major instruments include: Fixed deposits A fixed deposit is a bank deposit with (i) a higher interest …

FinTech as Catalyst for Financial Inclusion

Financial inclusion, the goal of making financial services available and affordable to those underserved and members of society making a lower income, is not a new idea. Now, however, with the development of financial technology (FinTech), inclusion seems more possible than ever. Thanks to FinTech, more people and companies (especially …

How SMEs Are Evaluated for Financing Suitability

So, you’re a small business owner. You want to apply for business financing. You know you are eligible for the option. You’ve turned in all the necessary documents. What happens now? Specifically: how do financial institutions judge you to be worthy of their financing? If you have ever applied for …

How Crowdfunding Is Making the World a Better Place

Let us begin by telling you a tale. Once upon a time, in the not-so-distant past (2008, to be precise), a young writer started a crowdfunding experiment called The Omikuji Project. She needed earnings to supplement her household income between novels and wanted to thank those supporting her budding career. …