The Profit Assessment—How Healthy is Your Ecommerce Business?
In previous blogs about the Profit First methodology, I’ve talked about setting up your bank accounts for Profit, Owner’s Comp, and Taxes. But how do you know how much to put into these accounts? There’s a formula for that, and taking the Instant Profit Assessment below will help you determine those allocations. Let’s Get Real […]
Profit First and Q4: Now’s the Time to Prepare!
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of being a guest on InventoryLab’s OpenLab webinar series. It’s always nice to chat with Jeff Campbell and his team about all things Profit First- and inventory-related. There’s a lot to discuss there, and we make good use of our time together! In this webinar, we […]
Top 4 Profit First Bank Accounts and Why You Need Them
When implementing the Profit First methodology in your business, one of the first things you learn is the importance of setting up different bank accounts for different purposes. In Profit First for ecommerce, that first account should be for inventory activity. Once you have separated your inventory banking activity from your operating expenses, you’re ready […]
Make Profit the Habit in Your Ecommerce Business
One thing I find myself reminding people of over and over is that profit is not an event—a one-time, “Hey, I did it!” kind of thing that happens at tax time, if you’re lucky. To make real profit, consistently, it has to become your habit. Like anything else, if you have a plan and stick […]
Profit First and Inventory Lab – Making Cash Work for You!
Good news! Today we’re going to discuss how to use Inventory Lab to assist in managing your Profit First Cash Flow system. I’m excited to share this with you because it represents a breakthrough in my thinking that occurred while I was on my 4-week vacation recently. Earlier this year, Jeff Campbell of Inventory Lab […]
Do Sales Equal Profit—Or Is There More to It?
If you’re familiar with the Fix This Next concept by Mike Michalowicz, you understand that the foundation of every business is Sales. After all, you must have sales to generate cash. However, if your business is struggling, as strange as it may sound, sales and cash are not always the solution to your problems. Sales […]
How to Eliminate Cash Flow Headaches for Ecommerce Sellers
What’s your greatest challenge as an ecommerce business? I always ask this question as I speak with potential clients and other ecommerce sellers. The resounding answer is most often—Cash Flow! My guess is it’s the same for you. Cash flow is generally one of the greatest challenges because it fluctuates so much, just by the […]
Debt and Growth in Your Business and the Role Each One Plays
I often hear comments from ecommerce business owners that they have to have debt in their business in order to grow. I understand the mindset. While some debt can be a good thing, not all debt is created equally, so there are factors that need to be considered. The same is true with growth. Here […]
5 Steps to Building a Cash Strategy That Works for Your Ecommerce Business
Your business is booming and sales are up. Your bank accounts are looking good. Your shelves are stocked with inventory. You’re living your dream, right? Hold on. As an ecommerce seller, you have most likely already experienced the other side of that upswing, so you know that this too, shall pass. Because of the general […]
bookskeep: The Small Business Support System
bookskeep started as a simple desire to meet the educational needs of my daughter. By operating a virtual admin business I was able to obtain extra income to provide her private tutoring, utilize my business savvy mind, and be a taxi driver. By 2011, my small business was helping to support our household. Due to […]