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Essential finance foundations – principles and jargon


One of our jobs as financial directors is to train business owners and managers on the fundamental foundations of finance. By understanding the 3 different core statements/reports that make up a set of accounts – and the jargon that goes with them – you’ll become much more confident in your ability to translate the figures, and realise that accounts aren’t really quite as complex as they can first appear.

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The balance sheet – a snapshot of your business finances


The balance sheet is one of the 3 different statements/reports that make up your set of accounts; it’s called a balance sheet because it will always balance

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The profit and loss account – a video of your business efficiency


We say this is the ‘video’ of your business, as it tells the story of how operationally efficient your business was in the 12 month accounting period, by showing all the invoices in and out, to show revenue raised and costs incurred.

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The cash flow statement


Your cash flow statement is like your business’s CCTV camera, as it shows you physically what cash has come in and what cash has gone out in that accounting period.

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How to measure business goals


Setting business goals is a great way to accelerate and achieve success but you need to bear two important things in mind when you’re deciding what your goals are: Measurability Quantity

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What should you measure to help meet business goals


Most businesses use Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) as a measure for gauging business success and meeting their objectives – but while they certainly have their value, to truly measure your goals you need to look forwards, not just backwards.

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Setting measurable business goals


Defining business goals is a great way to keep you focused and on track to achieve greater success, so I wanted to share a case study to help you understand how the process can work, why Critical Success Factors are essential, and how to measure results.

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The A-Z of goal setting


Setting a goal gives us a target to aim for; it gives us something to focus on and helps to keep us motivated; a natural by-product is enhanced performance. And the benefits don’t just appear when you meet the goal. There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that just by setting one in the first place you have a higher chance of being successful, whether you meet the challenge you set yourself or not – and in my view, that’s because in thinking about what’s required for a target, you’re already putting yourself ahead of people who don’t.

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The benefits of setting goals


Setting a goal gives us a target to aim for; it gives us something to focus on and helps to keep us motivated; a natural by-product is enhanced performance.

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What can I claim as a legitimate business expense?


Doing your accounts might not be the most exciting part of your business, but it can really pay to keep an eye on what you claim in tax deductible expenses, to make sure you only pay as much tax as you should and don’t miss out on any legitimate savings. While you may have an internal accounts department or outsourced financial manager helping you to keep on top of your taxes, knowing what you can claim for is pretty essential for any business owner. This awareness will help to ensure that you keep hold of any relevant receipts or invoices –but remember that any expenses claimed must be “wholly and exclusively” for business purposes.

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