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Billing and collecting your accounts receivable (A/R) in a timely manner is key to optimizing cash flow and you need to have a way to monitor A/R at least on a weekly basis.
In this four-minute video clip, a leading expert on finance and an experienced entrepreneur discusses practical strategies on securing cash sooner from accounts receivable. Requires RealPlayer available for free at http://www.real.com.
Recounting the tale of founding and growing two companies, one which ultimately failed, the author argues that the key message about cash in a high growth business is raise more than you need, and spend less than you have.
A seasoned angel investor outlines what his angel group considers to be the proper sequence of information for entrepreneurs to use in pitching to angel investors.
Raising money by selling equity to investors is a rare activity for companies, says CommonAngels' James Geshwiler. Not many CEOs get much practice or guidance on how to do this key task. This document is a sample template for entrepreneurs to use in pitching their companies to angel investors, and covers six main areas of risk and ability to generate return for investors.
Compare actual financial figures to your budget at least monthly. You may need to adjust the budget during the year to reflect new information.
The founder and CEO of American Reading Company, Jane Hileman, has seen her company grow from a few teachers ten years ago to 111 employees today who provide books and reading goals for students to encourage a love of reading. Hileman's goals are revenue growth, profitability, and success.
Before building a detailed line-by-line budget, entrepreneurs should prepare a preliminary forecast, projecting estimates of the primary components of profitability--sales, cost of goods sold, and operating expenses.
Budgeting, forecasting, and projecting mean fundamentally the same thing--estimating future amounts based on information you already know.
Historical financial information can be a great tool to jumpstart the budgeting process if care is taken to adjust for any incorrect or misleading information.
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