Whether you are a budding business owner about to embark on the journey of starting your own business or you are a seasoned campaigner with many years of successful trading under your belt it is an absolute must that you can read & understand your financial statements.
We can all drive a car (well most of us), but can we all read a road map? To arrive at your destination you need to be able to interpret the information at hand. So whether it's simply driving your car or more importantly, driving your business, you need to have the skills & know how to make the best use of the information available to you.
The critical components of your financial statements are:
- The Profit & Loss Statement
- The Balance Sheet
- The Cash Flow Statement
Many business owners miss out on the opportunity to improve their businesses because they don't understand how to unlock the secrets contained within their financial statements. These documents should not be for the sole benefit of your Bank or the Tax Office, they are there for you as the business owner.
Today I came across this straightforward, plain English, simple presentation that provides a great analogy between an apple tree and your Financial Statements. I won't ruin the surprise for you other than to say that (even as an accountant) I found this to be a really useful tool in understanding what it is our financial statements tell us.
Understanding financial statements
So how was it? Does it make a little more sense now? I'd love you to share your thoughts with me.
If you are a business owner that wants to remove the mystery from your financial statements and really drive your business forward then please call or email, I'd be thrilled to assist.