Chapter 14

Managing Profitability and Cash

In This Chapter

arrow Figuring out what cash flow is

arrow Reading and interpreting profit and loss statements and balance sheets

arrow Reviewing the key ratios and percentages of profitability

arrow Overseeing your inventory and accounts receivable

arrow Controlling your costs and improving your profits

Although people drive the business of doing business, money fuels the engine. That money can be counted, compiled, and presented in a number of different ways — ways that, in the right hands, can provide a steady flow of financial information with which you can accomplish a number of key business functions, including the following:

check.png Maintaining bookkeeping information: The bookkeeping process includes keeping records of physical inventories, monies due from others (accounts receivable), and monies due to others (payroll and accounts payable).

Paying taxes: Federal, state, ...

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