understanding financial statements

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…

3 Key Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

3 Key Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

I have been fortunate to meet several entrepreneurs in my career. However meeting three successful ones recently and discussing how they developed their respective businesses, made me conclude that they have similar traits that make them successful. Here are my conclusions on the 3 key traits it takes to be a…

Making your Business tax efficient

Making your Business tax efficient

One of the first things entrepreneurs get advised is to make their business tax efficient. It is a minefield for businesses and hiring a good tax adviser or accountant is paramount but here are some tips that help in ensuring that your business is tax efficient. 1.  Difference between tax avoidance…

ROCE and when to use it – return on capital employed

ROCE and when to use it – return on capital employed

What is it? ROCE measures a company’e profitability and it’s efficiency in using it’s capital, both shareholders’ funds and borrowings. The higher the ROCE (return on capital employed), the better the performance. This is why investors like the ratio and investment analysts use it. ROCE should not be confused with…

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…

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 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…

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,…

How to Value your Business

After getting ready for a business exit, the first thing that has to be done is to value the business. This is when the fun starts as there is no straight forward calculation that can determine the value of your business. The most important thing to remember is that the…