Thursday, 30 March 2017

Investing eguides

  1. Plan to Avoid Business Failure

    Use market research to confirm demand and assess suitability of proposed offerings. Create a management team to offset any gaps in experience or expertise. Raise equity to reduce exposure to interest rate changes, reduce gearing etc.
  2. Traps to Avoid When Preparing Financial Projections

    When preparing financial projections for your business plan, be conscious of the pitfalls and dangers listed below. These can arise as the result of a lack of foresight or insight, or because of excessive optimism. As they can lead to...
  3. How NOT to Write a Business Plan

    Based on experience reviewing hundreds of business plans for new and small businesses mainly in the "tech" space, I drafted the following list of common mistakes and flaws seen in plans.
  4. Time Required to Produce a Business Plan

    How long should it take to write a business plan and how should the time be allocated?
  5. New Business Ideas

    This entry deals with the tricky task of assessing new business ideas. Having built up a moderate list of ideas, these must be evaluated so that a short-list of preferred options with the greatest potential and lowest risk can be...
  6. Inspiration for Better Business Planning

    Here are some quotations to motivate and inspire the planning and development of your business: Rise early, work hard, strike oil. (J Paul Getty) The person who doesn't scatter the morning dew will not comb grey hairs (Irish proverb) A...
  7. Managing a Business Means Managing its Working Capital

    Cash is a business's life blood and every manager's primary task is to help keep it flowing and to use this cash flow to generate profits. If a business is operating profitably, then it should, in theory, generate cash surpluses....
  8. Basic Steps to Starting a Business

    So, you have a solid idea for a business and you are wondering how to turn it into a real business. Try following these steps: Clarify your business idea in terms of what you will offer customers. See getting new...
  9. Length of a Business Plan

    What is the ideal page length of a business plan? Well, what is the length of a piece of string? The answer really depends on the purpose and scope of the plan - are we talking about a basic or...
  10. New Year Resolutions for Better Business

    Here are some suggested new year resolutions for 2010 for better business planning applicable to any established business: Get or maintain a tight grip on cash flows. For help, see the Checklist for Improving Cash Flow and Cashflow Plan. For...
  11. Marketing Strategies, Sales Plans and Projections

    When preparing a business plan (or a "standalone" marketing & sales plan), Marketing Strategies, Sales Plans & Projections is a critical section within the overall plan. In simple terms, marketing and sales plans should cover the 4Ps - Product, Price,...
  12. Improving Cash Flow

    Cash flow is the life blood of every business and lack of cash is a much more significant cause of business failure than trading losses. The management and preservation of cash is a priority task which must be performed day...
  13. Raising Finance from Venture Capitalists, Business Angels & Banks

    When preparing financial projections for a business plan, you may need to consider raising finance from venture capitalists, business angels and/or banks. Here are some tips. They assume you are using a fully-integrated financial planning tool, like our Exl-Plan range, to prepare projected income statements,...
  14. Review of a Business Plan

    It is unusual for business and personal interests to coincide as has happened in recent weeks as a result of the publication by the Irish Government of a business plan for the National Asset Management Agency (Nama). Nama is being...
  15. Get New Business Ideas

    Here are some tips on getting ideas for a new or established business. Bear in mind that ideas could be based on any of the following fundamental approaches: A manufactured product where you buy materials or parts and make up...

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