Accounting and finance make up a key component of the business planning process and relate to the analysis and reporting of financial transactions. This section contains posts that describe the key concepts entrepreneurs need to know to develop a sound small business financial plan.
Successful entrepreneurs know that it is not revenue or sales that count, but the gross margin you can produce from your sales. Without a healthy gross margin, your sales will not produce enough gross profit to cover your operating expenses and return a profit to the owners.
The three most common financial statements are the Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Cash Flow Statement. They are produced by a company’s accounting software and look at what happened in the past. While these financial statements are often included in a business plan for an existing business, they are not part of the pre-start business plan.
A company's cost structures represent the specific costs that the business will incur while operating under a particular business model. Through understanding the key resource, key activities, and its key partners, the business can determine its available cost structures. By choosing to be either Cost Driven or Value Driven and properly using Operating Leverage, the business can find its optimal cost structure.
When it comes to defining your revenue streams, especially when you are developing a business model canvas, there are many factors that you need to consider that affect your potential income source. Will you use a fixed or dynamic pricing mechanism, and is your revenue based on transactional and reoccurring sources of revenue?
What is operating leverage and why should you care? Ignoring the financial mumbo-jumbo, operating leverage represents how having debt can affect a company's bottom line profit. In some cases, Operating leverage can improve a company's profits and in others, it can destroy it.