Up and to the Right | 2016 Week 50 | The Secret Life of Ratios

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 What are Financial Ratios? Can they be used to run a small business or are they only for big companies and stock traders?In the 2016 Week 50 episode of Up and to the Right we’ll learn the Secret Life of Ratios and how they can be used to operate and improve your small business.The tool this week is a ratio analysis calculator. All you have to do is download it from beyond50percent.com/2016w50 and enter 12 values from your own financial statements. Ratio analysis just got easy!In the Reading Room this week I’m recommending The Dip by Seth Godin. Push through the tough times and know when to quit when you’re going in a direction that doesn’t lead where you want to go.

A Fistfull of Styli… Styluses… whatever!

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I still have my 1st generation iPad. Oh the times we’ve had. In truth, it almost never came together for iPad 1 and I but that’s another story. From the beginning I’ve been following the pied piper of writing on a digital tablet – the reality of it hasn’t happened for me but I thought I’d share my stylus journey and hopefully a bit of insight about my obsession to achieve the feel of writing on my tablet. Why write on a tablet anyway? What kind of result am I trying to achieve? 4 reasons I want to write notes on my tablet and the most important thing I learned on the journey so far.

Up and to the Right | 2016 Week 49 | Statement of Cash Flows

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Cash is king as they say and the Statement of Cash Flows is a key report that bridges the gap between the Balance Sheet and the Income statement.In this episode of Up and to the Right I’ll discuss how to get the most out of the Statement of Cash Flows without investing hours of time or going to night school to understand the accounting behind it.I’ve provided some examples of both the entries on this report and the calculations used to arrive at the numbers. The point; however, is to understand that the Statement of Cash Flows is the best indicator of how cash works its way through your business.

Up and to the Right | 2016 Week 48 | Effortless Income Statements

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The Income Statement (or Profit & Loss Statement as it is also known) is probably the most widely used and reviewed financial report. There are good reasons for this and, while the Income Statement can’t entirely describe the health of your small business, it can provide valuable insight into critical areas that can make a tremendous difference in the performance and success of your entrepreneurial endeavors.In this episode of Up and to the Right I’ll discuss how to get the most out of the Income Statement without investing hours of time or going to night school to understand the accounting behind it.