Being able to track a declining margin can give you a heads-up that you must adjust your prices or your costs. In the worst cases your gross profit and profit margin disappear altogether. At that point, you’ll be like the fellow who lost money on every sale but figured he could make it up in volume. Don’t do it.

A company might clear all these hurdles, but sell at too high a price to be an attractive investment. It all depends on how much its prospects are worth.

To help keep your cash flow examples as accurate as possible you must ensure your customers are fully aware of your invoice terms, keep track and be quick to send out polite request for prompt payment and perhaps charge interest on late payments as long as this is included in your basic terms and conditions. When a new customer appears it is a good investment to do a credit check.

He or she will be able to walk you through the various options. As with a financial planner, ask them how they’re compensated to keep them honest with the advice they’re giving you.

When you see a trend that is restricting a positive cash flow, then you need to have tools at hand to correct the problem, fast. When developing a plan to infuse cash into the business, make sure you line up the sources for the appropriate use. For instance, short term cash problems can be handled with credit cards or a line of credit. Longer cash flow needs might be financed through long term secured loans or a capital loan.

When using P&L to determine rent, there are three different ways to achieve this. Cash flow is one option, which uses the actual rent paid to create the rent costs. GAAP rent can be used to determine P&L, as well, if the property experiences decreases or increases. However, when using GAAP rent it is important to only do so if the changes are a fixed. The third way is referred to as Effective rent. It is calculated by taking the the base rent and averaging it with any free rent units or properties. The useful thing about using Effective rent is it is reflected on the P&L with increased add, so the bottom line can appear higher.

However, if you’re like most people and don’t have the time to read through a mountain of books, magazines and web-sites (or have the inclination to do so), then this article is for you. It will list out the main “rules of thumb” for financial planning.

The second column is entitled, “Who Can Help?” List people you already know who have skills to help you start or complete the wealth building activities. These people already know you and are very willing to give advice. If these people are unable to help, they may be referral resources for someone else who could help you achieve your goals and accelerate your wealth. Examples of people you already know can be your family (Mom, Dad, sisters, brother-in-law), friends (college, parents of your children’s friends, health club), neighbors or people from work. Go through your address book for additional people who can help.