(USATODAY.com) - Entrepreneurship and financial stress go hand-in-hand.
There's the anxiety that comes with deciding the best ways to generate start-up cash.Raid a 401(k)? Fill out a lengthy bank loan application? Rely on loans from friends and family?
There can also be much angst when considering the pros and cons of bringing on an outside investor, as well as when an entrepreneur has to decide what salary to pay himself or herself.
SMART SMALL BUSINESS: Meet the participants
USA TODAY's Smart Small Business participants have dealt with these financial challenges and many other money concerns. In this series installment, they share their answers to this question: What has been your toughest financial challenge? Did you resolve that or are you still dealing with that issue?
The Smart Small Business participants all work in the food and beverage industry, but they wrangle with financial stressors that are universal to small firms nationwide.
They also grapple with other common business concerns such as how to manage money, how to tap into reliable marketing tools and how to maintain some sort of work-life balance. Those issues will be addressed in USA TODAY articles during this six-week series.
Future Smart Small Business video topics will include:
What made you decide on the name of your company? Did you consider any other monikers, and if so, what were they?
If you could go back in time and change one thing that you did as you were launching your business, what would it be and why would you change it?
Where do you go for business advice? Is there one person, one website, one networking group or even one book that really helped you?