The owner of a marketing communications business—let’s call her Christine—was sitting across from me. She cradled her head in her left hand and sighed. Then she looked over at me with large, pleading eyes and said, “My people have never been busier. But in the 10 years I’ve led this company, never have I struggled …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
After the holiday shopping and celebrations of December, January often shines the cold light of reality on a new year—highlighting how prepared you feel for it. In the world of small business, that includes having a budget. Last month, we looked at how your company defines mandatory and discretionary spending. Many of you replied that …Read more
Continuing the saga of “time is money…” Last month I wrote about how important it is for the small business owner to know exactly how his/her time gets spent – billable or non-billable, sales development or staff development and list goes on. This month I want to dive into tracking time at the company level. …Read more
I’ll cop to walking on the fastidious side of the street. And as someone obsessed with the accuracy of numbers, I’ll confess that high attention to detail might run deeper in my veins than it does in yours. I get paid to produce ART after all. ART stands for Accurate, Reliable, and Timely financial information. …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.
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