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Financial Due Diligence in a post-Covid world

Financial Due Diligence in a post-Covid world

by Kate Bohm July 02, 2021

With market stability returning in what we are tentatively calling the ‘post-Covid era’, FDD’s focus has changed and there are new factors to consider in a business environment that is fundamentally different.  This piece covers the basics of FDD's and the shifts experienced. Read more here.
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The Melting Ice Cube Series - Part 2: A Brief History of Money

The Melting Ice Cube Series - Part 2: A Brief History of Money

by Ronald Stevens May 10, 2021

This series is primarily concerned with the question "What is money?" It’s necessary that we at least have a general historical perspective of humanity’s relationship with money.  We weren't always using rands and dollars. Money, just like technology, language and life itself, evolves. This blog looks at the traits of sound money, the birth of inflation, what happened in 1971 and where we go from here.

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Birkenstock’s Billions: Getting Comfortable with Business Valuations

Birkenstock’s Billions: Getting Comfortable with Business Valuations

by Craig Kirsten March 05, 2021

While most can only dream of selling their business for billions of Euros, it is important to know how one goes about valuing a business, no matter what the size.  At Creative CFO we love to see the SMEs of this world become the Birkenstocks. Get in touch and let us help you out with the first step.
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The Melting Ice Cube Series - Part 1 - Holding Cash: A Melting Ice Cube

The Melting Ice Cube Series - Part 1 - Holding Cash: A Melting Ice Cube

by Ronald Stevens February 16, 2021

Money is a technology. It has evolved over millennia to facilitate exchanges of value between people, and to store that value over long periods of time to be used as and when the holder of that money sees fit. We’ve seen various iterations and manifestations of money over the years: shells, precious stones, glass beads, gold, and, most recently, government-issued “fiat” currency.

The Melting Ice Cube Series will attempt to explore the intricacies of the phenomenon of the loss of purchasing power of fiat currency during the first quarter of 2021, at a time when awareness of these larger global economic forces is more essential than ever before. Let's start our journey of inquiry together.

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Understanding Key Performance Indicators

Understanding Key Performance Indicators

by Ronald Stevens January 04, 2021

Key Performance Indicators do just what they say on the box; they indicate how well your business is performing in key areas. If we liken a business to a vehicle, KPIs are the dashboard. They can answer questions such as: How fast are we going? How much fuel is in the tank? Should we change gears? Just as you would check your car’s dashboard while you drive, so you should also keep an eye on your KPIs as a business.

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Understanding and achieving a healthy cash flow [Part 4/4]

by Genna-Lee Clark November 02, 2020

It is common for one to go straight to the balance sheet to see what the bank balance was at month end, however, it does not necessarily tell you how it came in or went out during the month.  Cash is the heartbeat of a business. A business requires cash to be able to pay its suppliers, vendors and employees, to be able to invest back into your own business so that you can grow.  The cash flow statement is the final article in our management report series.   

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An explanation of the balance sheet for business owners [Part 3/4]

An explanation of the balance sheet for business owners [Part 3/4]

by Liesl Roos October 19, 2020

The balance sheet forms part of the management report pack that Creative CFO produces. Often, the balance sheet can be quite challenging to understand, so we have made it our mission to make it visually understandable. Every business owner wants to know that their balance sheet is looking good. But what exactly does this mean? Read part 3 of our 4 part series on management reports to find out.

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A business owner’s guide to understanding and working with the profit and loss statement [Part 2/4]

A business owner’s guide to understanding and working with the profit and loss statement [Part 2/4]

by Suzaan du Toit and Ronald Stevens October 12, 2020

The profit and loss statement  (or P&L in accounting jargon) is arguably the central management statement for most SMEs, recording the majority of operational activities over any period of time, usually monthly. Ranging from the total revenue received to all the expenses incurred by the business over the period, the P&L is a treasure trove of information for any business owner. In part 2 of our 4 part series on management reports, we delve deeper into the profit and loss statement to find out why it is,  undoubtedly, an essential statement for any business owner. 

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An introduction and high-level overview of the value of management reports [Part 1/4]

An introduction and high-level overview of the value of management reports [Part 1/4]

by Realm Chitando October 06, 2020

Management reports play a crucial role in weaving together the results of daily process, performance and reporting across all pillars of business. They present the big picture and provide the clarity that business owners need in an increasingly dynamic world. In this article, which is part 1 of a 4 part series, we introduce you to management reports and highlight the value that it adds to your business.

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How cloud accounting made me enjoy the finance industry again

How cloud accounting made me enjoy the finance industry again

by Liesl Roos October 02, 2020

This is a topic that is very close to my heart and I am sharing this everywhere I go. A couple of years into my career as a chartered accountant I started to wonder if I was still enjoying working in the finance industry. I was busy with so many routine, tedious tasks that it felt like I was not growing and it did not feel like I was making a difference in other people’s lives. Find out how cloud accounting  made me enjoy the finance industry again and how it enabled me to contribute to businesses in a meaningful way. 
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COVID 19: Working from home tax deduction

COVID 19: Working from home tax deduction

by Kate Bohm September 21, 2020

While the pandemic has forced many employees to work from home, you may be wondering if you now qualify for the home office tax deduction. We outline the requirements for employees to qualify below.
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Unlocking the secrets of becoming investment ready

Unlocking the secrets of becoming investment ready

by Nicole Griffith August 11, 2020

Let’s say your business finds itself in a position where an investor has shown an interest in injecting cash into your company. The investor will usually want to see specific information about your business and essentially assess your business’s financial risk profile.  In this article, which is part 1 of this series, we are going to help you understand the process of determining your company’s risk profile.

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