Managing Finance

You can have someone else pay your bills, send out the invoices, prepare financial reports, and do the accounting, but the owner MUST be responsible for the numbers every day, week, and month. Wealth-building assets create regular positive cash-flow, reduce debt, and are passive instead of needing constant attention and …

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Updating Your Plan

However, this is rarely the case, for one simple reason: You usually have to pay your own suppliers before your customers pay you. Even if you are successful in finding an investor, odds are good that you won t get quite what you asked for. Your mission statement should be …

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Sales : the lifeblood of your business

In the early years of your start-up business, you'll almost surely experience a reduction in your take-home income just as you'll also experience the feeling of a lack of security. That will be the best decision you make today and tomorrow. Wealth-building assets create regular positive cash-flow, reduce debt, and …

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Rumors about the competition

Identify your entire customer target marketing list, including current loyal customers who always use your company, repeat customers who have frequented your company over the last three to five years, new potential customers you want to target in the future, and referring parties who can give your company recommendations. Different …

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Cracking the sales secret

You are not exactly like them. The vast majority of small-business owners we know provide products or services quite similar to what's already in the marketplace and make reasonable but not extraordinary sums of money ' and, thanks largely to the independence that small-business ownership offers, are perfectly happy doing so …

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Be Direct with your Design

If, on the other hand, a look at your business plan reveals that your companies share the same kind of strategies and have similar objectives in type if not scope, it s an encouraging sign.The spread of the open-book management theory means a lot more employees are seeing their …

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Why should customers only buy from you?

Another problem with business deals is the very uncertainty over the future events they are based upon or aim to regulate (such as the actual sales performance of a product): unexpected value creation patterns (such as the appearance of unplanned customer groups) can emerge that were not accounted for at …

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Ease of doing business

For example, the plan for a one-person professional service business indicated that rising sales were not, in general, accompanied by rising costs. They determine the position of each company within the network and form a focus for the managerial activities of organising and developing a company. Written systems that are …

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Monitoring the Performance of Your Business

You have to highlight your product s most compelling characteristics, such as low cost or uniquely high quality, that will make it stand out in the marketplace and attract buyers willing to pay your price. Is your business moving toward giving you what you wanted when you started your entrepreneurial …

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Go ahead and make mistakes

A higher price is usually associated with higher quality, and is seen as more exclusive. Step out largely and conspicuously. And in each of these two houses I was told that 'of course, if the right sort of a young man came along who could tell us something about our …

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Costs come in all varieties

Most boards will have financial, marketing, and organizational experts. You hire people because you can't do all the work yourself. Just as your car won't run without fuel, you can't sustain a roof over your head and provide food, clothing, and the rest of life's necessities if you can't pay …

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Governance on a budget

When you increase overhead by renting a bigger office or shop, or hiring a new salesperson, manager, or bookkeeper, your choices are simple: raise markup or increase sales volume. When you re writing a business plan to raise money, you may want to consider venture capitalists and their unique needs …

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Cover just the major areas

Owners of buildings must have their elevators inspected regularly and, in some cities, post the safety inspection record in public. Adobe gives away its Reader software but charges for its Acrobat program that makes screen readable documents. Profit allows you to invest in people, systems, equipment, training, customer service, marketing …

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You may be truly innovative

. Decide what ten proactive operational systems are needed in each of your company's departments. Start a weekly award for the employee or production team player who saves the most money, does something excellent, has the best attitude, makes the best decision, or goes the extra mile for the customer. When …

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Competitive factors or competition

However, venture capitalists will back seedlings if the idea is strong enough and the prospects promising enough. An exchange medium'minerals, spices, cash, or something else'has typically been used to attach value to items being exchanged. Businesses that are recognized as the best in their markets continually take care of their …

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