Dependency is Risky

When starting their businesses Entrepreneurs might depend on one or a few customers for most of their revenues. This revenue concentration scenario is understandable for the very early start-up stage of a company.

As revenues grow, the increase hopefully comes from having more customers rather than only from more business with the same clients. Diversification in the source of revenues is a critical factor in the long-term success of the company.

The risk of concentration of revenues from only a few clients or one or two big customers could be huge. If a significant portion of the revenues are derived from, say one customer, it could be devastating for the company if such business was lost, reduced dramatically, or even if there were payment problems with such receivables.

Entrepreneurs, at the appropriate stage in their company’s growth, would be well advised to diversify the sources of revenues such that dependence on a few clients does not end up hurting their business. Businesses sustained by only a few customers might be following the wrong path.

Managing revenue concentration risk is a critical component of Entrepreneurs Doing the Right Things!

Ravi Patel

http://www.patelCFOservices.com

 

Being Prepared

Boy Scouts used a motto – “Be Prepared.” The idea is to teach the scouts to always be prepared for any situation.

Entrepreneurs can adopt that motto in their businesses.

Develop a philosophy to always be prepared for foreseen and, hopefully, some unknown situations. Does your organization wait until absolutely necessary to prepare for financial year-end, tax returns, regulatory or customer audits, quarterly returns, and so on?

If so, you are not prepared. Being prepared for these situations allows you to analyze problems beforehand and fix them ahead of the deadlines. There is less stress on company personnel and of course the Entrepreneur.

Implement a system of preparing for known events ahead of time so you are prepared. Having that type of discipline may allow you to also be ready for unforeseen situations.

Ravi Patel

www.patelCFOservices.com

Published in: on July 12, 2016 at 3:31 am  Leave a Comment  
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Retaining Independence

Just having celebrated our nation’s Independence Day, a few thoughts on how Entrepreneurs could retain their independence.

Entrepreneurs start their own businesses primarily for two reasons. They either believe that they have a better product or service, or they do not want to work for anyone else. The latter is born out of a desire of having their own independence.

As they grow their companies, Entrepreneurs lose their independence because they cannot effectively manage their businesses and/or get into a financial bind. In such cases someone else has to come to lead the company or exercise financial control (through investors or lenders), depriving Entrepreneurs of their independence.

How can Entrepreneurs retain their independence?

First, understand one’s limitation in managing the business and build an effective management team to adequately complement the Entrepreneur. An enlightened Entrepreneur might even have to hire a CEO or COO to lead the operations of the company while the Entrepreneur focuses on his/her core strengths.

Second, pay attention to the financial strength of the company. Manage the growth and cash flows effectively such that lines of credit and borrowing are sufficient so as not to dilute equity. Even if equity capital needs to be raised, go for it when the value of the company is high enough so that the Entrepreneur can retain the majority stake.

Entrepreneurs can retain their independence, but they have to work at it.

Ravi Patel

www.patelCFOservices.com

Published in: on July 6, 2016 at 4:41 am  Leave a Comment  
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