Posts Tagged ‘pareto principle’

80/20 Accounting

The 80/20 rule (Pareto Principle) is one of the most useful we will ever encounter. Let’s discuss its use with 80/20 accounting. This is about focusing on the 20% of customers, products, expenses, etc. that account for most of our company’s results. Read the rest of this entry »


Be Willing to Start Again

How often do we just throw up our hands and surrender, feeling defeated. Does this mean we’re done trying? Maybe all that is needed is a brief break. We must be willing to use past failure to build on to eventually succeed. To do that, we must be willing to start again. Just like Read the rest of this entry »


Inventory Days on Hand Analysis

In two articles around three years ago called 3 Low Cost Sources of Cash – Part 1 and Small Inventory – Big Benefits I discussed some of the benefits of keeping inventory to a level that would meet needs but would not be excessive. Let’s now look at a way to analyze inventory called inventory days on hand.

The Formula

The calculation for inventory days on hand is straight forward and is as follows:

(Inventory Balance / COGS) * 365 where COGS stands for Cost of Goods Sold. Let’s use the same numbers used in the first article mentioned above. If the inventory on hand is $1,000,000 and the annual cost of goods sold is $3,000,000 then the inventory days on hand is calculated as follows: Read the rest of this entry »


Things Financial Analysis Can Tell You

In Financial Statements are More than Results I touched briefly on financial analysis, but here I will go into some more detail. The real value of financial statements and other financial information is in the analysis. Allow me to elaborate.

A Simple Example

In math we might see the simple algebraic equation Y = 2X where Y is defined as the dependent variable and X is the independent variable. That is, Y’s value depends on the value of X.

Financial analysis is much like this in that we are looking at what independent variables drive Read the rest of this entry »


Financial Statements are More than Results

It’s easy to get lost in all the numbers when reading financial statements, particularly for those who rarely read them. By financial reports I mean not just the big three; i.e. the Balance Sheet, the Income Statement, and the Statement of Cash Flow. This also encompasses the supporting schedules and analysis as well.

Results Matter, But

Taking just the three main financial statements, it is important to asses the overall results. For the income statement look at profitability, but also consider Read the rest of this entry »


Optimism is Internal

Optimism is something we all struggle with from time-to-time, but there are some ways to help. A recent article in CFO Magazine was about the decline in small business optimism. According to the article, small businesses are creating more jobs recently, but their pessimism stems from such things as concern over taxes, government regulations, and sales. All of these are legitimate concerns, but let’s look closer. Read the rest of this entry »


80/20 Rule for Receivables Management

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Pareto Principle that is better known as the 80/20 rule. Simply stated, it says that for many events roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.

Some Examples

A school may find that 20% of their students create 80% of their problems, while another 20% achieve 80% of their positive results. It’s true in other organizations. In churches, 80% of the volunteer work often is done by 20% of the membership. Though the actual percentages may vary slightly, it still is fundamentally accurate much of the time, sad as that may be. If you own a business, look carefully to see who is accomplishing the work. Again, you may find that Read the rest of this entry »


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