“We hate keeping track of time,” the business owner told me, shaking her head. “We really suck at it. But I want to know how efficiently our employees are working. I’d also like to see how our billable hours stack up against our competitors. Isn’t there another way than tracking time and labor dollars?” What …Read more
It’s a brand-new year, full of promise and potential. I hope you’re rolling up your sleeves to improve cash flow this year. Wait, that wasn’t one of your new year’s resolutions? Your current year budget isn’t in place? Don’t despair, it’s not too late. The best way to begin is by calculating your monthly break-even …Read more
You know you’re an accountant when — during the turkey dinner, holiday shopping, and assorted festivities — your brain turns to budgeting. That’s on my mind a lot right now, as our firm guides clients through exercises and calculations to give them a detailed forecast of revenue and expenses for next year. Does the thought …Read more
An accountant walks into a bar . . . No, it’s not the beginning of a corny joke. It describes a visit I once made to a client. Her books were in shambles. She was bouncing checks right and left. She never had as much money in the bank as she thought she should. And …Read more
Have you hesitated about rolling up your sleeves and digging into the financial side of your company? Then read on. This information will add years to the life your business—and make sense of your conversations with accountants and other trusted advisors. Let’s Start at the Very Beginning When accountants say “financial statements,” they mean three …Read more
What Can I Learn Today to Improve Our Financial Performance?
You can hear when an engine is running smoothly—or racing or sputtering. The same is true for the financial drivers of your business.
You just need to know what to listen for. The good news is that your numbers are talking all the time!
Here are the best ideas we can find on how to ask your business for the information you need, to understand what it says, and take action on what you learn.