2016 is in the books and a new year starts. Many of the clients I start working with are so busy working IN the business, they don’t take a step back and work ON the business. Have you had the experience in your business where you can’t see the forest through the trees? Here’s a cheat sheet of questions to focus on and ask yourself how you’re doing. To work “on” the business the cheat sheet covers 4 areas:
Have you ever had the experience cruising down the Interstate, you put on your turn signal and start to changes lanes, suddenly you hear a loud horn and swerve back in to your lane to avoid an accident. You had a car in your blind spot. Thankfully, you were able to avoid a collision.
I’m a big believer in managing your business using your balance sheet first, then your income statement. However, simplifying that by using KPI’s (key performance indicators) can help you get a quick view of your financial landscape and determine your financial health at a glance. Here’s 5 KPI’s that every business owner should use. These are in no particular order, but they cover profitability, liquidity and leverage.