Forecasting

Monitoring your business's vital signs could quite possibly determine whether it survives or not. Sue Hirst explains.

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Cutting costs
Understanding costing is vital if you want your business to grow. Sue Hirst says many small and home business owners are working hard without seeing the results, and she has some tips to help you make your business more profitable.

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House for sale
When a business is headed for trouble, often the owner knows deep down - but as Sue Hirst's tale of woe shows, it's important to listen to that nagging doubt and seek help early. She draws some lessons from one owner's sad experience.

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if you have a budget for your business you're probably ahead of 90% of small business owners. But just as accounts don't provide much value if only used when filing your tax return, budgets aren't much use if not revised and referred to during the year. Here are some tips to help you get more value from your budget.

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Cutting costs
No-one ever said running a business was easy - but some times can be more difficult than others. When your business is taking a hit, Sue Hirst explains there are four ways you can help ensure you make it to the next upturn.

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CFO stands for Chief Financial Officer. It’s a term used mainly in larger businesses, but is just as relevant to smaller business, in that someone has to do it irrespective of their job title. It’s often the business owner or a family member.

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Piggybank
Getting, and keeping, the cash flowing in your business can be difficult - but there are some tricks to making it happen. Lisa Minenni has some practical advice for startups and existing businesses alike.

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Rollercoaster
Do you have lots of business one minute and none the next? This is a typical home or small business scenario, and one that can be stressful especially for those new to the game. Here are some tips to help you cope - and even make the most of it.

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We often hear the same ideas about growing businesses repeated over and over, and we may begin to believe them. While there is often some truth to these concepts, Sue Hirst debunks the myths and explains what really does contribute to growth.

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Calculating income and expenses
When you find yourself with more bills than cash to pay them with, Michael Smyth identifies some useful options you can use to throw your business a lifeline and ease the cashflow.

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Having a budget without a forecast is like riding a motor vehicle without knowing how much fuel is in the tank.

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snail
Has reality started to set in after the holidays and are you finding business more sluggish than you would like? Eric Billoud explains why it's happening and what you can do to overcome the issue.

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Coin piles
The orders are coming in, the customers are happy, and business seems to be, well, maybe not booming but pretty darn good. So how come it's so hard to pay the bills or take some drawings? Sue Hirst explains.

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Have you returned to work feeling refreshed and energized about what you can achieve this year? Even if you didn’t have a break, Sue Hirst suggests now is a great opportunity to start afresh and take the opportunity to review things for better financial performance in 2014.

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You can do a lot of different things to grow your business, but at the end of the day, Sue Hirst says you need to look at the numbers as they are concrete evidence of what works and what doesn't.

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For most businesses, the area which is the most difficult to manage, is finance, says Sue Hirst. And she outlines ten things you can do to make sure you are firmly in the driving seat when it comes to managing the money in your business.

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Accounts Payable may seem like a ho-hum kind of subject, but it can be a minefield of mistakes. Sue Hirst explains.

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School maths was not Sandy Geyer's idea of time well spent, but when she started her first business, she found herself changing her mind. She shares what she's learnt about the numbers behind a business, and has some great tips for getting to grips with yours.

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Sales, profit and cash are the key issues to focus on in business financial management. If you can get these three working you’re well on your way to building a sustainable business with capacity to grow. Sue Hirst shows you how.

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When times are tough, there's less leeway for error. Sue Hirst has some handy hints for business owners wanting to reduce risk and achieve growth in a tight market.

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