Business fundamentals

Whether you’re starting, running or growing a business, our business fundamentals video series is a great resource. You’ll learn about things like business planning, cash flow, financial statements and leadership. 

Creating an effective business plan

What is a business plan, and do you really need one? Learn about how to create a simple, yet effective business plan to help get your business going in the right direction from the start. Watch the video to learn about:

  • How to use our handy business planning template
  • Tips to write your business plan
  • How SMART objectives will help you keep on track – with goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-framed
  • How to conduct a SWOT analysis of your business – looking at your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
  • The importance of thinking about your target customers and your marketing strategy
  • Bringing it all together with your executive summary. 

The importance of cash flow

Cash flow is the lifeblood of every business - whether you’re contracting, self-employed or running a successful small business. In this video you’ll learn about:

  • Why cash flow is king
  • Why a cash flow forecast is important
  • How to set up your cash flow forecast using our ANZ cash flow forecast calculator
  • How to forecast sales and outgoings
  • Tips to improve your cash flow.

How to prepare your financial statements

Financial planning can be daunting, but the more you do it, the easier it gets. This video will help you get familiar with some of the key elements that you need for preparing financial statements. Watch to learn about:

  • The importance of understanding the two main financial statements for your business: the Balance Sheet and the Profit and Loss Statement
  • How to calculate some of the key finance ratios for your business: profitability ratios, business efficiency ratios, business liquidity ratios and working capital ratio.

How to improve your business leadership

As a business owner, you might have gone into business because you are passionate about the industry, but you’ll need to become a leader too. This video can help you start thinking about the skills you need to be successful in this role. In it you’ll learn how to: 

  • Lead with a growth mindset
  • Motivate your team 
  • Use the skill/will matrix
  • Coach and motivate your staff
  • Prioritise and protect your time. 

Important information

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