Don’t Lose Profits: Pay Close Attention to Your Financial Documents

No business is designed to take losses. You would be hard pressed to find a small business owner that is setting out to lose money, and to not end up a successful business. Paying attention to profits can go a long way in helping a business, even if a profit does not seem likely all the time. Below are a few points to keep in mind when managing financial documents.

Money Tips: 10 Best Personal Finance Books of All Time

Money management is one of the most important skills a young person can develop. Unfortunately, many people lack even the most basic money management skills for one reason or another. The below books are a list that every 20-something should read.

Gross Margin Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story

Your financial report says that you've achieved a 35% gross margin on your latest project/job. Should you be happy? Maybe. Gross margin doesn't tell the whole story.

Milking the Business

If you have worked for a corporation for a few years before you start your own venture, you need to really prepare for the first time of not having a paycheck every two weeks. While you hear stories about all the personal things that your business can pay for through the company, milking your company can be a very big problem.

Cutting Expenses: 4 Reasons Your Business Needs to Capitalize on Discounts

Small businesses succeed, in large part, because of entrepreneurs' efforts to minimize costs and increase efficiency. Unfortunately, too many business owners become complacent in their daily operations and forget to actively search for the best deal.

How to Keep Your Small Business Alive During Tough Financial Times

Small business owners need to be savvy and come up with real ways to reduce their expenses and increase their cash flow. In simple terms, less money needs to be leaving your account and more money needs to be coming in. It is an obvious statement to say that you need higher profits, but so many companies are missing opportunities to do just that.

Financial Statement Fruit Salad Is a Recipe for Disaster

You can't make good decisions for your business without accurate financial statements. If someone is inputting the wrong information, or putting it in the wrong locations, then you'll have financial statements which can't be relied upon. You don't need to know the intricacies of how each entry is made. You do need to know enough to question if the statements don't appear to be right.

Cash Is Time Is Cash

Here is a simple economic truth. Fixed overhead continues to eat into your cash month after month. It doesn't differentiate facile, efficient businesses from slow, disorganized, quality-challenged ones.

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