Business Series

How to Make Business Decisions Using Financial Statements (Part 3: Financials Affecting Business Decisions)

In this course, you will understand how these financial statements analyses can affect the everyday business decisions that we may have to make.
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What  is this about?

An average adult makes more than 35,000 decisions per day. For business owners, the number is possibly much higher. Business owners play a role in making decisions for their company, regardless of its importance. Hence, one needs to understand the types of business decisions to assess whether the decision is appropriate for its existing growth stage.

Financial analysis is one method that provides the most insights to a business owner regarding decision-making processes because financials are important for the business and stakeholders. Thus, businesses must adopt the right tools to analyse and forecast their financials to measure profitability and sustainability.

In addition to measuring profitability, financial insights can also highlight the outlook of the company's financial situation, allowing business owners to identify signs of financial distress and risks if any. Warren Buffett once said, "Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing." Therefore, financial risk assessment is an essential element for businesses to become successful. By adopting a proper risk assessment framework, companies analyse potential risks early and take suitable approaches to avoid losses.

With the right understanding and projection of the company's financials, business owners will then make more informed business decisions.

Course Overview

Understanding Business Growth

You will learn to identify and understand the different stages of business growth and the types of business decisions made in each stage.

Analysing and Forecasting your Financials

To further analyse and forecast your financial data, you will learn the different types of forecasting methods. Subsequently, you will learn to identify the warning signs from your financial analysis and the right time to finance your business.

Identifying Financial Risks

You will learn to conduct a risk assessment on your business financials, using a step-by-step guide on identifying, analysing, and treating the risk.

Learning Outcomes

  • Differentiate the types of business decisions that you’re making

  • Identify the stage of growth that your business is in
  • Perform financial forecasting on your financial data
  • Identify warning signs from your business financials if any

  • Identify an appropriate time to finance your business
  • Perform risk assessment on your business financials

Who Should Attend?

  • Business owners who wish to gain a better understanding of how they can use financial analysis to make business decisions

  • Analysts who wish to perform financial forecasting and learn how to interpret them appropriately

Course Outline

Meet the Instructor

Shelby Tee

Shelby Tee is the Managing Partner of BlackStorm Consulting. Shelby is always keen on exploring new things, and nothing excites her more than a new challenge. Her expertise lies in corporate and product marketing, project management, business operations and crisis management.

Being in the cut-throat world of retail marketing and project management for nine years has allowed Shelby to quickly identify clients' needs and deliver the best for them. In addition, her experience in a wide variety of industries has led her to adapt to any situation and environment.
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