Supply and demand

Supply and demand – how they control the market

Supply and demand determine pricing in a free market. Demand has an influence on supply and vice versa. With no demand, any supply is redundant, and with no supply, demand is ineffective. When they are in equilibrium, prices remain stable and goods are affordable. But how exactly does the law of supply and demand work?

ABC analysis

ABC analysis: a method for business planning

ABC analysis identifies which goods or customers generate the most revenue. It assigns individual items to specific categories based on how much they contribute to the total value. This makes it easy to determine which items are very important and should be prioritized (category A) and which only contribute a small amount to the total value (category C).

What is EBITDA?

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

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.

Retention periods for business records

Statutory retention periods for business records

Which business documents are subject to retention? Who is obligated to store them? 2 years, 6 years, 10 years: How long is long enough? The requirements for retaining commercial documents and their relevance to tax law can be confusing. We will guide you through the process and show you what needs to be kept by whom and for how long, as well as how to properly store business documents.

Records management

Records management: what does it entail?

Many U.S. companies must comply with records management or face hefty penalties. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act was passed in 2002 to crack down on corporate fraud and to regulate accounting in companies. Read on for more information about the requirements and what the act aims to achieve.

Employer ID number

An introduction to employer ID numbers

Starting a new business comes with a great deal of new responsibilities and paperwork – wising up on the relevant administrative requirements for your business is a good way to avoid issues in the future. This is certainly the case for declaring tax – and to collect tax for your company you will need to register for an employer identification number (EIN), otherwise known as a sales tax number, or...

Price calculation

Price calculation: How should you calculate sales prices?

Do you want to bring a new product onto the market or offer a service that’s in demand? Then you first have to calculate the sales price. Doing this involves many factors. All conceivable costs as well as your profit margin must be incorporated into the price calculation. What are all the things that you should keep in mind?

Customer satisfaction

Customer satisfaction

It is not possible to be successful in the long term if you have lots of dissatisfied customers. This is why customer satisfaction plays such an important role. By trying to make your customers as happy as possible, you may let yourself be guided too much by individual statements. Learn how to satisfy customers as a whole and measure customer satisfaction.

Layoff criteria

Layoff criteria - the different methods

Letting employees go is hard on all parties, but it can be made a lot easier if you plan which layoff criteria to use beforehand so you’re ready if the worst case scenario presents itself. There are five main methods employers can use to work out who to keep in the company and who sadly has to be laid off. The defined criteria is taken into account and each employee can be evaluated according to a...

Grow Your Business

A solid business growth strategy is paramount for any business owner. This category focuses on all the aspects that follow the establishment of a company; from business strategy and growth, to recruitment, bookkeeping, and taxes.


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