September 30, 2019

How do you get paid for goods or services? Accounts receivable is the short answer. Here’s your introduction to one of the most important functions in a business.

What is accounts receivable?

Accounts receivable is the money you’re owed by customers. Once you send an invoice (or bill), it becomes part of your accounts receivable – until it’s paid.

Accounts receivable is the name given to both the money that’s owed, and the process of collecting it. So the accounts receivable process includes things like sending invoices, watching to see if they’ve been paid, taking steps to chase payment, and matching payments to invoices (also known as invoice reconcilia...

September 26, 2019

Not all business owners want to grow their business. Some may just want more control.

Afterall, your business is there to serve you; you shouldn’t be a slave to it. So, how do you regain that much needed control?


There are three essential tools all businesses must have:

  • An annual Business Plan.

  • An annual forecast.

  • Ongoing reporting and accountability.


The annual Business Plan

Your Business Plan shouldn’t be a lengthy document living in a dusty drawer. It should be on one page and displayed somewhere highly visible so you can review it regularly.

Best developed using an independent facilitator, your Business Plan should articul...

September 25, 2019

The garage-to-glory stories of social media big names aren’t foreign to most. Perhaps less enthused about though, are the actual gears behind these tech behemoths.

What keeps these multi-billion dollar businesses running and thriving despite seemingly taking  little from the end user’s wallet? How do they permeate both our work and personal lives while generating revenue almost imperceptibly? (Key word: almost)

With all the hubbub on the state of Pinterest’s IPO earlier this year, while Facebook was slapped with its biggest fine yet, we examine the social media business models behind a few of the biggest names today.


  • Monthly Active Users: 2.41...

September 23, 2019

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” - Alan Lakein

When we set out on a fishing trip or hike, we always check the weather forecast.

It’s no different in business. The forecast tells us if there’s bad weather (poor cashflow) in store based on the direction we’re heading.

Your forecast will tell you:

  • Whether you have enough sales in the pipeline to give you the desired level of profit you want for the year.

  • Whether your margins are appropriate.

  • If you need to review your pricing or production processes.

  • If your business is running as efficiently as it could be.

  • Where savings...

September 20, 2019

Money management matters

The first few years for any new business are crucial to its long-term success, with many challenges to overcome and lessons to be learned.

Cashflow problems and mismanaged finances are major causes of business failure in the early years. Some companies fail to plan properly, some set their sights too high or low, some don't keep track of costs, some fail to chase payment.

You can maximize your chances of business success by being aware of the pitfalls. Then you can manage your company's finances carefully and keep a close eye on its cashflow.

Taking sensible, practical steps will help you control spending and grow your business wit...

September 18, 2019

How to improve ecommerce inventory management

Making sure you have the right quantity of product in stock to meet demand can take a fair bit of number-crunching and forward planning. You need to allow for seasonal changes. You also need to account for new spending trends.

Use this 14-step list as your guide for improving the way you manage inventory.

  1. Start with these steps.

    • Look at your historical annual customer order numbers. Break down the figures into daily, monthly and quarterly volumes to help you identify the peaks and troughs of customer demand. Will you, for example, need extra stock in early December to meet Christmas demand?

September 16, 2019

To succeed in the competitive restaurant industry, you’ll need a firm grip on the finances. One of the major reasons why restaurants go out of business is badly-managed accounts.

With transactions going through on a daily basis and razor-thin margins, it’s important to manage cashflow well and keep an eye on inventory, costs and revenue.

So it's wise to think about restaurant accounting software before you open your restaurant. You'll need a system that is:

  • online – you can access it anytime, anywhere on your laptop or smartphone

  • accurate – you’re able to make business decisions with confidence

  • easy to use – you can hit the ground running


September 13, 2019

What is depreciation?

Depreciation is what happens when a business asset loses value over time. A work computer, for example, gradually depreciates from its original purchase price down to zero as it moves through its productive life.

There are techniques for measuring the declining value of those assets and showing it in your business’s books. This area of accounting can get complex so it’s a good idea to work with a professional.

Purpose of depreciation

Depreciation accounting helps you understand the true cost of doing business (because wear and tear is an expense) and estimate the value of your business.

  • Depreciation as an expense (cost of doing bus...

September 11, 2019

A business bank account is an essential requirement for any business. But with so many banking providers out there, how do you know which business account to choose?

The key is to know what you require from a bank account, and to choose a bank that understands the banking, financial and funding needs of your business.

Choosing an account that fits your business needs

Whether you’re a new sole trader or an established limited company, it’s advisable to maintain a clear divide between your personal and business money. So it’s vital to open a business bank account, giving you a separate account to handle your business transactions.

The choice of available acc...

September 8, 2019

Good research can improve your service or product, and it will make you a better marketer. Why wouldn’t you do it? Here’s a practical guide to help get you started.

What’s the point of market research?

You want the market to spend money with your business – repeatedly. Make that an easy decision for them by finding out precisely what they need from you.

Market research helps you ensure:

  • your product or service meets your target customers’ needs

  • your marketing connects with target customers in the right way

Market research is your chance to find out who you’re selling to and learn what they value, how they decide what to buy, and even what they...

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