9 keys to avoiding cash flow shortages

Virtually every business says they want to grow. And almost all firms have cash flow challenges from time-to-time. How can you accomplish both growth & solid cash flow management simultaneously? Be smart. Have a plan. Work your plan. Oh, and follow these 9...

Organizations running out of Cash. Really?

Many people start businesses but can’t make it past the first few months for a surprisingly basic reason; they run out of cash. How can you prevent this? Everyone knows you need to forecast the 3 traditional financial statements (balance sheet, income statement...

Leverage is: Good, Bad or….

Leverage is defined in physics as “the mechanical advantage or power gained by using a lever.” In finance it is “the use of long-term borrowed money in an attempt to increase your return to shareholder.” So when do you know when leverage is good, bad or…? In the...

What? A lease is not a lease?

For many decades now leasing has been a reasonable alternative to buying when a business wanted to acquire assets. Whether for cash flow, tax or flexibility reasons, leasing provides needed choices for firms. Then FASB & IASB decided to change the rules because...

What do you need: Growth capital vs. Working Capital?

Working capital? Growth capital? • What do the terms mean? • Which do we need? • What is the difference? • Why should we care? I have heard these questions over & over again from both consulting clients & training attendees; so here are the answers. Working...

Which is better: Profits or Cash Flow?

The question came up with another client just this week: what should we focus on; Profits or Cash Flow? Let’s start by clearly stating what each of these is. • Profits represent revenues less expenses generally on an accrual basis as presented on the Income Statement....

So which is it: Mergers or Acquisitions?

Don’t we always hear the terms together; Mergers AND Acquisition or M&A? But can it be both at the same time? If not, why does the term infer they are linked; as in one? As of this writing I am in San Francisco, co-facilitating the AMA’s course on, you guessed...

Cash is King; or Is It?

We’ve all heard it; Cash is King. But do we understand it? Is it really that simple? What does this actually mean? The first thing I learned as a young banker was this saying. I naively asked what it meant. I was told by my mentor it referred to two ideas; 1) having...

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