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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…

ROI and when to use it – return on investment

ROI and when to use it – return on investment

What is it? Return on investment or ROI is the most commonly used financial term in many conversations about spending large sums of money. Simply put, it measures the profits or benefits arising out of money invested to achieve those benefits. It should not be confused with ROCE – return…

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

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

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…

8 Key Actions to Prepare your Business for Exit

At some stage, every entrepreneur and business owner has to realise an exit from their business. The most important thing is to maximise the business value when you sell your business. I have already written about the key exit strategies in an earlier blog http://bit.ly/1eDQ4DF Whatever strategy you choose, it…

How to increase Profitability – 10 Key Tips

There are hundreds of articles written about increasing profitability and it’s easier said than done. The easy part is to understand what needs to be done but the hard part is achieving it especially in large businesses. That said, there are only 2 parts of a formula you need to…

Startup funding sources – Bootstrapping

It’s an apt term for sustaining your business without outside funding. The term bootstrapping originates from a fantastic story I read as a child about ‘The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen” where the Baron pulls himself out of a swamp by his bootstraps. However, wikipedia asserts the term ‘to have¬†originated…