Is Your Leverage Creeping Up on You?
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Is Your Leverage Creeping Up on You?

We’ve been talking about how running a business is like baking or cooking.  You need all the right ingredients, in the right proportions, cooked at the right temperature, for the right amount of time.  Every business owner wants a business that’s perfectly “cooked”, with lots of cash flow and profits and collecting receivables well. If you…

How to Stop Leaking Cash
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How to Stop Leaking Cash

We’ve been discussing how running your business is like following a recipe. You need the right ingredients in the right amounts in order for the dish to come out correctly. We’ve talked about profitability, which is a measure of profit relative to revenue. And we’ve also talked about activity, collecting your accounts receivable and turning inventory. The third ingredient…

3 Liquidity Traps to Avoid
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3 Liquidity Traps to Avoid

You might be in a growth phase of your business. Growth always requires cash and cash is generally at a premium. Further, there are some liquidity traps to be avoided as you grow. Here’s 3 to watch out for:  1) Excess build-up of accounts receivable  It’s normal for your receivables to increase when you grow. However, if…

2 Questions You Need to Answer Before You Talk to a Bank
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2 Questions You Need to Answer Before You Talk to a Bank

Every business owner wants abundant cash flow in their business. It’s emotional and practical. Cash is like oxygen. Your business can’t function without it.  When cash is in short supply, owners become lightheaded, then despondent, then desperate. Cash represents success and lack of it, failure. It’s not a question of “if” cash is in short supply,…

Teaching Financials to Drive Performance: Part 1, The Balance Sheet
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Teaching Financials to Drive Performance: Part 1, The Balance Sheet

Every business owner wants to make more money and maximize profits. The problem is that many business owners don’t know how to manage the finances of their business or what levers to pull to improve overall profitability.  One of my business owner clients put it like this: “I never had a problem making money. Revenue…

4 Ways to Measure the Health of Your Business
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4 Ways to Measure the Health of Your Business

Last week we talked about working on the business. Moving your business ahead may require that you step back to gain a healthy perspective. Delegating tasks to others who are equally or more talented at accomplishing them will free up your time to working on marketing, new business opportunities or maybe even a company acquisition….

2 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Talk to a Bank
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2 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Talk to a Bank

Trying to get a line of credit? Frustrated with the bank process? You’re not alone. Navigating the banking landscape can be a very time consuming process.   There are two questions you need to answer before you start: Are you bank ready? Are you bankable? What is bank ready? Bank ready is nothing more than being…

4 KPI’s You Should Be Using In Your Business
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4 KPI’s You Should Be Using In Your Business

KPI’s, key performance indicators are critical for managing your business. You can’t manage what you don’t measure, right? Goals allow us to stay focused and manage our businesses effectively. Here are 4 KPI’s for you consider: Liquidity– You may be profitable, but how much cash do you have in your bank account?   Measure your cash…

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