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When you find yourself in one of these situations, you shouldn’t be fundraising.

Emir Selimovic
3 min readJan 20, 2023


Fundraising can be a great way to get the necessary resources to further your goals, and is often an effective strategy for achieving success. However, it is important to recognize that there are times when fundraising may not be the best option for you. Depending on the nature of your desired goals and the resources you need, there may be other solutions that will provide a more efficient and cost-effective path to achieving success.

I’ll describe two situations when you should avoid fundraising and find an alternative solution.

When not to fundraise

Not having a clear goal:

When considering fundraising, it is essential to have a clear goal in mind. It could be a visionary goal or a more specific goal, such as raising a certain number of people or achieving a specific outcome. It is important to determine and be able to communicate these goals to potential investors, as having a clear idea of the target will make it easier to motivate people to invest.

Without that clarity, it can be difficult to generate enthusiasm for the project, and you may find yourself in a position where you cannot reach your goals. Setting a clear goal is therefore paramount for successful fundraising.

Not having the resources to execute:

Fundraising is an important process that requires dedication, time, money, and energy. If you don’t have the necessary infrastructure or resources to properly execute the process, it could lead to an unsuccessful outcome in your attempt to secure the needed investment.

It’s important to consider all of the resources you’ll need to commit to the process and make sure you have the financial resources, manpower, and other necessary components in place prior to executing the fundraising process. Without the proper resources, you may fail to get the investment you’re hoping for.

Go for it when you’re ready

Fundraising can be a great way to get the resources you need to further your goals, but sometimes it’s not the best option for everyone. If you don’t have a clear goal or the resources to execute, it’s best to find an alternative solution (like bootstrapping) instead of relying solely on fundraising. Before you start, you need to make sure you have a clear pitch and set realistic goals.

Doing so will ensure that your fundraising efforts are as successful as possible. Additionally, make sure you are well organized and have a plan in place so you can track progress and make changes as needed. With a bit of preparation, fundraising can be a great way to get the resources you need to reach your goals.

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Emir Selimovic

CEO of Dotbite. Writing about scalable business models, SaaS products and leadership in bootstrapped companies.