Every business has a number. Now I’m the numbers guy, so of course I’d say something like that. I’ve even written before about key performance indicators (KPIs) and how crucial they are to managing any business. I’ve discussed the ways in which numbers help our clients keep score of monthly, quarterly, and yearly results. And …Read more
We already looked at a profile to help identify thieving employees. Now let’s talk about prevention. That Won’t Happen in My Company! The first hurdle you need to overcome is this mindset. It’s why so many thieves get away with stealing so much for so long. Here’s the difficult truth: “One out of three business …Read more
My friend Jim was shocked. His office manager—trusted for over a decade, an integral part of his company, someone he considered practically family—was stealing from him. She had been giving herself bogus overtime and vacation pay for over a year. If he hadn’t stumbled onto her misdeeds, she probably would have continued to do so …Read more
True story ahead. Years ago I was at a client’s office closing up the books for the month. I’ll call this client Fred to save him some embarrassment. Fred ran a successful business, with consistent positive cash flow. He had recently implemented some pricing changes that our firm had helped him figure out. The results …Read more
I was watching a few innings of a baseball game the other day. I was taken back to a time when I tried to explain the game to one of my kids. My daughter had played one season of soccer. In that game, everybody’s job was to kick the ball in the goal. Pretty simple, …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.
Subscribe to Our Newsletter
What’s on Your Reading List?
- The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It, by Michael E. Gerber
- Profit First: A Simple System to Transform Any Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine, by Mike Michalowicz
- Managing by the Numbers: A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Using Your Company’s Financials, by Chuck Kremer, Ron Rizzuto and John Case