If you are considering starting your own business, please join Bob and me on Saturday, January 18, 2020 for our next workshop, called “The ProjectionSmart Proof Plan.” We are once again holding this workshop through the Minneapolis office of SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives). Statistics show that the best way to help your new business succeed is to plan! Businesses that have a plan succeed far more often than those that start without a solid business and financial plan. We’ll show you the si... [continue reading]
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We want to share with you our thoughts on business projections, cash management, small business, entrepreneurship, finance, startups, and business planning.
This week I met with three entrepreneurs who Bob and I met through a workshop on business planning that we hosted for SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives). All three entrepreneurs are starting or running small businesses. I love working with entrepreneurs and have great respect for their vision, determination and confidence. They told me about their businesses, and I told them how ProjectionSmart could help them understand the numbers of their businesses. ProjectionSmart Startup One of the entr... [continue reading]
Here's a great article on doing the financial projections you need for a business plan. The author breaks down the process exactly like ProjectionSmart does. You can find the original article here. Writing a Business Plan—Financial Projections Spell out your financial forecast in dollars and sense By Daniel Richards Updated April 13, 2019 Creating financial projections for your startup is both an art and a science. Although investors want to see cold, hard numbers, it can be difficult to p... [continue reading]
I met with a small business owner this week. He’s in the apparel business. His business is just a couple of years old, and it has yet to turn a profit. While there has been some organic growth, the growth hasn’t been fast enough. He has been forced to put lots of money into the business this year, and he feels it’s time to make a decision. He says his options are: (1) make the additional effort to add customers to get to the point where it’s breaking even, (2) add new products that will increase sales to... [continue reading]
Over the last eight years I have presented over 550 times a free seminar at Workforce Centers called “How to Start a Successful Small Business.” In these seminars I always ask what the participants think the failure rate is for businesses in their first 12 months of operation. Usually the answers range from a high of 90% to a low of 20%. So what is the real answer? First off, if you Google “failure rates of new businesses” there are over 67 million responses. When looking at the first ten pages you f... [continue reading]
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