Month: November 2014

Substitution Principle in Business

Substitution Principle in Business

There are a multitude of principles used in business, some are industry specific, others are functions of business.  But there is one that is a general principle that is used across the board in all areas of business.  It is called the ‘Substitution Principle’.  It works just like the substitution principle in math that we all learned about in algebra. 

People, Process & Product – The Profit

The Profit

Marcus Lemonis is the star of a TV series show called ‘The Profit’.  He helps failing business turn around and become successful operations by fixing the three core elements of every business.  He refers to these elements as the 3 P’s: People, Process and Product.  It is an interesting show as it falls into the same arena as this website.

Real Estate Agent – Drawbacks and Delusions

Real Estate Agent

The highest prized benefit of owning your own business is independence.  You rely on your skills and have to report to no one but yourself.  This is the allure of becoming a real estate agent.  Imagine, making a lot of money and working when you want to work.  Very appealing to just about anyone, wouldn’t you say?  Well, it is all hogwash! 

Tax Basis of Accounting – Accrual or Cash

Tax Basis of Accounting

This is the most often asked question by all new businesses.  Should I be on the cash or accrual basis of accounting for tax purposes?  The common layman would always answer ‘CASH BASIS’ for tax purposes.  They say this because they understand that you only pay the tax on the cash that you keep.   But for us tax preparers and authorities on this subject, the answer is ‘IT DEPENDS’.

Tangible and Intangible – Business Definitions and Use

Tangible and Intangible Meaning

Tangible and intangible are terms with several different meanings.  A lot of well educated folks have a difficult time providing an all inclusive definition.  Someone once described tangible as ‘something that can be burned’.  Well, land is tangible and yet, you can’t burn it.  Actually, in Boy Scouts, we teach the boys to use dirt to put out fires!  But the best overall definition for these terms that I heard was a synonymous statement made by a Supreme Court Justice when trying to define pornography in relation to art.  He said something along the line of ‘I don’t have a definition, but I just know it when I see it’.  Basically the gray area for the definition is vast.  This is true for these two terms because there are various levels of definitions related to their respective use.  

There is the classic college textbook definition.  It is straight forward, but it doesn’t really begin to get involved in the gray area definitions.  Then there is the more extended definition as used in accounting and customarily in the traditional business setting.  Really getting into higher thinking and use of the terms comes into play when discussing value.  Finally, there is the relationship to each other with regards to economics and the evolving concept of wealth.  They are similar to the theory of the Yin and the Yang of life itself.  

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