How to measure progress

What’s your goal? How can you measure progress towards meeting your goal? These are practical questions – not only does every business person need goals, but they also need to measure progress. I’ll give you a simple example. I’m blogging. My current goal is to get people to read my blog. I measure my performance […]
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Dividends explained

Dividends are distributions of profits to stockholders.  Corporations pay dividends; dividends paid by partnerships and sole proprietorships are called “withdrawals” or “drawings.” “Dividends” generally refer to cash dividends, cash payments to stockholders as a distribution of their profits.  After all, profits belong to the stockholders. “Stock dividends” actually refer to distributions of stock, when companies […]
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What are revenues?

Revenues are inflows earned from your customers. The key factor to understanding revenues is understanding that you must earn them.  To earn a revenue, you must provide whatever service or product it is that you provide to your customers.  For example, if you sell yoga equipment through an e-commerce site, then you will earn revenues as […]
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Do more with less

Perhaps the most powerful aspect of e-commerce is the ability of web entrepreneurs to create major business using almost no assets. Consider one of the great retailers of yesteryear: Sears Roebuck. To generate tremendous sales, Sears built a chain of department stores across the country, printed a fat catalog every year, and then mailed it […]
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Step costs explained

To run a business, you must understand how your business’s costs behave.  A fixed cost is any cost that will remain the same, regardless of changes in your sales volume.  Variable costs are costs that change with sales volume.  The greater your sales, the greater your variable costs. Step costs change only at certain intervals.  For […]
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The income statement explained

The income statement is a financial statement that measures a company’s profitability.  It is sometimes called: Statement of income Statement of earnings Statement of operations Profit and loss statement The basic formula for the income statement is: Revenues – expenses = net income Income statements are usually prepared using the accrual basis.  The largest expense […]
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Managing inventory productively

From Wikimedia Commons One of the most challenging aspects of running a business is managing inventory in a productive way. First of all, what is inventory?  These are the products that you have purchased which you plan to resell to customers. One new-wave approach to inventory management is “made-to-order.”  This means that you produce products […]
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