How to ask for Money

Faris Alami
2 min readJun 4, 2024
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I’ve run this workshop in over 100 countries and have been fortunate to gain great insights as I present in the economic development, entrepreneurship, small business development, and workforce development arenas. In that space, you learn that there are circles of influence as well as certain key words and terms.

Entrepreneurs may try to enter that space looking for support, advice, or seeking funding. Occasionally there may be a disconnect between the terminology and the approach of how to go about it.

To ask for money you may be able to say, “I just need to ask for money” and it is that simple. But it’s not that easy, in that you need to be organized with your financial projection and history, and of course, a financial statement.

You may also want to think about:

Startup costs, the assumptions and where they come from, how realistic they are, your average sale, your average transaction, capital stacking or how you would plan to raise the total capital you need. There is also what I call Milestone Funding — how much money do you need to accomplish what, by what period of time, from what source. The most important factor is the story you tell about your business.

Most funders will not tell you up front that it is never about the idea — it’s always about the people. An investor or loan officer or committee…

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Faris Alami

Global Entrepreneurship ecosystem, SME and leadership development in local communities