Cash flow forecasting

Early warning signs of business failure

Early warning signs of business failure

Entrepreneurs and managers need to have their finger on the pulse of the business and the sure sign of impending disaster is running out of cash! Running out of cash is always a symptom of bigger problems within the business, which have to be put right. There are early warning…

Growing your business – 3 Key Tips

Growing your business – 3 Key Tips

There comes a point when entrepreneurs/founders want to expand and grow their business, be it adding a new service/product, opening a new location or adding staff to grow existing services. I would recommend 3 key tips for businesses to consider before embarking on a growth phase. 1. Planning for growth…

Profit or cash – what is more important and why?

Profit or cash – what is more important and why?

This is a question every entrepreneur should know the answer to. The answer is that cash is more important in the short-term but both are as important in the long-term. In the short-term, you can make losses and as long as shareholders have put in sufficient cash into the business,…

Keeping an eye on the figures – 3 Key Tips

Keeping an eye on the figures – 3 Key Tips

Managing a business isn’t easy and if you don’t know anything about finance, it’s a sure-fire way of running into trouble. The first thing any entrepreneur or manager has to learn is how to understand some basic finances. Once you learn the basics, it is critical to add to your…

Free Cash Flow and why it’s important in your Business

Free Cash Flow and why it’s important in your Business

Free cash flow is a financial indicator that is favoured over ROCE, ROI and other ratios to gauge a company’s health. So it’s important for entrepreneurs to understand how important it is in their business. Free cash flow is how much cash is left in the business after all running…

How to Startup a Business – 5 Practical Tips for Success

How to Startup a Business – 5 Practical Tips for Success

Advice on how to start up a business has been written about almost every day and the advice follows the usual steps. 1. Come up with the business idea 2. Research the market for the product or service 3. Write your business plan along with your forecasts for the numbers…

Top  10 Tips on successful Debt Collection

Top 10 Tips on successful Debt Collection

One of my most read blogs is on effective credit control – see http://bit.ly/OhRw5E Debt collection is one of the most important business functions to maintain healthy cashflows and grow the business. So it is worth repeating the top tips for effective debt collection. Here are my top 10 tips:…

How to evaluate Project Risk

How to evaluate Project Risk

Calculating returns on project forecasts is an easier task than calculating the project risks. There are numerous methods for doing this, some very technical and some intuitive. There’s enough written about the technical methods of evaluating risks, so I won’t go into it. Suffice to say, read any business text…

How to evaluate projects and investments – NPV vs IRR

How to evaluate projects and investments – NPV vs IRR

Every business at some stage has to evaluate projects or investments and choose the ones that will benefit the business most. Usually, it will be faced with a limited budget and spending this capital wisely is critical. This process is called capital budgeting and the most used decision making tools…

How to calculate returns on a project – using Net Present Values (NPV)

How to calculate returns on a project – using Net Present Values (NPV)

Businesses have to make investment decisions all the time. Deciding on whether to proceed with a project can be tricky if you are faced with multiple projects with differing profits and timelines. The most useful tool to use in such situations is net present values (NPVs). In an earlier blog,…