SMART goals

How to achieve more by setting SMART goals

 

Have you heard of SMART goals, but you’ve never used an organised and effective method for setting objectives? We’ll explain the advantages of SMART goals, how to use the technique for your personal and business goals and what to watch out for with this method. Because, like all...

 

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)?

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) explained

 

Neuro-linguistic programming, NLP for short, is a collection of tools and models designed to facilitate and strengthen communication in various areas of life and work. The goal is to better understand oneself and others, and to make positive changes. We will tell you exactly what...

 

Cost of sales method

The cost of sales procedure in the context of profits and losses.

 

The profit and loss account (P&L) is also called an income statement. All general ledger accounts are summed up with expenses subtracted from the income to leave a profit or loss amount for the period, which is usually one financial year. Daily operating expenses are summarised...

 

Skype Interview

Skype Interview Tips: How to Prepare for a Skype Interview

 

A Skype interview can be a perfect solution in a world of work that’s increasingly benefiting from employee mobility. However, it’s important that no personal habits sneak their way into a Skype interview with a future employer. If you consider all the technical and formal...

 

Setting up an online store: The basics

E-commerce: the basics

 

If you’re planning to set up an online store, you have a lot to consider. Amongst other things, your checklist will include applying for a business license, developing a concept, and calculating your finances. But don’t despair! A host of e-commerce programs and optimisation...

 

Double-entry accounting, explained simply and briefly

Double-entry accounting simply explained

 

Double-entry accounting or double-entry bookkeeping is an essential part of the accounting system. Lots of entrepreneurs have a hard time with bookkeeping, when in fact it should be a boon and provide a detailed overview of your finances. Double-entry accounting isn’t an...

 

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding

 

Crowdfunding is a way of raising funds for a project using an online campaign. It’s a popular way of financing, especially for private individuals and startups. Usually private individuals are addressed directly. Four main crowdfunding models have been established, which differ...

 

Estimate: cost and liability

Car workshops, construction companies, and insurance agents are rarely commissioned without research. Instead, the first step is to obtain a cost estimate that gives a detailed breakdown of the expected cost items and therefore provides a basis for budget calculations and price comparisons. However, it is unclear to many customers that even the most accurate cost estimate does not rule out...

Spiral model: the risk-driven software development process model

If you want to develop software, you first need a suitable concept for the development process. For larger projects in which the evaluation of possible risks and potential costs plays a decisive role, the spiral model is ideally suited. In this article, you can find out exactly what is behind this process model and how it works.

Assets and liabilities: What are they?

What are assets and liabilities? These technical terms from business accounting refer to the left or right side of a balance sheet. A simplified definition: The assets on the left provide information on the use of the company’s funds, while the liabilities on the right show their origin. In the balance sheet, assets and liabilities are broken down into sub-groups, which we will explain in more...

EBITDA: How to calculate this key figure

To correctly evaluate a company, and to be able to compare it with others, you require appropriate key figures. However, the profit at the end of the year is not the right choice for all situations. Business economists often use other comparison values. The EBITDA value emerges again and again in this context. But: what is EBITDA?

EBITDA margin: This is how easy it is to calculate the value

You rely on meaningful figures for running your company. The EBITDA margin gives you a powerful tool for measuring the profitability of your company in its day-to-day business operations so you can make corrections if required. You can ignore items which are not significant for the result of your company operations. We explain how to calculate the EBITDA margin.

Writing a business plan: here’s how to plan your venture

Before a business idea can be implemented, it is necessary to create a business plan. This serves as the founder’s roadmap, and summarises all necessary information about planning and finances. However, the business plan is also highly relevant for investors as well as potential financial and funding institutions, since it is a decision-making factor for loans and grants. Due to its importance and...

Invoice numbers: What to pay attention to

Numbering your invoices follows a certain set of requirements under U.K. law, and is also a helpful tool for managing your business and tracking your transaction history. Utiliszing a good invoice numbering system makes it easier to locate invoices for future referencing, and can come in handy when accessing sale records for customer service purposes. Following a structured invoice numbering...

General partnerships: freedom and risks for merchants

Trying to start a business with limited capital? The general partnership can make it happen. The general partnership structure is a good opportunity for company founders to bring their business dreams to life by finally starting their company. According to the definition, general partners share everything: the management, profits, and losses. What exactly is a general partnership, and when is it...

Bookkeeping software: how does an online accountancy programme work?

An accounting program helps you to organize and analyze your invoices and cost centers, VAT, and other areas of accounting. Cloud-based accounting software is particularly popular for small business owners, since it can offer more, due to the internet connection. Many entrepreneurs and self-employed people have time restraints, so that working with the support of an accountancy program can be an...

The patent: protecting valuable ideas

Humans are always producing inventions in the hope of making life easier. If you invent something new, you can apply for a patent. Patent laws are there to protect the inventor’s work since the patent is by definition a property right. But what exactly is a patent, what is its history, and how do you file one?


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