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How to make money, not lose it, and know when you are doing which

The point of business is to make money.You want your business to be a successful, profitable company that yields more than it spends.But making money isn't always as easy as it sounds.Even with a business that seems to be prospering, there can be times where you're not actually making money.In order to ensure that your business is successful, let's learn how to make money, not lose it, and to know and recognize when you are doing each one.

First of all, it's important to educate yourself.If you're not knowledgeable on the type of money that you're making, you'll never know how your business is doing.If you don't educate yourself you will quickly realize that knowing a little more than the average business owner will help you make more money than the average business.You should be educated in the type of business you run, the types of products or services you sell, and finally and especially, the types of costs your business can incur.

Knowing about the costs of running a business is essential to success.And as there are many types of costs (are fixed costs, sunk costs, variable costs, relevant costs, irrelevant costs and incremental costs, etc) it can seem a bit overwhelming at first.For example, did you know that costs in businesses can affect each other for both good and bad?Let's say you have irrelevant costs because the value of the parts needed to make your product is increasing, making your product more expensive to make and yielding less profit.You might use incremental costs to cover the amount you spend because of the irrelevant costs.So if you know what kind of cost you're incurring, you'll be able to adjust your finances accordingly and become more successful.

Next, you must be able to define your financial goals.You need to know what you want before you know where you're going. Put real numbers on the table.Plan to make X number of dollars for a given calendar year.Then, at the end of the year, tally up what you've done.Were you successful?Did your costs outweigh your profit?If you haven't made financial goals for your company, you'll be floundering.You won't know if you're making money or losing it, and you certainly won't be able to tell which you're doing at a given time.But if you have goals that are easily identifiable, you'll be able to tell if you're making money or losing it.

Eliminate unnecessary spending.If you're constantly spending your money on useless things, chances are good that you're not making near the profit you'd like to be.Think about the costs of your company.Are they all essential?Can you eliminate anything?Just getting rid of extra expenses can be a great way to start making money rather than losing it.Think about sunk costs.What kinds of sunk costs do you have?Can you eliminate any of them?Can you improve your company's financial situation by discontinuing that useless advertising with the crooked advertisers, slimming down on company lunches, and being more frugal and therefore more successful?

No matter what you do, it's important that you don't give up easily.Some days it will seem like it's more of a hassle to survive than it would be to just quit.But you'll find that if you just stick with it through the tough times, you'll emerge with a stronger, more successful business.Remember that business is a journey that you must follow.Sometimes you'll walk through lows and sometimes through highs.But through it all, you'll find that the journey is rewarding and leaves you happier and more successful.

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