I met another company this week whose situation really illustrates the importance of understanding the numbers of your business. It is a service business, and they told me they were in a cash crisis. They also told me that they were on the verge of very rapid growth thanks to a new product that they were in the process of launching. They did not want to borrow any money or take on an investor during this cash crisis if they did not need to, but they were not even sure if they needed any money. Whe... [continue reading]
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A business projection is not an accounting tool! It's a management tool. Whether you're starting a business or your business has been around for a while, understanding the numbers of your business is critical to your success. I've asked many entrepreneurs how they know it's the right time to expand their business or whether they can afford to hire a new employee. Their answer worries me because it's usually a shoulder shrug followed by, "I just go with my gut." You've got too much riding on your b... [continue reading]
At ProjectionSmart, we’re all about business planning. I searched “business planning” on Google, and all I found was countless articles on writing business plans: “How to Write a Write a Business Plan” and “How to Write the Perfect Business Plan.” Another article, despite its title of “Definition of Business Planning,” was also all about the importance of a business plan. So what is my definition of business planning? I say that it means briefly pausing in the performance of your day-to-day activi... [continue reading]
I recently did a blog called "The Best Article You’ll Read on Cash Flow," so I thought I would share this video about the Statement of Cash Flows (SCF). The SCF is the most important but also the most overlooked of the financial statements. QuickBooks can easily prepare the SCF for you. Watch this video, and I think you will start paying attention to your SCF. [continue reading]
We just completed a survey of our customers. Thank you for participating! We hope you are enjoying your Starbucks gift card as a sign of our appreciation. Our goal was to understand what you thought about projections, how well you understood them, and how you do them. Here’s what we learned. 1. People like you, who understand what a good financial plan can do for you, make up a minority of business owners! You may be in a business that runs on numbers (say, manufacturing), or you may just b... [continue reading]
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