19/11/2019 Finance makes the world a new place

Five Common Reasons Why Businesses Struggle

If your business is going through a difficult time, then you may be considering your options. To help assess your own situation, here are five common reasons why companies struggle…

1. STARTING A BUSINESS FOR THE WRONG REASONS Many people launch a business to try and earn more money or to give themselves a greater work/life balance, which means they often find it difficult when things pan out the way they do. Better reasons for starting a business include a genuine passion for the sector, because you thrive on independence and you have the determination and patience to succeed.

2. BAD MANAGEMENT Research has shown that the biggest reason why companies fail is down to how they are run. Experience is essential, but so it expertise. Both can be difficult attributes to obtain, but together they can give a business the best chances for success. Someone who is a strong leader and can remain fully-focused on the business, never missing opportunities and always looking to the company’s future will be well-placed to achieve success.

3. NOT ENOUGH CASH FLOW No matter what the size of your company, cash flow remains one of the biggest reasons why companies struggle and fail. While planning will help, if you find yourself without a good cash flow, then you may be forced to take action. Factoring and Invoice Discounting could be the right solution to help you avoid liquidity problems.

4. IN THE WRONG LOCATION Many companies get this wrong and never really understand why their company struggled. You need to find a location that’s convenient for your client base, well-suited to your industry (ie, if clients like to drive to meetings, you’re going to need free parking and meeting rooms), and not next door to a business that will overpower you …

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From Record Keepers to Strategic Advisors

Opportunities for finance

The finance department sits at the heart of any organization. Part of its job is to collect, disseminate and analyze financial and non-financial information – a somewhat time-consuming and laborious process. Finance can therefore be a powerful agent of organizational change. It can use the information that it collects to assist decision-making, achieve objectives, and avoid problems.

However, a lot of finance departments are spending too much time and effort creating financial documentation, and not enough time analyzing their data. This is where Business Intelligence comes to the rescue. Adopting BI practices frees the finance team from manual data collection and report production so that it can engage in more value-added activities.

BI tools can assist with the creation of a data warehousing environment that contains all the data that the finance department needs, with the appropriate rules and calculations already applied. They will also provide reporting, analysis, dashboard, and planning tools that access the data warehouse sources, as well as empower finance users to explore data on their own without help from their colleagues in IT. Once a solid BI infrastructure is in place, the finance department can spend 80% of its time analyzing data instead of collecting it (Wayne Eckerson, 2010).

Imagine a future

– where the CEO calls a meeting and everyone agrees on revenue, profit, and cost numbers, and decisions are made based on facts, not gut feel, tradition, or arm twisting.

– where a CFO checks the company’s overall profit and loss position daily and, with a few clicks, views the contributions of every region, group, and product line, and then drills down to view individual orders and expenditures at a product, customer, or supplier level.

– where a controller can automate the standardization of financial transactions across a global …

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