SMART goals

How to achieve more by setting SMART goals

 

Have you heard of SMART goals, but you’ve never used an organized 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...

 

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

Setting up an online store: 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 webstore programs and optimization...

 

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 an aid to you 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...

 

General partner in a limited partnership: both managing director and general partner

All the risk, but all the freedom – this is one way you can describe being a general partner in a limited partnership. While the other shareholders are “only” reliable for their own capital contribution, the general partner is liable with their total assets. Being a general partner comes with additional special rights – they are the only ones entitled to manage and represent the company.

Elements of a business plan

There are a number of very important tasks involved with starting your own business. In order to do these tasks justice, it is absolutely necessary to create a business plan. This should always be done in writing. But what are the contents of a buiness plan, what functions does it fulfill, and what is its structure like? We provide a complete overview for all prospective business founders.

What is the CSAT (Customer Satisfaction Score)?

Do your customers usually purchase once with you and then never return? Then your Customer Satisfaction Score is perhaps too low. Put simply: your customers are not satisfied with the services your company provides. This could be because of the product quality, the ordering process, or the support. Customer satisfaction surveys help to discover where exactly the problem lies. We will advise you...

Annual financial statements – an overview of the financial year

For publicly traded companies, annual financial statements are due at the end of the year. This report allows you to present your company’s financial situation to the public, answering questions like: How high is your balance sheet profit? What is the composition of income and expenses? What risks will investors be taking if they want to work with you? Drawing up an annual financial statement will...

Researching the right target market with Sinus-Milieus

What are Sinus-Milieus? If you are unsure about your target market research, this classification from the Sinus Institute can help you. The market research institute created a model of society with 10 groups, and provides a comprehensive profile for each group based on scientific research. We explain how the model works and provide an easy-to-understand Sinus-Milieu definition.

Balance sheets: the basics

Creating a balance sheet can give business owners and entrepreneurs a headache. After all, proper bookkeeping with a balance sheet and a profit and loss account is far more complex than a simple income statement. But how do you know whether you are obliged to create a balance sheet? Here, you can find out why you might need to keep a balance sheet, and what they mean for you and your company.

What is a low-value asset (LVA)?

By depreciating your low-value assets, you can get a better idea of your financial status, enabling you to work out when assets need replacing and their cost. There are two different depreciation methods: straight line depreciation and reducing balance depreciation – but you need to work out which of them works best for you and your business. Software can also facilitate the task and work out the...

Guidelines for a proper balance sheet, clearly explained

Anyone who is required to prepare accounts needs to pay attention to the guidelines and principles that come with it, especially when it comes to balance sheets. We expect the data to be reliable, verifiable, and objective, as well as consistent and compatible. Knowing these objectives helps you to prepare accurate annual financial statement for your company. We explain what is meant by the...

Lean startup: reasons without risk?

Dropbox, Airbnb, Twitter – all these succesful companies have one thing in common: they became successful using the lean startup model. This method questions traditional business concepts and procedures, and instead promises greater flexibility and innovation. But what do lean startups mean for product development and company culture, and how can you benefit from these new ideas?

Earn-out when purchasing a company: guaranteed success or cause for conflict?

Buying a company is costly and risky. An earn-out clause in the contract reduces the risk for the buyer and creates a monetary incentive for the seller to support the new direction. This is because the earn-out promises a fluid, profit-oriented adjustment to the purchasing price in addition to the basic amount. However, this option has its pitfalls. If you want to use the earn-out model properly,...


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