Forecasting

How to be sure you are making money - and keeping some for yourself

The orders are coming in, the customers are happy, and business seems to be, well, maybe not booming but pretty darn good. So how come it's so hard to pay the bills or take some drawings? Sue Hirst explains.

Checklist: 10 things seasonal businesses must do to prosper

A business which has very high and very low seasons is a lot more risky than one which does not have so much fluctuation in income and expenses. Here are some tips to help ensure survival.

9 keys to growing your business this year

Have you returned to work feeling refreshed and energized about what you can achieve this year? Even if you didn’t have a break, Sue Hirst suggests now is a great opportunity to start afresh and take the opportunity to review things for better financial performance in 2014.

Using numbers to grow sales, profit and cash

You can do a lot of different things to grow your business, but at the end of the day, Sue Hirst says you need to look at the numbers as they are concrete evidence of what works and what doesn't.

How successful business owners manage money

For most businesses, the area which is the most difficult to manage, is finance, says Sue Hirst. And she outlines ten things you can do to make sure you are firmly in the driving seat when it comes to managing the money in your business.

How to use Accounts Payable to your advantage

Accounts Payable may seem like a ho-hum kind of subject, but it can be a minefield of mistakes. Sue Hirst explains.

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Know your numbers

School maths was not Sandy Geyer's idea of time well spent, but when she started her first business, she found herself changing her mind. She shares what she's learnt about the numbers behind a business, and has some great tips for getting to grips with yours.

The value of getting your costing right

Understanding costing is vital if you want your business to grow. Sue Hirst says many small and home business owners are working hard without seeing the results, and she has some tips to help you make your business more profitable.

Ride the income rollercoaster - and enjoy it!

Do you have lots of business one minute and none the next? This is a typical home or small business scenario, and one that can be stressful especially for those new to the game. Here are some tips to help you cope - and even make the most of it.

Maximising Sales, Profit and Cash

Sales, profit and cash are the key issues to focus on in business financial management. If you can get these three working you’re well on your way to building a sustainable business with capacity to grow. Sue Hirst shows you how.

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