Though this may seem like basic information, it can be a daunting task to complete. Nowadays companies offer more than one product. Big conglomerates, like Proctor & Gamble, offer hundreds of different products in a variety of industries. By understanding each of their various branches, the better grasp you will have of their companies’ direction.

Apply for and get a credit report and credit score. This will help you get a clear picture of your financial health. Be sure to get a report annually and learn how to analyze a credit report.

If you only have staff and not team, you’re working for your staff for free! Staffs are simply reactive people on your payroll that you need to continuously ensure that they do their work, especially when you’re not around. Team are those that work as though they’re working for their own company. You need to build winning teams or you’d end up with losing money.

INCOME STATEMENT: also called the Profit and Loss Statement, or P&L, or Statement of Operations. This is a report that shows the changes in the equity of the company as a result of business operations. It lists the income (or revenues, or sales), subtracts the expenses and shows you the profit J! (Or loss L.) This report covers a period of time and summarizes the money in and the money out.

You probably know someone who suddenly found themselves with a negative Net Worth. If they used the equity in their home to get loans for vacations, and the latest electronics gizmos, they put themselves in a precarious situation. With the recent collapse in housing prices, their home equity no longer offsets the amount of debt they were carrying. The term we use is “under water,” when the amount owed on a property is more than the current market value of the property. Being “under water” is a huge drag on Net worth.

Some planners suggest even more than five to eight times your annual income as the level of coverage you should carry. My suggestion is that you get your financial house in order, which means getting your net worth and cash flow examples together, and go talk to a good insurance agent about your needs.

When I review a business plan for funding, I always look at the financial statements first. It’s very easy to see if the person has no clue as to what they are doing by looking at the statements. The corollary is not true. meaning just because the financial statements are complete and rational the person doesn’t necessarily know what he or she is doing. That’s why the plan is longer than just three pages.