Category: Business Growth

How to Create Strategic Planning To Drive Strategy

One of the primary reasons that the strategic planning process fails is because the plan is written and then set aside to gather dust. Once the plan is created, it needs to be communicated to the parties involved in its success. Provide metrics that align with the expectations for the plan’s outcome

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Being SMART About Setting Strategic Objectives

The litmus test for each of your strategic objectives is that it has to meet each of these five criteria. If the objective fails to meet one or more of these criteria, then either assess it to determine if it is truly strategic, or revise it to make it more specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and time bound.

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Developing Strategic Objectives for 2012

Strategic objectives should be selected to address the major challenges facing the company. To make these SOs manageable and actionable, limit them to no more than eight, and it’s vital to prioritize them.

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Strategies for Budgeting Success

Start by reviewing the numbers that show your actuals (from your P&L report), your forecast (based on where you think you can make adjustments), and the difference or variance for each line item. Now you have a working budget!

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Embrace The Joys of Budgeting!

It might make it easier (and more palatable) to think of budgeting as profit planning. If you have a profit plan in place, then you can truly track your income and expenses in a fashion that gives you a clear plan as to how to increase your revenues and where to cut your overhead.

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Seven Reasons to Outsource Your Accounting

To outsource or not to outsource…that is the question. If you find running payroll, tracking AP and AR, and being responsible for the multitude of routine accounting functions is a drain on your resources rather than being an asset to your business, you might consider hiring an experienced, reputable accounting service

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Pacific Crest Group Helps CB’a Brand Engine’s Expansion By Providing Solid Back Office and Accounting Foundation

CB’a Brand Engine, has been working with Pacific Crest Group to help the company expand following its recent launch as a new joint venture of two established branding firms, and the opening of a Chicago satellite office. Thanks to Pacific Crest Group’s expert accounting and CFO-for-hire services, the launch of the newly formed CB’a Brand Engine has been smooth and seamless for its clients.

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Applying the 80-20 Rule to Your Operation

Ask yourself if you’re focusing your energy and attention on the activities that are most effective in building your business? Get really clear about the kinds of people you want to spend your time with and the kinds of business you want to work on.

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