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Cash Sources

There are three primary sources of cash for every business. The operation can borrow money, it can get more capital from the owners/investors, or earn the money. If a new business operation, try to match the sources off the funds to the respective uses to maximize the business going concern.

Insolvency and Bankruptcy – Know the Difference

02/01/2014

Every business owner needs to know the difference between insolvency and bankruptcy.  Often these two terms are misunderstood and improperly used in conversation.  You need to know their correct meaning because both are used in civil law and both [...]

Quick Ratio – Definition, Explanation and Proper Use

01/14/2014

The quick ratio is a formula used in business to identify the ability of a business to pay its current liabilities.  It is also known as the ‘Acid Test’ formula (ratio).  In the large markets this formula is one of the financial industry [...]

Effective Internal Controls for Cash

03/18/2013

All businesses should have internal controls to deter fraud, detect theft, and preserve assets.  Of all the assets, cash is the easiest to misappropriate.  Effective internal controls for cash prevent the proverbial hand in the cookie jar.   So [...]

An Explanation of Current Assets

03/11/2013

The asset side of the balance sheet is divided into 3 major sections.  They include current assets, fixed assets, and other assets.  Current assets carry the most value to the small business entrepreneur because of the cash conversion aspect.  [...]

The Different Types of Bank Loans

02/19/2013

There are many different types of bank loans, each having their own respective purpose.  All bank loans are categorized into two distinct groupings; secured and unsecured loans.  Within in each category of loans there are several different [...]

What is Accrual Accounting?

02/11/2013

Accrual accounting is the preferred method of accounting for all business operations.  Any publicly traded company must comply with the principles of accrual accounting.  Small business operations can choose between cash and accrual accounting for [...]

Construction Draw Schedule

01/22/2013

A construction draw schedule is a financial tool used by contractors in identifying percentage of completion points in the project for the bank to advance proceeds to the contractor. The construction draw schedule is instrumental in keeping the [...]

Small Business Model Series Entry #4 – Basic Research

01/16/2013

Research is something I hate.  I don’t know which is worse, a dental visit or doing research.  This is why I didn’t go to college.  But, I know; I want to protect my hard earned dollars and I need to get smart about Automated Teller [...]

Liquidity – What Does This Mean?

01/12/2013

In business, liquidity is defined as the period of time it takes to turn assets into cash.  It takes 20 minutes to turn the balance in the checking account into cash.  You head on down to the bank and present a check.  You get cash.  But most [...]

How to Find Investment Capital – The Vendor Connection

12/17/2012

All vendors look for avenues to expand their market share or maintain their market share.  Many times it is to their benefit to provide start-up capital to potential point of sale opportunities.  If they can assure themselves of a long term buyer [...]
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