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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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Financial advice for SMEs – 2017 round-up

Financial advice for SMEs – 2017 round-up In this last post before Christmas, I thought it might be helpful to take a look back over the posts I’ve published during the course of 2017. I really enjoy my work as a Portfolio Finance Director and sharing my knowledge in order to help businesses improve their money matters is all part of the service – so here are some top picks from this year’s articles. I’ve selected those that have good generic information that most SMEs would find helpful. A little light reading for over the Christmas break to help you prepare for an even more successful New Year!

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3 ways to improve your financial management in 2018

If one of your business New Year’s resolutions is to improve your financial management, then it’s time to start thinking about exactly how you’re going to achieve it. However well organised or thorough you may be, there’s always room to refine processes for better results – and starting 2018 as you mean to go on could leave you with even more positive outcomes to reflect on this time next year. For many SMEs, the key to improving financial management in their organisation is all about having the right systems and the ability to accurately analyse the figures. Here are my tips for things you could do differently – or better – next year...

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Budgeting to set up for success in 2018

s we approach the end of the year (where does the time go?!) it’s a great time to start planning your business budget ready for the next one. Setting up a budgeting process allows you to keep an eye on your finances, set your annual objectives and understand your current and future financial commitments – all essentials for any SME.

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A few tips for building an effective finance team

When your business is first starting out, accounting tasks may initially be conducted by your core staff, with managers or even general office staff taking the reins of your day-to-day financial responsibilities. However, as your business grows and your accounts get more complicated, you’ll soon find that you need to employ skilled staff to deal with these matters – but where do you start?

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Reducing business overheads to improve financial performance

While providing a good service and becoming an established leader in your field are common objectives for many SMEs, it’s fair to say that we’re all driven by a desire to succeed in terms of financial stability and growth too.

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How attending a finance course can have a big benefit for your business

As a business owner or manager, it quite literally pays to be on top of your finances – but when your skill set lies in other areas, what’s the best way to bring your knowledge up to scratch? While you may not feel you have time to invest in any long-term, ongoing commitment, there are some fantastic one-day financial training courses around that will arm you with all the information you need to make better decisions and understand the underlying principles of good financial management. By getting to grips with the basics, you’ll be able to keep a closer and keener eye on many elements of your business finances, and have more informed conversations with colleagues, staff and associates.

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