Dec 12, 2017 – Equity Investments in Small Businesses. When you make an equity investment in a small business, you are buying an ownership stake – a "piece of the pie." Equity investors provide capital, almost always in the form of cash, in exchange for a percentage of the profits and losses.

Sep 18, 2012 – The most important question for a small business investor is where to focus attention. What makes one company more interesting than another? There are 28 million small businesses in the U.S., but few research services. This provides great opportunities for above-market returns but also means investors …

Here are twelve basic rules to use when considering an investment in a small business: Don't be "sold" investments. Require a business plan. Calculate your downside risk. Consider tax consequences. Use your influence. 6. Make sure the founders also have something to lose. Do it right. Get it in writing.

Sep 8, 2016 – In that light, if you're looking for some solid small businesses that can stand the test of time and will not burn up your retirement savings, here are five businesses to consider (though some will work better than others, depending on the level of training you undergo). Related: 6 Reasons Smart Small Business …