Studyowl Quick Business Revision

Studyowl Quick Business Revision

Quick Business Revision

We aim to do just that. To help guide you through your Business revision over the next few weeks.

Make sure that you check back all the time.

Break-Even Analysis

FinancePosted by Trusty Owl Fri, April 07, 2017 10:19:25

Break-Even analysis is a tool used by businesses to forecast the profit/loss a business could make depending on the quantity of goods or services sold.

Read through the presentation above to understand the principles of break-even analysis and the variables that can affect the position of the BREAK-EVEN POINT.

When studying Break-Even Analysis you need to understand the limitations of it as a decision making tool. Break-Even Analysis is quite a simplistic tool that does not take into account external factors such as the sale of competitor's products. It assumes that all products/services produced will be sold. Break-Even Analysis requires the use of charts which need to be manipulated according the changes in price that will be charged.



Sources of Finance

FinancePosted by Trusty Owl Fri, April 07, 2017 10:09:25

Businesses need funds in order to run their business. Not all the money needed by the business will come from the sale of goods or services or from the owners of the business.

The presentation below covers the main sources of finance that businesses can use.




The purpose of business

FinancePosted by Trusty Owl Fri, April 07, 2017 10:04:29
Use the presentation to understand the purpose of business accounting.

Assessing the quality of business information

MarketingPosted by Trusty Owl Fri, April 07, 2017 09:33:16

When conducting marketing research you always need to consider the validity and reliability of the data you collect.

See the presentation below:




Putting Together A Marketing Campaign

MarketingPosted by Trusty Owl Fri, April 07, 2017 07:52:40

The following blog post should help those of you who are thinking about putting together a marketing campaign: https://blogs.constantcontact.com/create-a-campaign/

For other information see the attached guide from American Express

This will give you a step-by-step guide to putting together a marketing campaign.



Profit, loss and cash flow

FinancePosted by Trusty Owl Thu, March 16, 2017 20:08:13
Businesses have costs. These can be VARIABLE or DIRECT costs which are directly related to the quantity of goods produced. If more is produced then the variable costs will increase. Fixed costs or INDIRECT costs are those that are not directly to production. Examples of fixed costs will be premises costs, utility costs or vehicle maintenance. These costs would still have to be paid whether or not a business produces its goods or services. Revenue is calculated by multiplying the quantity of goods sold by their selling price. Profit or loss is calculated by taking TOTAL COSTS (Total Variable Costs + Fixed Costs) away from TOTAL REVENUE. If revenue is higher than total costs then a PROFIT is being made. If total costs are higher than total revenue then a LOSS is being made. Cash flow forecasting allows a business to identify periods where there may be high cash inflows and periods where there might be high levels of expenditure. Although costs are involved in the calculation of profit it should be remembered that a cash flow forecast cannot help with the prediction of profit. This would have to be carried out by using BREAK-EVEN ANALYSIS.

Cash flow

FinancePosted by Trusty Owl Wed, March 15, 2017 16:20:57
Quick tip: Do not mix up CASH FLOW with PROFIT/LOSS. This is a key element of your understanding and you will always be tested on your ability to know the difference.

A CASH INFLOW is money that comes in a business in the form of REVENUE, LOAN, CAPITAL. A cash inflow may also include payments from debtors. Cash is needed to allow a business to pay its EXPENSES.

A CASH OUTFLOW is money that flows out of a business as a form of EXPENDITURE. This may be wages, salaries, rent on premises, marketing, paying for leases or pay back a loan.

A business needs to manage its cash inflows and outflows so that it can pay all of its bills.

Businesses normally produce a cash flow forecast to assess the position of their cash flow position. They also produce cash flows in order to support a business plan. A cash flow is produced to cover a certain period of time from a few months to an entire year. The key terminology that you will need to understand is below:

A cash flow forecast will include:

Cash inflows (receipts)

Cash outflows (payments)

Net cash flow (inflows minus outflows)

Opening balance (this is the same as the closing balance of the previous period)

Closing balance (opening balance combined with net cash flow)

Make sure you review your own notes on cash flow.



Revising Business

General Revision TipsPosted by Trusty Owl Wed, March 15, 2017 15:51:55

Hi Guys,

It's that time of the year again! If you are reading this then you are getting prepared and ready for your Business exams. In this blog we aim to help your revise, guide you through understanding particular topics and thinking about particular examination question answers that you could be able to write.

First of all though, are you ready? Do you have your specification? Do you have your notes and exercise books for the course? Do you have all the hand-outs that your tutors have given you over the duration of your course? Have you read everything? Have you organised your notes?

Hopefully the answer to everything above was YES. If not, go back and organise your notes, make sure you have all the information you should have. Ask your tutors to fill in the gaps or copy up the missing work from one of your classmates. One of the keys to success is knowing that you have everything at your fingertips.