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Entrepreneurs launching growth companies need an understanding of the financial basics to work with professionals and spot problems early, says a serial entrepreneur and investor. Tips for acquiring literacy are provided.
An important area of financial literacy for entrepreneurs concerns the ability to establish an effective commercial banking relationship and to prepare a loan proposal. No small or growing company survives and prospers without some debt component on its balance sheet.
An entrepreneur turned mergers and acquisitions specialist advises owners selling a privately held company to secure representation and educate themselves about the process.
Small business owners must become literate about their company's books without becoming accountants in order to deal with CPAs, keep on top of operations, and prevent fraud, says the co-founder of an accounting services firm.
Entrepreneurs need to be leaders to motivate people to undertake the daunting task of turning a vision into a tangible entity, says the founder of the nation's largest pediatric home healthcare provider.
Getting the best out of temporary workers requires that entrepreneurs treat them as neither employees nor pariahs but rather take a middle ground, says the founder of a staffing service.
Hiring the disabled allows entrepreneurs greater productivity, lower labor costs, and lucrative tax benefits, in addition to engendering goodwill, says a company founder who employs brain-injured workers.
When developing a strategic plan to launch an international business program, growing companies must consider the potential barriers and adjustments they might need to make to their products and services.
Attention-grabbing tactics for niche products include providing snappy names and packaging, placing cold calls, and befriending the media in an effort to win PR, says the founder of a specialty women's hosiery company.
Entrepreneurs must have a strategic reason for expanding and execute according to a plan that works for their company, says a cofounder of a major oil-change service company.
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