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The Importance of Business Financial Analysis and Management

Planning and Control are the two most important ingredients to a Successful Business. A Business Plan takes most of the guess work out of Business Strategy and Control through solid Financial analysis. Financial Data provides a way to gauge where you are in your Strategic Plan, telling you where changes in your Plan are necessary. Because of this, Financial Data Analysis and Management are vitally important to running a successful business.

It is extremely important to have a suitable Accounting System installed throughout your business so data acquisition is easy. You cannot manage your Business for Profitability without a good Accounting System. My CPA has a bookkeeper who comes out to the business to help install the Accounting System and show us how to work it. All of this is done with the guidance of the CPA but at a fraction of the cost. A good Bookkeeper is invaluable in helping capture Financial Data. Having an established working Accounting System in place will minimize the fees a CPA charges to analyze your tax liability and prepare your tax returns.

An Accounting System is typically built around the following key Financial Management tools:

– Income Statement (Profit & Loss Statement)

– Cash Flow Statement

– Balance Sheet

– Budget

– Breakeven Analysis

By having a Financial Management system in place, you can easily identify early warning signs or spot particularly profitable areas. Not having a system in place to analyze and organize Financial Data makes it impossible to effectively manage, grow and control a business. It makes it impossible to gauge the success (or lack there-of) of your Planning and Strategy. Moreover, used incorrectly, inaccurate Financial Data can be disastrous for a company’s livelihood.

An Accounting and Financial Management System is only as useful as it is used systematically throughout an entire business. It is extremely important to implement the system into the very fabric of the business and be used systematically. The Accounting System is a reflection of the health, or lack thereof, of a business and from which business decisions are made. Make sure to set it up right, train your people on it and most importantly, use it!

Two principal objectives of any business are to be Profitable and have Cash Flow to pay obligations. The Income Statement and Cash Flow Statement figure prominently in this area. The Income Statement represents how well a Company is operating, and the Cash Flow Statement shows how well a business is managing its Cash. Profit or Loss on one side and Liquidity on the other.

The trick is to find a good balance between Profits and Liquidity, which when not well planned for, can be very difficult to maintain. Fast Growth with high profits can drain the liquidity of a business, so being Profitable is no guarantee you’ll stay in business. The role of the existing and projected Cash Flow and Income Statement is to help you identify problems areas so you can effectively plan for them, such as raising more …

Identity Theft – 5 Ways to Protect Your Identity

The information age has brought numerous innovations and advancements to our daily routine. Cell phones, computers, and the Internet have made many of life’s challenges easier and more accessible. However, just like every other moment in our collective history, new advancements offer opportunity for those who seek to harm you or steal from you to get at your money or your most private possessions, in this case, your identity.

So what is identity theft? Identity theft is the process of someone using an identity that is not their own for any type of service, transaction, or notification. Sounds fancy huh? Let’s break it down. If someone pretends to be you in order to buy, sell, claim, announce, advertise, promote, or steal then they are committing identity theft. Identity theft is more than just someone who stole your password to your Yahoo e-mail; it is a frustrating experience that often leaves the victims feeling hopeless and clueless on how to regain their identity, not to mention how to protect their assets. They can use your identity to open up a phone account in your name, defame another individual, or the dreaded credit card account in your name.

Let’s be clear here, identity theft is NOT a product of the information age, rather it has been accelerated because of the information age. Also, identity theft has proven successful for the scam artists out there. If stealing people’s identity wasn’t working for scam artists, then it would have faded away like other social fads. You must be proactive in protecting your identity, and if you find out that you have become a victim of identity theft, you must be prepared to fight long and hard to clean up and restore your good name. Don’t think identity theft is real enough for you to be worried about it? Consider this, 1 out of every 20 people is a victim of identity theft. Here are 5 proven tips that can help you fight off identity theft.

1) Dumpster diving – Identity thieves will often get your personal information by going through trash and other disposed items. It is probably one of the most common and easiest ways for identity thieves to steal your information. However, this threat can be eliminated with a little bit of due diligence. Buy yourself a paper shredder, and shred any documents you get in the mail that have any personal information on it. This includes your name and address. If you are internet savvy, you can stop financial statements from being delivered via the mail, like bank statements and utility bills. Check your mail regularly each day and send financial mail via the post office directly or drop off boxes, not from your mailbox. In other words, don’t put checks in the mail using your mailbox, scammers have been known to drive around and collect these personal identification items. Also, if you all of a sudden begin receiving no mail for several days in a row, you may have had …

Short Term Investing – The Pros and Cons

When it comes to short term investing, it is important that you make the most money possible. Gaining a profit on your investment will not only provide you with needed money, but it will also make it possible for you to continue to invest in the short term as well as maybe in long term in the near future. There are so many pros and a few cons to investing in short term. It is important that you realize all of them before you invest so that you can have the largest profit margin available.

With short term investing, you will be able to see the profit almost immediately. You do not have to have your money out of your hands for very long so this means that if your invest fails, than you can move on to something new without having to wait in agony. This type of investing will provide higher profits while adding an increased risk factor. If you invest properly, you could see profits that are not just 6 or 7 percent of an increase but 30, 40, and even 75 percent of an increase. This is not over a longer period of time either. You will be able to count on this return every day you are invested.

You can count on your money being safe in many ways while short term investing. You can be conservative in your investing as well as have the opportunity to pull your money out. Short term investments can be looked at like a savings account for when you need it the most such as buying a car putting a down payment on a house. If you invest wisely, you will more than likely be able to profit from your investment. However, keep in mind that like any investing options, the risky you are, the more likely you are to lose your money or make a substantial profit.

With short term investing you will be able to see if your choice was a good one and then move on in the market. This allows you to learn the market, get into with a small amount of money and make adjustments as you go. Bonds, stocks, money markets, penny stocks and treasury notes are all options to look into. Overall, investing can be risky, but if you play wisely, you will more than likely be able to create a profit for yourself without risking too much of your personal money. For more information on investing in investment opportunities usually or normally not found in the marketplace, click here!…

Making Money on the Internet Means Mastering Internet Relationships

Are you intent on making money on the Internet? You're not alone. Every day, 175,000 people look for ways to use the Internet to achieve their dreams of working from home. In one sense, that's very good news. It is further proof that working from home is a viable alternative to the Rat Race. On the other hand, it means you've got a lot of work ahead of you if you'd like to stand out from the crowd and achieve a following. It means you can not just slap up some links or hold out a webpage and hope to be successful.

These days, people are looking for connection. They want to know the people they're doing business with. They want to know that they can trust you. They want to like you. They want to know what you're about and they want to feel like you know what they are about. They want to feel like you care about them and their needs.

Social media marketing can help with this, but using social media is only the first step. Here are some other things you can do to help forge relationships on the Internet.

Use Your Photograph. Do not use a logo. Use a clear face shot with you smiling. Make sure you're wearing something appropriate. A photo with you and your spouse or your kids is okay, except that social media photographs are very small and the more people you crowd into one of them the less probably it is that people will be able to see your face. When you use your own face you remove much of the fear that you're not who you say you are. Most scammers and spammers hide behind false names and do not want to go giving their photograph out. Showing yourself for who and what you are can go a long way towards removing the "walls" people put up when potential sales are about to happen.

Use Video. Video can be scary, especially if we do not like the way we look or sound on camera. But video conveys some immense advantages. Number one, it goes even further further ensuring that people know they're dealing with someone real. People will forgive your wrinkles, your high pitched voice, and the spare tire around your waist if you are likeable, delivering good information, and above all, real. Pictures, after all, can be faked too. Sometimes people just use stock photos. But video is harder to fake in that fashion. Beside, we are a television generation, conditioned to believe anyone we see in any kind of video or television-style clip is automatically more important or trustworthy. Video conveys a psychological edge as well as a content edge.

Stay Responsive. If people e-mail you or message you, then you should always take the time out to respond to them. Otherwise they will feel as though you are ignoring them in a very response-oriented forum. Once they develop that feeling, they will decide you were …

What’s the Best Way to Make Money at the Dog Track?

Success at the dog track is measured by how much money you make. It’s as simple as that. If you walk out with less money than you walked in with, you have a problem. If you walk out with more money than you walked in with, on a regular basis, you’re a winner. Of course, we all have our losing days, but you need more winning days than losing ones.

So, what’s the best way to make sure that your bankroll grows rather than shrinks? While there are a lot of different ways to handicap greyhounds, I think that there’s only one way for most people to get to where they can make money at the track almost every time they go. You do it by starting small and building up to making bigger bets.

Your instinct might be to make big, complicated bets – wheeling and keying dogs in trifectas and superfectas. Unless you have very deep pockets, phenomenal luck and fantastic handicapping skills, you’ll lose your shirt. Instead, here’s the best way to win money and keep more of it at the dog track.

Start with win bets. Find the best dog in a race and bet it to win. Use a good handicapping system and don’t bet too many bets on a program. Betting every race is the quickest way I know to empty your pockets and get discouraged. However, DO handicap every race. Play the ones you’re surest of and just watch the rest and see if your pick wins.

No one can pick a winner in every race, I don’t care how good they are at picking dogs. On a program with 10 races, the average beginner should bet no more than 3-4 dogs. Do that until you’re hitting enough so that you’re ahead on almost every program. It’s very important to keep good, written records of your picks. No changing your mind after the race because you would have picked a dog. Be honest with yourself and keep track of your wins.

When you get to where you’re picking enough winners to make a profit on them on a regular basis, increase the amount of your win bets. That’s all there is to making a consistent profit at the track. Once you’ve mastered this, you can go on to quinielas, trifectas and even superfectas. But until you develop your handicapping skills, stick with small win bets on a few races. It’s very hard to do, but worth it in the long run.…

How to Make Money Online – Where to Start?

Have you decided that there must be easier ways to make money than working day in, day out, 5 or 6 days a week? You typed in "How to make money online", or "Ways to make money on the internet".

Google gives you hundreds of pages with article websites, dedicated websites to making money and hundreds of ads on the side, promising to make you $ 100,000.00 in one month. There is almost too much information out there. AHHH where do you start?

After much searching and looking and trying different methods, I have decided that the best way to begin making money online is by affiliate marketing. This involves finding products people are selling, promoting them and receiving a commission on the sale. This way you do not need to handle stock or have expensive overheads, and yet make sure a lot of money.

Affiliate marketing can still be quite confusing and if you are not careful, you can spend hundreds of dollars without making a thing. To get your head around the basics of how to be successful, and put your efforts into the right areas, I would recommend investing in a course which steps you through how to start, what to do first, what to do next etc. A big bonus of doing this will be that they tell you the things to avoid, and how to stop wasting money on advertising which will not make you money. I wasted a lot of time and money when I began, trying to work it out myself.

Ok, so we have decided to do affiliate marketing, and now we will pay some money to learn how to do it, which one do you buy? A search on Google will give us another huge list of sites promoting to make us thousands in a day, or hundreds of thousands in six months. Which one do you choose to help you make money online?

Here are some pointers to look for when you visit these websites, which will hopefully help you to make a good choice when deciding on an affiliate marketing course.

1. Have they put their face to their website? – A site which offers a training package should at the very least prove that they are a real person, not someone trying to grab your money.
2. Are they charging a once off, or a monthly fee? – A course on how to make money online should only charge once for just providing information. If they are also providing another service, then it may still be worthwhile. There are programs out there which will provide product finding, keyword tracking, website hosting and results tracking as well as training.
3. Some training providers will offer bonuses and free information for joining. – This at least shows that they have information and are willing to give something, not just take.
4. Have other people used it and been happy? – Testimonials show that someone has used the training and been …

Grading President Obama’s Job Speech – What He Said Vs. What He Should Have Said

Last week the nation tuned into President’s Obama’s much hyped job creation speech to see if there would be any worthy ideas to try and break the constant high unemployment rate int he country. Would he be bold and innovative or would it be the same basic, tired political tactics that have been tried and have usually failed to live up to expectations?

The following discussion will compare what the President should have said and what he actually said. Unfortunately, the bottom line is that from a boldness, innovation, and courage perspective, the President came up well short of the goal line.

1) Infrastructure

As expected, the President did state that he wanted money and funding for infrastructure jobs to fix roads, bridges, dams, schools, etc. that were in need of repair, something many Americans expected and were supportive of. However, the President’s proposal came up short in two areas.

First, infrastructure spending and work done via the economic stimulus bill was woefully inefficient. According to various Associated Press investigations, thousands and thousands of government contracts were granted without competitive bidding. Half of the bridges that were repaired under the stimulus program were not in need of repairs. Powerful individual politicians in Congress snatched their share of the stimulus money and directed it to their voters regardless of whether of not the spending was actually fixing a real problem.

Millions of dollars from the stimulus plan were granted to companies that owed hundreds of millions of dollars in back taxes. No where in the President’s jobs speech do we get firm assurances that these atrocities have been recognized and will not happen again. He states that the money will be properly spent but we were promised that in the economic stimulus bill. The only way to insure that this potential pot of money is well spent is to give the decision on what projects are done to the states via a block grant of money, taking Congress out of the decision process altogether.

Second, the President does not show any detail on how to pay for this increment Federal spending. He says he will unveil a plan within a week or so. Thus, his performance on this topic is an incomplete. He gave no indication of specifics like reducing the Federal payroll back to 2008 levels, terminating unwanted and unneeded military projects such as the Osprey, terminating corporate welfare programs, ending agriculture subsidies, and directing high speed rail line funding to shorter term infrastructure needs.

Grade: Incomplete given the unnamed ways to fund this infrastructure spending that will be forth coming. However, worries about whether this will be another waste of money spent on things that do not need to be fixed, given the economic stimulus program, and the fact that the President has not taken Congress out of the decision making loop, continue to exist.

2) Obama Care

According to many credible opinion polls, the majority of Americans realize that Obama Care is an unfolding disaster. It will screw …

How Malware Works

Malware is a software that is made specifically to damage or disable computers and computer systems. Its name is actually derived from the term malicious software and it seeks to gain access to the computer without the owner knowing anything about it. The owner may not know how or when it got into the computer, but they will find out it did when the computer starts acting up, running slowly or there is a big jump in the amount of ads that appear.

Malware comes in many forms. It can take the shape of spyware, keyloggers, worms or viruses, but they all do the same thing to a computer: they mess with the operating system and gain access to your information, which can lead to identity theft.

Malware started off as an experiment or a big joke but now can garner big money for those criminals who impose it on unsuspecting computer users. They can make money by the forced adware that we have to endure, they can steal our bank codes and passwords to gain access to our accounts and they can track our internet browsing history and spread email spam to everyone in our address book. There is malware everywhere, and we usually download it unintentionally with other programs that we really want on our computer. It piggy backs on with the good stuff and embeds itself into our operating system and there it stays inflicting its wrath until we figure out how to get rid of it.

So how do you get rid of malware? The best cure is preventing it from entering your computer in the first place. This means being ultra careful what files you download from the internet and reading all of the user information before hitting the download button. Another great way to prevent malware is by using a good security system and adding a service like Malwarebytes to your computer that will scan for these viruses each day which makes removal that more effective. Taking advantages of the updates that pop up from trusted sources is also a great way to defend against malware as they up the security and technology for the system itself.

It all else fails, take your computer to your trusted computer repair shop where they will have the know how to rid your computer of the pesky malware that is making your life and your computer miserable.…

Make Money Online For Free – 3 Easy Steps to Using the Power of Rapport

The single easiest way to make money online for free (assuming you have a product or service to sell) is to harness the massive power of rapport. Simply put, rapport is the art of relationship building. Make no mistake about it, it is powerful and lasting. And the best part of all is that it does not cost you a dime to implement!

In the real world, you would establish rapport with someone by smiling, making eye contact and calling them by their name. The more naturally you can do these things, the more people will be irresistibly drawn to you. Do not believe me? Give it a try for a while and you'll be convinced.

Online however, you do not always get the benefit of face to face communication, so it's necessary to build rapport a little differently. So, to build rapport just follow these 3 easy steps:

STEP 1: Use your prospect's name.

Even though you can not smile or make eye contact, you can still use a prospect's name. You can see this in action every time you see an opt-in form that requests for your email as well as your name. There is a reason most of them ask for your name. It's because it's an extremely effective rapport builder.

STEP 2: YOU, YOU, YOU instead of ME, ME, ME!

In all of your writing, remember to write in a conversational tone. This means to limit your usage of words like "I, me, my, mine …" Instead, try to structure your sentences to use "you and your" as often as possible. This gives your prospect the feeling of being in a conversation with you. You should aim to use "you" words at least 7 times as much as "I" words in your online communication. This is a big rapport builder. It builds trust, and trust is a necessary ingredient if you want to make money online for free.

STEP 3: Tell Stories

I remember reading about a guy who struggled to make any money at all online until he learned this simple concept. He realized that as he began to tell more and more stories in his writing, his relationships (rapport) with his readers grow stronger and stronger. Not only that, he began to experience a tremendous growth in his income as well. Everyone is touched by stories, so the better you become at meshing stories with your marketing message, the better your results will be.

This last technique is so effective that in some circles it is referred to as "story-selling". That should give you some indication of the ability of story telling to make money online for free.

In summary, make sure to use these 3 easy rapport building techniques if you really want to make money online for free. They just might be more powerful than anything you can buy to promote your business.

1. Use your prospect's name.

2. Use "You" instead of "Me".

3. Tell stories. …

Are Affordable SEO Services A Safe Option to Grow Your Business Online?

SEO is a long term collection of services which are used to boost your brand and ensure you are seen by the top search engines and your clients. It helps you move up the ranking in search results using a variety of methods from keywords to links. The problem is that many companies try and manage this on their own and it is a full time job that requires ongoing monitoring and amending to ensure that you are not compromised and drop in ranking at any time.

Can you afford it? This is the question on all companies lips, but the good news is that good quality SEO services can be affordable and they do not need to break the bank. That being said, as long as you feel confident with the internet marketing specialist you have chosen, then price will not be a factor at all. Most of the top SEO companies will provide you with competitive rates that you can manage into your marketing budget.

Even if you find affordable SEO services, you will want to ensure you are receiving the best quality service. The company you choose should have extensive industry experience of a minimum of ten years. They should provide a host of internet marketing solutions to assist you in achieving your online marketing goals.

They should have passion and this should shine through in the design of their website, the services they provide and how they treat their clients. A good sign is to identify the type of companies they have worked with. Maybe even go through some of their past work to identify if you feel they are passionate enough to push your brand forward in the future.

Any SEO services provider you choose offering affordable prices should have an outstanding track record. You mustn’t be shy to ask them about this and they should be more than happy to show you their statistics. You should be able to see the increase in their clients ranking over tie. Remember search engine optimization doesn’t provide overnight success, it is a long term project that will provide you with brand visibility, increased customer base and improved online revenue moving forward.

In addition to this, they should have a decent sized customer base. Don’t be put off when you hear an affordable SEO service provider has more than three hundred active customers. This should be a feather in their cap. There is a good reason why they have this many customers to start with. You can ask them about their own team size and how they manage the demand to ensure you receive the level of service that you deserve and expect.

Further, you will want to identify their customer retention rate. Another very important thing to take note of when making use of affordable SEO service providers. Ideally the company should have a very high customer retention rate of ninety nine, if not one hundred percent. This means that they are providing all those hundreds of …