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Practical Financial Management

Practical Financial Management

Colin Barrow


An essential guide to finance management, Practical Financial Management explains key financial statements, the tools of financial analysis and business planning and budgeting.

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About the book

Entrepreneurs need to be financially literate. The most common cause of business failure is poor financial control stemming from an ignorance of the basics of business finance.

Practical Financial Management is intended to help those who find business finance confusing. Now in its eighth edition, it continues to provide advice on proper financial planning and control, and reinforces essential points through the use of questions within each section. Beginning with an introduction to the key financial statements, it moves on to look at the tools of financial analysis - the keys to controlling a business successfully. The final part of the book deals with business planning and budgeting, a vital area of business finance as most new ventures cannot get off the ground without a business plan, and existing businesses cannot expand.

Now with more examples and explanations of key terms, as well as information on loans for small businesses and guidance on how to analyze business accounts, Practical Financial Management is an invaluable read for aspiring entrepreneurs and those already in business. This book could mean the difference between success and failure.

Table Of Contents

  • Section - ONE: Assembling financial data;
    • Chapter - 01: Keeping the books;
    • Chapter - 02: The cash flow statement;
    • Chapter - 03: The profit-and-loss account (income statement);
    • Chapter - 04: The balance sheet;
  • Section - TWO: Understanding the figures;
    • Chapter - 05: Funding strategies, safety and performance;
    • Chapter - 06: Analysing business accounts;
    • Chapter - 07: Costs, volume, pricing and profit decisions;
    • Chapter - 08: Improving performance;
  • Section - THREE: Figuring out the future;
    • Chapter - 09: Revenue budgets;
    • Chapter - 10: Capital budgets;
    • Chapter - 11: Preparing a business plan;
  • Section - FOUR: Dealing with regulatory authorities;
    • Chapter - 12: Computing taxes;
    • Chapter - 13: Alternative legal structures;
    • Chapter - 14: Directors’ roles and responsibilities

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749462666
  • Edition: 8
  • Published: 3rd March 2011
  • Paperback
  • Dimensions: 216x138
  • 256 pages
  • Series: Business Success Series

About the Author

Colin Barrow MBA was until recently Head of the Enterprise Group at Cranfield School of Management, UK, where he taught entrepreneurship on the MBA and other programmes. He is a visiting professor at business schools in the US, Asia, France, Ireland and Austria. He is also the author of Starting a Business From Home, Cut Costs Not Corners and The 30 Day MBA, as well as many other titles, all published by Kogan Page.

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