When Is It Time To Hire a Controller?
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When Is It Time To Hire a Controller?

It’s no secret that every business owner wants to make more money and maximize profits. The problem is they don’t know how to manage the finances of their business which leaves them confused and frustrated, not knowing which levers to pull to drive success. They may make decisions to make more money, but they’re not sure…

What are the Bottlenecks in Your Business?
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What are the Bottlenecks in Your Business?

Every business owner envisions a growing business, running smoothly without drama and having massive amounts of cash flow and profits. The problem is that with growth comes increasing complexity. Oftentimes, you need to add people and improve processes. Deciding not to add people and processes can create choke points in our business that cause it to become increasingly inefficient or…

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…

How Good Are You at Collecting Money?
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How Good Are You at Collecting Money?

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 “cooked” just right, with lots of cash flow and profits. You can read about the…

Profitability: Do You Know How to Get it?
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Profitability: Do You Know How to Get it?

Have you ever cooked something that just didn’t turn out right? Either you missed an ingredient or put in the wrong proportions. You cooked it too long or not long enough. I recall recently that I was trying to grill some really thick steaks. Two were supposed to be medium rare and two were supposed to be…

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 2, The Income Statement
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Teaching Financials to Drive Performance: Part 2, The Income Statement

Every business owner has a big vision for their company and wants to make it happen. However, when the owner is struggling with making the company bigger, they often get confused or frustrated that it’s not happening. They didn’t teach you how to grow your company in college and there’s no on-the-job training when you’re…

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…

What You Really Need to Know About Changes in Profitability
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What You Really Need to Know About Changes in Profitability

It’s time to say goodbye to 2020!  It’s a new day and a new year. If COVID taught you anything, it’s that when a business is in crisis mode, it often goes undetected for a while. Through no fault of their own, many business owners either lost control or felt out of control when money…

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