Category: General Business News

Understanding the Weighted Average Cost (WAC) Method for Inventory Valuation - Jan. 01, 2023

Understanding the Weighted Average Cost (WAC) Method for Inventory ValuationWhen it comes to businesses and their inventory and accounting methods for managing it, there are a few different ways to approach the task. The three different options to value inventory/implement cost flow assumptions, include: Last In, First Out (LIFO); First In, First Out (FIFO); and Weighted Average Cost Accounting (WAC). This article will focus […] read more

Auditing: What it is & Why It's Done - Nov. 01, 2022

Auditing: What it is & Why It's DoneThe Importance of Auditing Auditing typically refers to an objective review of a company’s financial statements, which consists of the cash flow statement, the income statement and the balance sheet. It analyzes the level of accuracy that the business has characterized its financial records. The process looks at how a business documents investing, financing and […] read more

Financial Accounting Overview - Oct. 01, 2022

Financial Accounting OverviewFinancial accounting is how accounting professionals document, compile and outline how a business performs financially over a discrete period of time. Unlike cost accounting, which is used primarily for internal short and long-term strategic planning, financial accounting focuses primarily on producing relevant documentation for outside parties interested in short- and long-term financial performance. Small businesses, […] read more

How Cost Accounting Helps Businesses Measure Performance - Sep. 01, 2022

How Cost Accounting Helps Businesses Measure PerformanceCost accounting is a type of accounting that analyzes a business’ complete production costs by looking at both variable and fixed costs. This includes the concepts of marginal costing, lean accounting, standard costing and activity-based costing. It’s used by a business’ management to evaluate fixed and variable costs involved in the manufacturing operations. The initial […] read more

How Businesses Can Mitigate Inflation & Maintain Pricing Power - Aug. 01, 2022

How Businesses Can Mitigate Inflation & Maintain Pricing PowerWhether it’s tariffs, trade wars or post-pandemic inflation caused by kink-ridden supply chains and what many experts believe to be excess money printing, inflation is an insidious drag on businesses’ operations. When it comes to energy’s contribution to inflation, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that crude and natural gas prices in 2022 have […] read more

Measuring the Margins - Jul. 01, 2022

Measuring the MarginsCorporate profits, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, grew by $20.4 billion in the final quarter of 2021, a 0.7 percent increase. For the first quarter of 2022, corporate profits fell by 2.3 percent or $66.4 billion. On an annualized basis, corporate profits fell 5.2 percent in 2022, but grew 25 percent in 2021. […] read more

How to Calculate the Cash Conversion Cycle - Jun. 01, 2022

The Cash Conversion Cycle, also known as the Net Operating Cycle, answers the question, “How many days does it take a company to pay for and generate cash from the sales of its inventory?” However, before an analysis like this can take place, it’s important to consider the company’s primary line of business. If the […] read more

Combating Employee Hesitancy to Return to the Office - May. 01, 2022

Combating Employee Hesitancy to Return to the OfficeAccording to the January 2022 Future Forum Pulse survey, there’s been a shift in what workers want post-pandemic. The report found that in Q4 of 2021, 78 percent of workers from six industrialized companies wanted location flexibility. The survey also found that 95 percent desired schedule flexibility. This is in light of the same survey […] read more

Considerations When Selling a Business - Apr. 01, 2022

Considerations When Selling a BusinessAccording to the U.S. Small Business Administration and Project Equality, 60 percent of business owners plan to cash out of the business in the next 10 years. For the baby boomer generation, it’s especially important as they contemplate retirement, with this generation reportedly owning 2.3 million businesses. When it comes to getting a business ready […] read more

How Businesses Can Stay Current with the Digital Economy - Mar. 01, 2022

How Businesses Can Stay Current with the Digital EconomyAccording to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the level of usage and data swirling around the internet is expanding at an accelerating pace. The amount of data on the internet globally during 2020 amounted to 3 trillion gigabytes; and 2022’s traffic is expected to increase to 4.5 trillion gigabytes. As a result, the U.S. Chamber […] read more