Working capital

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…

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…

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…

Funding pain remains for startups and SMEs’

Funding pain remains for startups and SMEs’

Raising funding for startups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) or even large projects is still a difficult and painful process out there. I had a long discussion with an experienced consultant recently who works with tech startups and his prognosis for the smaller end of fund-raising circa £250,000 was…

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…

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…

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

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:…