Love him or hate him, you must admit that Vito Corleone, head of the fictional New York crime family in the film The Godfather, adeptly built a thriving “business.” Nefarious goals and bloody outcomes aside, what can we learn from him about effective business operations?
1. Branding is in the details. The Godfather without strong branding would have been nothing more than a petty criminal with an annoying voice. Instead, he built a rock solid brand, a reputation that was paramount to his success. No detail went unnoticed in establishing his powerful presence, from his dark attire, to the mood lighting in his office, to the theatrical application of that gravelly mumble. In today’s business environment, branding is the difference between being remembered and getting lost in the fray. A successful brand should be carefully crafted and bolstered with attention to detail similar to Corleone’s, including staff selection, wardrobe choices, even the font in your emails.
By Keith Tully
When it comes to proper budgeting and accounting, what most people tend to overlook is the prevention and preparation aspect. Without adequate planning, all the right data in the world won’t help once your bank account is over drafted all thanks to a simple oversight. Keep these five easy tips in mind for maintaining a healthy company bank account balance and eliminate the risk of potential company cash flow problems in the future.
By Keith Tully
In some situations a bit of creativity will be needed to facilitate a turnaround and get your company back to operating in a profitable manner. However, more often than not you won’t need to be an innovator to save your business, you’ll just need to consider some of the commonly overlooked recovery and restructuring options that are applicable and readily available:
1. Using Assets as Leverage to Obtain Financing
Even if you have poor credit you may be able to obtain financial assistance by using some of your assets (i.e. – equipment, inventory, real estate, etc.) as collateral in obtaining approval for a secured loan. However if you were to default on such an agreement then the lender would potentially have the right to seize the assets you used as a security, so keep that in mind before you put your home on the line.
Due to the hardships between 2007 and 2010, the banking industry has gone through a number of changes designed to get through the recession. With the economy finally regaining strength and stability, small business owners looking to realize their dreams or expand their horizons are understandably curious about how the banking industry will affect them. The good news is that solid ideas with a strong target audience are still in good standing.
Available Credit Sees Ups and Downs
Because of the recession, most banks felt the need to create a number of newer, stricter regulations, especially involving credit. Up to 2010, little credit was available as banks worked to make sure they could cover their own liabilities. In the intervening years, however, the economy has slowly but steadily become stronger.
The increasing bankruptcies or dissolution among small businesses has mirrored the decreasing confidence of small entrepreneurs have had in the already sluggish economy. Since the start of recession, securing funding for a small business is more difficult than ever. One example is getting credit to start a business venture. Since lenders and investors know the fact that small businesses are more prone to risks, they are getting wiser and stricter on who will be eligible to lend credit. This leads small business owners to pursue alternative funding options and other sources of funding that are often overlooked but might prove to be the start of smooth sailings for a business.
While big business may have access to bank lines of credit and even government bailouts, small businesses usually don’t have the same financing resources. When an emergency strikes and you need cash, you need to understand how to finance your business through a rough period.
Emergencies may include major equipment failures, serious cash flow shortages due to customer defaults, unexpected lawsuits, tax liabilities, or a myriad of other situations. Regardless of the cause, you need to find cash fast to rectify any situation that threatens the stability of your business. Following are some creative methods to get financing quickly.
As a small business owner, many responsibilities fall on your shoulders. And, as time is money, you probably multi-task to increase your efficiency whenever possible – such as when running errands and making purchases.
There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of multi-tasking to increase efficiency. But there’s one practice you’ll want to avoid – using your personal credit card for business expenses. Many professionals have done this at one time or another, so it probably seems like there’s nothing wrong with this practice but there are four clear advantages to keeping your personal and professional purchases separate. Continue reading
With so much information out there about small business banking, understanding the ins and outs of your business finances can be a headache at first. Adopting good banking practices in the first stages of your business can mean the difference between success and ending up wrapped in debt.
Business banking differs slightly from personal banking, so it is important you have a strong understanding of your financing options and how to keep track of your spending and investments. Continue reading
Today’s credit market has become a water-tight financial area where there is no room for delinquency, even for a penny. Creditors take to arms if they find a single default in the monthly payments and go all out to seize every last cent these borrowers may have. As a result, entrepreneurs both big and small are struggling to make monthly loan payments for their start-ups while simultaneously keeping their business above water so that they don’t have to declare bankruptcy.
This is the time for entrepreneurs to begin revisiting their business strategy and customize their daily activities to suit their requirements in order to stay afloat financially. Entrepreneurs should be at the forefront of these developments and lead others to the right direction by actively engaging in the following six things: Continue reading
Small business leaders wear many hats. They do it all — from high-level strategy to opening the mail and taking out the trash. They’re accustomed to being producers and getting things done and done well is all within their nature.
Unfortunately, this spirit of self-reliance can be a major obstacle when it comes to building and managing a team. When you’re used to single-handedly running the ship, it can be difficult to relinquish control to your crew members. But doing so is often the key to taking your business to the next level. Continue reading