Business Analytics: Sample TrendBoard Results

Home Business Analytics: ScoreBoard Display Demonstration The 12Faces ScoreBoard is a business analytics tool for small and medium business. It takes your annual, quarterly and monthly accounting data and displays it in a business analytics template using a  graphical format for easy interpretation. We show a few examples of our business analytics tools here for […]

Gross Profit Margin Analysis Boosts Profit Explained

Gross Margin Analysis opens the door to understanding the complex interactions between Revenue, COGS (Cost of Goods Sold or Operating Expenses) and Gross Profit.  It can be hard to understand why (e.g.) Revenue is going up but Gross Profit is going down!  Gross Margin also lets you measure the operating efficiency of your business and points out which components of your COGS may be declining in efficiency.  Bottom line, an improving Gross Margin is a good sign for improving profitability in your business.  Yellow Belt

Management Accounting Suggestions

In this article, we discuss some of the common improvements that can be made to small business management accounting bookkeeping systems to make them more useful for management accounting and performance measurement purposes. The usefulness of many of the tools and discussions in 12Faces rely on the quality and nature of the small business  management […]

Key Business Indicators: Interpreting TrendBoard

TrendBoard Trend Analysis TrendBoard is our tool for visualising trends in your performance data so you get an early warning of any problems more on the ScoreBoard trend analysis tool here Key Business Indicators 12Faces is committed to helping you achieve Sustainable Business Success.Sustainable means on-going, you need monitoring tools to check your business’s health. Dictionary of Business Finance Terms In […]

Benefit from Business Benchmark Resources

The term “Benchmark” is used to describe a piece of information that can be used as a comparation with your businesses’ performance so you have an understanding of how you compare to your industry standard performance.  See Wikipedia for more.   Benchmarks are very useful because, if you have nothing to compare your results with, you really have no idea if you are doing well or not.  This article provides links to a number of industry comparison resources you might find useful.  yellow belt

C2.4.6 Cost Reduction – Supplier Relationship

One of the easiest, and least painful, places to start a cost cutting exercise is by looking at your supplier relationships. Any activity in this area can have good pay offs. Example: Assume that about half of your expenditure is on products purchased from suppliers. These could be: Manufacture: Variable Costs Retail: Cost of Goods […]

How to Boost Your Accounts Receivable

Accounts Receivable: “The process of collecting money your customers owe you.”  Failure to have this process working well leads to insufficient cashflow and is a major contributor to business failure.  Ignore it at your peril!  Yellow Belt 

How to Use Gross Margin Analysis

Gross Margin Analysis:

  • Lets you diagnose problems caused by changes in Income and/or Variable Costs.
  • Income and Variable Costs can move in different directions, or in the same direction, at different speeds.
  • This can make it hard to work out what is causing an upturn or downturn in your business.

The analysis tips here will help make that clearer.  Yellow Belt

Overhead Margin Analysis Explained

Overhead Margin relates to Overhead Costs, which are the costs in your business that do not change directly with a change in your Revenue and/or a change in your Cost of Goods Sold (COGS).

They include such things as:

  • Rent, insurance.
  • Interest.
  • Salaries of permanent staff.
  • Administration costs in general; telephone, office costs.
  • Some elements of the sales process that are not directly related to your Sales Revenue.

These Overhead Costs tend to grow over time and may lead to inefficiencies in your business. This is due to activities no longer being relevant to your business but remain as a cost. 12Faces has several tools for helping to remove these “barnacles” that detract from your Operating Profit. Yellow Belt

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