Business Plan Development: Know your Finances

Strategy Driven

Have columns for unit sales, unit costs, pricing, one that multiplies units times price to calculate sales, and one for sales costs. This allows you to demonstrate gross margin: sales revenue less sales costs. Differentiate between fixed costs, such as rent and payroll, and variable costs, such as advertising and delivery. Develop a cash-flow statement. Remember: Sales – cost of sales = gross margin.

Winning Now, Winning Later: Playing the Infinite Game

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He developed three principles of short- and long -term performance that forced them to consider the long- and short-term implication in every decision they made: 1. Grow while keeping fixed costs constant.


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Love Them and Lead Them

The Practical Leader

Airline revenues collapsed while fixed costs stayed high. According to a documentary video we often use in our culture development planning sessions, Southwest Airlines is “the company that love built.”

How Do I Start A Small Business?

Strategy Driven

Describing the offerings of your services, the product life cycles, intellectual properties as well as the research and development procedures of your business. When you think of starting a small business, it is a sure event that there will be an associated cost or price. Introduction.

During this Crisis, Don’t Expect Business as Usual from the Family Enterprise

Strategy Driven

Rather than deal with these issues alone, the legacy owner is better off using this opportunity to bring others in and develop a shared response. This is a time to share the challenges regarding fixed costs, debt, obligations and the cost of doing business.

The New Psychology of Business Models

Ask Atma

You have a great business idea but you are not sure how to develop it. model, startups will have more success if they adopt lean and agile business development principles, where failing fast is the premium strategy and the lean business model reigns supreme. I first encountered the idea of developing a one-page business model in 2007 when I came across the Osterwalder model on the web. process, some market research can still be done during the idea development stage.

The More Climate Skeptics There Are, the Fewer Climate Entrepreneurs

Harvard Business

remains home to a considerable number of “climate skeptics,” who clearly impact the politics around the issue, as they are unlikely to support costly actions such as carbon taxes intended to mitigate the challenge of climate change. A drug company must incur a large fixed cost to do the basic research, so it has strong incentives to predict what the demand for the drug will be if its research succeeds. and in developing nations.

A Quick Guide to Breakeven Analysis

Harvard Business Review

It’s a simple calculation to determine how many units must be sold at a given price to cover one’s fixed costs. Assume she must incur a fixed cost of $25,500 to produce and sell a kite. These costs might cover the software needed to design the kite and be sure it is sufficiently aerodynamic, the fee paid to a graphic designer to design the look and feel of the kite, and the development of promotional materials used to advertise the kite.

Does Your Startup Have a Spending Strategy?

Harvard Business

These spending choices require tradeoffs, so entrepreneurs must first develop a strategy for allocating limited resources across a wide range of available options. Colin was sure his revenues would exceed costs within a year, but the large clients he expected never materialized. So not only were the current fees too weak to support his fixed costs, but future clients were turned off by his apparently excessive tastes. The costs soon proved much greater than expected.

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What Could Amazon’s Approach to Health Care Look Like?

Harvard Business

The introduction of Amazon Prime , which provides two-day delivery on many Amazon orders for a fixed annual fee, represented a huge shift in Amazon’s early business model. To the extent that the technology Amazon developed for Amazon Go can be turned to services beyond grocery shopping, health care may be one of the early beneficiaries. The absence of fixed costs for customers attracted small and innovative web developers. jamie jones/Getty Images.

The Real Reason Superstar Firms Are Pulling Ahead

Harvard Business

It could be because “software development typically requires large upfront fixed costs,” meaning that firms that are already pretty large are the ones who can afford to invest in it. If it’s expensive to adopt and get good at IT, it’s more economical for big companies like Wal-Mart that can spread those costs out over lots and lots of products sold.

How Companies Can Use Investors to Their Advantage

Harvard Business

For its part, Nikon focused on cost optimization opportunities and balance sheet management when communicating to value-oriented investors and on long-term structural changes when communicating to growth-oriented investors. Directly influenced by investor input, Nikon developed a restructuring plan that would carry a onetime cost of ¥48 billion ($460 million) but generate ¥20 billion ($190 million) in annual savings. Heini Wehrle/BIA/Minden Pictures/Getty Images.


What BMW’s Corporate VC Offers That Regular Investors Can’t

Harvard Business

Third, corporate VCs and accelerators are costly and complex to operate, turning them into a slow and expensive innovation tool. And the fixed cost from “touchpoint-to-pilot” are immense. For example, in the case of a $100 million CVC fund, which can close five to 10 investments a year, these costs typically range from $1 to $2 million per startup — not including the administrative and variable costs of the pilot itself.

Who Wins in the Gig Economy, and Who Loses

Harvard Business

A full-time job provided the steady income needed to support our traditional version of the American Dream: the highly leveraged, high-fixed-cost house; the cars; the latest consumer goods. Independent workers who are comfortable with and excited about developing their own income streams, marketing themselves, and connecting with others are best positioned to take advantage of the many opportunities the gig economy offers. The winners and losers in the U.S.

Will Personalized Medicine Mean Higher Costs for Consumers?

Harvard Business

A growing body of research says that insurers raise out-of-pocket costs in part to avoid sick enrollees. This problem is likely to get worse as personalized medicine becomes more common, more patients get to choose between competing private health plans, and employers shrink the coverage they offer employees in order to reduce their labor costs. Policy Pricing Costs Healthcare Digital Articlelaura schneider for hbr.

Joint Ventures Reduce the Risk of Major Capital Investments

Harvard Business

For instance, the cost of building and equipping a leading-edge semiconductor fab has climbed to $7 billion, as the technology required to make more advanced chips is getting more complex. The cost of building an oil rig has increased steadily, to more than $600 million, due to raw materials and labor cost increases, growing technical challenges, steeper regulatory requirements, and speculative building.

Groupon Doomed by Too Much of a Good Thing

Harvard Business Review

ACSOI essentially measures Groupon's profits before subtracting its subscriber-acquisition costs and stock option-based compensation. Such a strategy limits an early venture's funding in order to force the business to develop a profitable business model and then invests heavily in growth once such a model is identified — Christensen terms such investments "good money" for incubating growth businesses and extols the strategy for three reasons. "Alright, you caught us.

Why HR Really Does Add Value

Harvard Business Review

By utilizing basic HR tools like business process redesign, organizational redesign, job redesign and competency model development, we were able to more effectively align our selling and support processes to the changing business realities of large-scale farming and construction. Within the first year of our effort net sales increased 27 percent while fixed costs were reduced by 40 percent. Not all fixed cost reductions were people.

Five Rules for Innovating in a Shaky Economy

Harvard Business Review

However many big projects become inflexible, travelling on rails to a fixed destination. Management has made promises to senior executives about what a project will achieve, and fixed costs have built up because they looked prudent in comparison to planned revenues. Some new products under this umbrella, like the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, were breakthrough hits, but they probably cost a good deal to develop.

How to Prepare Your Supply Chain for the Unthinkable

Harvard Business Review

The other is the persistent feeling that supply chains represent a cost. Most companies focus on minimizing costs rather than maximizing flexibility, which would entail making large investments in supply chains. For instance, many companies feel they don't need to develop alternatives to Japanese suppliers because they buy so little from them nowadays. What would happen to their costs if the renminbi's value rises overnight from RMB 6.5 Variabilizing costs.

3D Printing Will Revive Conglomerates

Harvard Business Review

As the technology develops, GE could revamp this and other plants into general printer farms supplying all of its manufacturing divisions. That gave it a steadier cash flow to cover the costs of its large fixed cost investments, but did not eliminate the unused capacity of plants dedicated to one kind of product. These regional production centers would reduce transportation costs and currency risks, while developing closer ties to their customers.

How Industry Giants Can Create Corporate Breakthroughs

Harvard Business Review

For example, a decade ago, it''s unlikely that small-business owners would have told you that they needed a flexible way to host data and applications, one that preferably turned the fixed cost of computer hardware into a variable cost of renting capacity. But that''s exactly the job Amazon realized so many of them needed when it developed its "elastic cloud-computing solution." Developing a breakthrough idea will never be a paint-by-numbers exercise.

The Company Outsmarting Big Pharma in Africa

Harvard Business Review

Cipla, an India-based producer of low cost antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) is one of the biggest success stories in the pharma industry. Most of its sales are in the developing world (including 40% in Africa) — where it sells its HIV drugs for about $350 per year per patient — yet it is as profitable as the pharma giants of Europe, North America, and Japan. and other traditionally developed markets. to develop and produce an improved first?line

Is Rooftop Solar Finally Good Enough to Disrupt the Grid?

Harvard Business Review

The costly and complex operations of transporting energy have made utilities natural monopolies, while regulatory barriers and the high fixed costs of building and maintaining regional electrical grid infrastructure have also kept much competition at bay. But recent technological advances and new business models are now allowing nimble players to compete and provide consumers with cost-saving alternatives.

What Happens When All Employees Work When They Feel Like It

Harvard Business Review

Eden McCallum, thus, manages to keep its overhead and other fixed costs at a minimum. Traditionally, senior management consultants have a range of tasks: one of them is executing client projects, but they also have to acquire future projects, and secure work on them for more junior people, they have to do internal work, regarding knowledge development, appraisals, and managing the firm, and a variety of other tasks – all on a full-time basis.

Why Spotify Will Kill iTunes

Harvard Business Review

To appreciate the truth of this claim, it's vital to understand one of Clayton Christensen's theories on marketing and product development: Jobs-to-be-done. Jobs-to-be-done suggests that in order to predict how to develop, compare, and position our products, we should be driven by a fundamental understanding of what that product is hired to do. I could substitute a free cup of coffee from my own office, which would provide my much-needed caffeine at no cost.

The End of Traditional Ad Agencies

Harvard Business Review

Harley helped V&S launch Fan Machine by enlisting its fans to develop a new campaign. In every part of the industry, the open innovation model is changing the economics of advertising by switching significant fixed costs to variable costs and sourcing creative from more relevant and, many times, lower cost sources. They''ll also need these networks in order to compete on cost: The open innovation model can shave time and expense off the old ad development cycle.

China’s Slowdown: The First Stage of the Bullwhip Effect

Harvard Business Review

Consequently, although companies should cut costs now, they should be on the lookout for the quick rebound that is likely to follow. During an economic crisis, the exaggerated decline in orders can be especially damaging to upstream suppliers that have high fixed costs tied to production assets. Companies should anticipate this trend and start developing “value pricing” and less expensive products.

Who Rules the Web Now?

Harvard Business Review

They have massive amounts of currency (cash and stock); huge storehouses of customer information; and cloud computing resources that make them low-cost providers in any digital endeavor. As each of these companies expands its fixed-cost infrastructure, profits grow geometrically because the additional variable cost of adding each new user is near zero. Adding a profile on Facebook has little to no impact on Facebook's operating costs.

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The U.S. Media’s Problems Are Much Bigger than Fake News and Filter Bubbles

Harvard Business

Two developments bear noting. The media’s bias toward big events stems from three features of its economics: Fixed costs. The cost of covering a golf tournament doesn’t depend on whether Tiger Woods plays. Fixed costs have always been central to the economics of media. The U.S.

Deliver Big Impact on a Small Budget

Harvard Business Review

We didn't want to burden the organization with fixed costs. Almost everything had to be free, and the few things we paid for had to be scalable so that the unit costs would eventually approach zero. Software development" and "hardware" are bad words. Before business school, Ben was a software developer and I worked at a venture capital fund, so we were familiar with the miracle of cloud computing.

Why Tesco’s Strengths Are No Longer Good Enough

Harvard Business Review

The “ accelerated recognition of commercial income and delayed accrual of costs” undoubtedly flatters short-term results, but it soon catches up with you, as four suspended senior executives have found out. Successful companies are notoriously prone to pursuing tactical fixes rather than confronting strategic problems. They exhort their people to try harder, introduce overhead cost reduction programs, and reorganize – anything rather than admit that their strategy needs an overhaul.

How to Know If a Spin-Off Will Succeed

Harvard Business Review

Decisive actions are required to tackle the factors that prompted the spin-off in the first place, which in many cases are underperformance and/or a lack of strategic fit leading to chronic underinvestment in the development of the business. In parallel, it reduced its fixed costs by restructuring its industrial footprint and overhead structure; increasing sales, marketing, and R&D expenditures in targeted areas; and dramatically reducing working capital.

Aligning Your Organization with an Agile Workforce

Harvard Business Review

Google and Intel rely on experts in social science and biomechanics to develop transformative products by better understanding how people think about and use technology. This arrangement is often complicated by inconsistent decision criteria: purchasing wants the lowest price and a fixed cost, whereas the business or operation wants the best resource, a good cultural fit, and enough flexibility in the contract to allow for changes in scope or strategy.

America's Cities Need to Get Smarter

Harvard Business Review

Meanwhile, declines in revenue and escalating fixed costs for things like public employee pensions and health care are crippling our cities budgets. Under the gun, many are proposing cuts that may produce short-term savings but could result in longer term costs. The result — increasing achievement and decreasing costly remediation. It is estimated that there are now a billion transistors per human, each one costing one ten-millionth of a cent.

When M&A Is Not the Best Option for Hospitals

Harvard Business Review

Historically, larger scale has offered hospital systems a number of advantages, including increased referral volumes, better access to capital, stronger pricing power, and classic cost economies. For instance, larger scale has enabled many hospital systems to lower their per-patient operating costs significantly. Many hospitals system executives underestimate the cost of both pursuing an acquisition and managing the post-merger integration.). Fix the Handful of U.S.

Tackling the “Hotspotter” Patient Challenge

Harvard Business Review

A fascinating business dynamic will unfold as health care providers in the United States shift from a reimbursement system that has historically paid for procedures performed to one that rewards population health — providing the total care of a community at a fixed cost and improving its members overall health. The concept is especially applicable to high-cost patients, sometimes referred to as “hotspotters.” High-cost patients experience high rates of turnover.

Constraints on Health Care Budgets Can Drive Quality

Harvard Business Review

Scotland’s NHS serves 5 million people with a fixed, tax-funded budget of around $18 billion. Working under a fixed-cost ceiling was, of course, difficult. We also developed an approach that put the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s “ Triple Aim ” (improving the quality of the health care experience, improving the health of a population, and reducing per capita costs) at the heart of Scotland’s universal system. Health Care Costs Be Cut in Half?