Finance

Coping with Uncertainty – Strategy & Scenario Planning

Coping with Uncertainty – Strategy & Scenario Planning

Life is uncertain and yet we manage, usually with optimism. However, when it comes to business, our attitude is different. We want security for our business without political and economic turbulence but this has never been the case – either markets, politics or the competition has nasty surprises in store.…

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,…

KPIs’ for Business – don’t lose sight of the wood for the trees!

KPIs’ for Business – don’t lose sight of the wood for the trees!

I have written before on tips to set up KPIs’ and what the critical KPIs’ maybe. However, something a colleague mentioned recently had a familiar resonance to it. He said he had worked in an organisation which circulated 141 key performance indicators’ and no one bothered to look at them! It’s important…

How to deal with failure in Business – 5 Key Tips

How to deal with failure in Business – 5 Key Tips

We all make mistakes. It’s a fact of life. The key to success is how we deal with failure and overcome the negatives. Whether it’s a business startup or your business hitting a recession, failure can be painful. In business, failure can be even more difficult to deal with. Or…

Why startups fail – 5 Key Reasons for failure and how to overcome them

Why startups fail – 5 Key Reasons for failure and how to overcome them

Startup failure rates are enough to put any budding entrepreneur off – in the UK it is estimated that 2 in 3 businesses fail in the first 3 years and from the Department of Trade and Industry figures, stats show that 70% of businesses fail in the first 10 years!…

10 minute Guide to understanding a Balance Sheet – Follow up

10 minute Guide to understanding a Balance Sheet – Follow up

My blog on the 10 minute guide to understanding a Balance Sheet is the most read even though it is also the longest and tries to deal with some complex items in a simple way – http://bit.ly/XMTzfa I used Apple’s balance sheet for 2012 and since a year or more has…

How to calculate returns on investment – using IRR

If you’re looking to raise funds for your startup, the first question an investor will ask is what’s the return? And if you think that’s easy, it’s the annual profit divided by the investment, you’ll be wrong, e.g. annual profits of £75,000 with an investment required of £250,000 gives a…

4 Key Exit Strategies for your Business

4 Key Exit Strategies for your Business

You’ve done the hard work and have a thriving business – what next? If you haven’t planned it already, it’s time you thought about how you exit and make some money for all that effort. Here are 4 key exit strategies to think about. Buyout This is the usual exit for a…

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…