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Cash Flow

Using Strategic Expenses to Enhance Your Cash Flow

David Finkel | Posted 09.28.2015 | Business
David Finkel

If you're looking to run a lean, efficient business, where are the places you should and should not spend money? Here is a simple distinction that will help you make smarter strategic choices for yourself. The distinction is between "strategic expenses" and "non-strategic expenses."

U.S. Retail Inventory Moving Slower, Tying Up Cash Longer

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

After several years of turning over inventory more quickly, U.S. retailers are experiencing slower-moving stock, according to preliminary data from Sageworks, a financial information company.

3 Ways to Boost Your Confidence and Your Revenue

Rachel Luna | Posted 06.03.2015 | Business
Rachel Luna

One of my favorite topics to talk about is confidence. Perhaps because for years I wore what I like to call, 'the veil of confidence' under which I was hiding an ocean of insecurities, self-doubt and limiting beliefs.

5 Selling Systems to Increase Your Cash Flow

David Finkel | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business
David Finkel

To scale your company you need to have a consistent base of sales you can count on so you can make the investment of staff and infrastructure to help you grow. Here are five simple tactics to systematically increase your sales.

5 Biggest Obstacles to Build a Professional Practice

David Finkel | Posted 09.28.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Whether you are building a medical practice, accounting or law firm, engineering or consulting practice, or financial services firm -- here are concrete insights to sidestep the five biggest obstacles that trip up most business owners who run professional service firms.

6 Tactics to Quickly Boost Your Cash Flow

David Finkel | Posted 09.28.2015 | Business
David Finkel

I'm sitting down with Dawn (name changed to be respectful), owner of a software company who was struggling with cash flow.

The 3 Rules to Leverage Your Expertise and Increase Your Cash Flow

David Finkel | Posted 09.25.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Whether you're a one-person consulting operation or a 100-person manufacturing business, you've had to work hard to build the knowledge you need to make your business a success. Why not maximize your return on your expertise by leveraging it to create more cash flow?

Rocket Scientist Invents New Way to Pay Down Debt

Garrett B. Gunderson | Posted 03.24.2015 | Money
Garrett B. Gunderson

There was a rocket scientist in the audience and he looked skeptical. His father was a client of mine who insisted I was teaching great things about manufacturing wealth, but he felt like his finances were already in order. Finally he agreed to hear me speak.

The Single Most Important Metric to Measure to Improve Your Cash Flow

David Finkel | Posted 02.16.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Most businesses carelessly fall into cash crunches because they let their receivables slip longer and longer before being paid. But the longer you let your receivables slip, the more damaging this can be to your company's cash flow.

The 4 Most Common Causes of Cash Flow Challenges (and what to do about them)

David Finkel | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Before you rush off to sell your way out of a cash flow challenge, make sure you take a moment to see if that is the real root cause of the crisis.

What I've Learned About Putting Profits First

Josh Patrick | Posted 09.27.2014 | Small Business
Josh Patrick

I've written many times about why profits are more important than growth. It's funny how the people who respond negatively to these posts are advisors or people who used to be in business.

What Are Hidden Metrics and Why Should You Care?

Josh Patrick | Posted 09.14.2014 | Small Business
Josh Patrick

KPI's are all the rage. I like the term hidden metric. To me it's more descriptive. A hidden metric is a measurement that you use in your company that is not included in your normal financial statements. It's usually something you've developed that helps you understand your business better.

Do You Think Profits First?

Josh Patrick | Posted 08.12.2014 | Small Business
Josh Patrick

If you own a business you know that you need to put profits first. If you've been around for any period of time, you've had lean times in your business.

What to Do When Cash Flow Problems Threaten to Stall Growth

Gary Groff | Posted 06.25.2014 | Business
Gary Groff

A key retailer in your space wants more of your product, and others are competing for it. But you're also sinking capital into making your product up to eight months before you'll get paid for it. How do you get the funds right now?

What Are Your Financial Statements Telling You?

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 02.22.2014 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

What could your business do with an extra $1 million in cash? Borrow less? Invest in new equipment? Hire staff to help grow your sales? The answers l...

A Mentor Is a Shortcut

Christine Eilvig | Posted 02.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Christine Eilvig

I have had some intense and transforming mentor sessions this week. That has led me to think about how much easier things get with the right helpers at hand.

Growing A Small Business? Here Are 5 Equations You Need To Know

Posted 05.13.2015 | Small Business

This post is by Goldman Sachs as part of their sponsorship of The Huffington Post's What Is Working: Small Businesses Cash flow may be the lifebloo...

You've Got Cash! Where to Put It?

Gene Marks | Posted 08.07.2013 | Small Business
Gene Marks

The most important thing I've learned from the five business people here is this: You have a better chance of growing your own money faster than any financial planner.

Slow Payers Hurting Companies' Cash Flow, Hiring

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 08.08.2012 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Cash is tied up in inventory as well as receivables, and that has a significant effect on cash flow and consequently, a significant effect on how much companies can use for capital expenditures or new jobs.

5 Reasons To Improve Cash Flow Forecasting

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 05.01.2012 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

By knowing exactly what cash you have coming in and going out and when those transfers occur, you ensure your business has enough cash to continue operating from day to day. But there are other reasons to improve your cash-flow forecasts, according to accounting and financial experts. Here are five important ones.

Top Signs Your Business Should Borrow

Brian Hamilton | Posted 04.29.2012 | Small Business
Brian Hamilton

There are times when it is good to borrow money, but those times are limited. So how do you know when you truly need to borrow for your business? The answer is not always obvious.

Small Business Financing May Suffer From Obama's Proposed Budget and Political Wrangling

Jerry Chautin | Posted 04.22.2012 | Small Business
Jerry Chautin

Small-business owners are holding their collective breaths as the Obama Administration's proposed budget wends its way through the politically-charged Congress.

Unleash the Privateers

Phil Shanks | Posted 04.15.2012 | Business
Phil Shanks

The small and medium sector, our privateers, remain becalmed by the lack of bank finance and unable to join the battle. I am confident that it is safe to unleash them yet again, put some wind in their sails and reap the benefits.

Commercial Mortgage Bankers Are Doing Deals As the Real Estate Market Breathes New Signs of Life

Jerry Chautin | Posted 04.02.2012 | Business
Jerry Chautin

Rental apartments are back in demand, financing for hotels and motels is loosening up a bit and investors are stepping off the sidelines with wads of cash to do deals.

Managing Cash

Michael Kaiser | Posted 03.18.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

As with all aspects of fixing a troubled organization, celebrate successes. When the entire organization celebrates the shrinking level of vendor debt, everyone becomes more confident that solvency can be achieved.