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Topic: business costs

4 Best Practices for Managing Your Cashflow

Whether you’re a start-up business or a big corporation, you should always put cashflow at the forefront of your focus. Cashflow is the lifeblood of a business and it sustains operations, employees and your products. If a start-up went through a funding round and received $3 million in investment, they would need to tightly track […] ... Read More

  February 17, 2020     

Improve Your Financial Health with Better Inventory Control

There is a positive correlation between the quality of a company’s inventory control and its financial performance. Many financial ratios incorporate inventory values to measure aspects of a business’ financial health. For example: Inventory turnover ratio helps a business to plan and to more accurately forecast the cash necessary to reinvest i ... Read More

  February 5, 2019     

The Weighted Average Cost Method of Inventory Valuation

The weighted average cost method in accounting is one of three approaches of valuing your businesses inventory stock and determines the average cost of all inventory items based on the individual costs and the quantity of each item held in stock. Businesses use the weighted average to determine the amount that goes into the inventory […] ... Read More

  December 17, 2018     

Should Your Business Be Using the Weighted Average Cost Method?

The weighted average cost method is an accounting method that businesses use to value inventory. This method of valuing inventory involves proportional treatment of both the cost of goods sold (COGS) and the inventory item in stock at the time of valuation. This means that both are treated the same when it comes to determining […] ... Read More

  December 14, 2018     

How Does the Weighted Average Method Work?

There are a variety of ways to measure the value of your inventory. If you’re a business owner, you might look at different tactics to see what work best for you. This may include the last-in-first-out method, the first-in-first-out method or the weighted average method. Unleashed Software uses the weighted cost method. There are pluses [… ... Read More

  December 11, 2018     

5 Essential Business Costs Not to Skimp On

If you are a startup owner or entrepreneur, it is no secret that you may be working within a tight budget. The ability to make pennies stretch is an important survival skill. However, some of the most common money-saving strategies could end up being more detrimental to your business in the long run. What may […] ... Read More

  April 3, 2018     

Four Hidden Costs that are Easy to Neglect

Kicking goals in business is almost always more expensive than you think. Even with the best planning, there’s always going to be a hidden cost that you forgot to capture on your planning spreadsheet. Thinking of every hidden cost is nigh on impossible, and that’s okay – what’s important is that you consider the big […] ... Read More

  March 26, 2018     

Your Debtor Days are Numbered

Debtor days refer to the number of days customers are given to settle their accounts, and the choice on the length of this period is entirely up to each individual business. Before making such a choice however, it is essential to understand in full how this period affects your business and your own ability to […] ... Read More

  March 23, 2018     

Shaving Your Costs While Maintaining Quality

Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) is the cost associated with the manufacture of your inventory stock, which incorporates both the raw materials cost and the labour costs. For the business to profit, the cost of production needs to decrease as the sale price increases. However, reducing production cost cannot come at the expense of quality. […] ... Read More

  March 10, 2018     

6 Ways to Reduce Debtor Days

Debtor days measures how quickly cash is being collected from debtors. The longer it takes for a business to collect, the greater the number of debtor days. Or, in other words, when a customer makes a purchase from you, they will have a set amount of time to pay. All businesses have debtor days, and […] ... Read More

  March 10, 2018     

Cut Costs Without Cutting Corners

It is a well-known fact that start-up businesses usually tend to struggle with managing their finances, especially in the beginning. As an SME owner, it can be tempting to take shortcuts when cutting costs to free up your finances for other priorities. While it is often necessary to reduce expenditure as a start-up business, you […] ... Read More

  March 9, 2018     

Tips for a Strong Balance Sheet

Businesses with strong balance sheets are more likely to survive economic downturns and be ready to thrive when the going gets good again. The basic assumption is that a strong balance sheet entails simply having more assets than liabilities. However, business owners should be aware that a strong balance sheet goes beyond this; the best […] ... Read More

  March 8, 2018     

Plummeting Costs and Rising Profits: The Picture for SMEs

Cost-cutting in business goes hand in hand with saving money and turning a higher profit. However, it does not need to be something backhanded or feared as the term might imply. In reality, cost-cutting in business does not need to be all that dissimilar to what would be done in a home. Let us explore […] ... Read More

  March 8, 2018     

Five Effective Ways to Reduce Cost of Goods Sold

Cost of goods sold, also known as COGS, is one of the most important elements of your business to understand. COGS can be defined as: “The direct costs attributable to the production of the goods sold by a company. This amount includes the cost of the materials used in creating the good along with the […] ... Read More

  March 7, 2018     

Four Tips to Improve Your Business’ Balance Sheet

For many businesses, the income statement is the be all and end all. But if your business is geared for financial performance, it’s important that your business’ balance sheet is also healthy. Here are four helpful hints to tame your business’ balance sheet using inventory control. What is the balance sheet? Your business’ balance sheet [&h ... Read More

  March 6, 2018     

Cutting Costs on Your Cost of Goods

No matter what good a company is producing, the cost of the materials needed to produce that product directly impact profits. Cost of goods sold, otherwise known as COGS, is simply the costs of the products produced and sold, or purchased and sold again by a company. The cost of goods can include the cost […] ... Read More

  February 26, 2018     

Can You Cut These Business Costs for your SME?

Simple ways to identify which business costs to cut can be done just by looking around. Is your company ordering fresh flowers from a florist regularly? This is a cost you can simply eliminate, for example by providing a beautiful pot plant. What is the situation at break times? Is your company offering fresh coffee […] ... Read More

  February 20, 2018     

How Small Businesses Can Cut Costs

Small businesses often struggle to manage the costs of running a small business, often operating on a minuscule budget. However, there are in fact many small but effective changes that managers can make to cut operating costs dramatically. From managing utility bills to rethinking freebies offered in the lunch room, this articles summarises a few [ ... Read More

  February 13, 2018     

Strategically Cut Costs for Your Start-Up

Being an entrepreneur or starting your own small business can be a risky endeavour. The feelings of stability and security often felt when working for an established company, evaporate. Big budgets disappear and all of a sudden you are trying to start a business on a shoestring budget. However, in pursuit of dreams, it is […] ... Read More

  February 8, 2018     

Cutting the Fat: Streamlining Your SME

It seems 12 hour days, sleepless nights and no holidays are a rite of passage for a small business owner, however why should this despicable life be the status quo? It does not have to be, and with clever strategies to streamline the business, you can enjoy some beauty sleep again. Let us consider what […] ... Read More

  February 3, 2018     

Uncovering the Hidden Costs of Small Businesses

Setting out to start your own business is ambitious and exciting. With ideas and dreams fuelling motivation, it’s easy to get enthusiastic about your new found freedom. After all, there is so much potential a new endeavour can bring. In order for a small business to develop and prosper, it needs to have strong financial […] ... Read More

  January 29, 2018     

How To Reduce Costs For A Small Business

Reducing the costs in your Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) is a way to fast track business process improvement. Implementing the right cost reduction strategies and techniques can result in immediate savings and can affect long term profitability. It’s crucial to understand that reductions in costs can come in various ways. Evaluate your profit ... Read More

  December 5, 2017