Finance Essentials: Budgeting

Finance Essentials: Budgeting

Analysis, Balance Sheet, Budgeting, Cash Flow, Finance Essentials, Financial Planning and Analysis, Financial Statements, Forecasting, Income Statement, Ratios
Budgeting and forecasting - a lot of entrepreneurs are discouraged the moment they hear about it. It sounds like an impossible task to predict the future and often is overlooked because of its complexity. Of course, how could it be possible to say: "By the end of next twelve months I will earn $ X  income and generate $ Y cash."? Actually you just need a little change in perspective and you will start seeing your operating budget more like map towards your targets, and your key drivers showing your way to your targets. Lets take a look at the budgeting and forecasting process in the article below, to make it clear for you. As we agreed in the beginning it is difficult to predict exactly the future. Of course there…
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Finance Essentials: Cash Flow Statement

Finance Essentials: Cash Flow Statement

Cash Flow, Finance Essentials, Financial Planning and Analysis, Financial Statements
The cash flow statement is showing how much cash is generated by the company’s activities and starts with the bottom line from the income statement - net income. Net income should approximate  the cash that the company earned or lost during last period, but there are some adjustments that has to be made to arrive to the correct number. In order not to overcomplicate  our example we will not take into consideration accounting details like depreciation, amortization, accrued and deferred expenses, and we will assume that the inventory bought during the period is sold in the same period. When a company sells a product, the customer has to pay for it. Very often this payment is deferred in time and until the actual payment is completed, the company will register this…
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Finance Essentials for Startups and Small Businesses

Finance Essentials for Startups and Small Businesses

Analysis, Balance Sheet, Budgeting, Cash Flow, Finance Essentials, Financial Planning and Analysis, Financial Statements, Forecasting, Income Statement
No matter how promising your startup or company is, not having a sound financial understanding of it is a risky business. Yes, you could leave the finance to the bookkeepers and accountants, but you need to understand the underlying financial flows of your business, because that’s the key to understand how to manage your business successfully. Knowing your company’s finance should give you as broad information about where your business is headed to, as well as specific information such as: how much you should spend on a marketing project; would such investment be profitable, etc. The financial tools that we review in our articles and our models will help you to manage your day-to-day business and most importantly will help you to build a sound plan for the future of your…
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