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For some, watching paint dry, or a poke in the eye is better than dealing with their business numbers. I get it, numbers can be scary, confusing, and boring, not what your business is meant to be about. But here’s the thing. If you’re serious about your business, you need to grab hold of your numbers, and connect with them. Falling in love with them may feel weird, but at least be on friendly terms with them if you want your business to survive and thrive. Numbers make you accountable, showing you the financial impact of your successes, a route map to success and highlighting those flip-ups. Above all, learning to love & use your numbers means you have a better chance of making money, what’s not to love. Fundamentally business is there to make money. You need to make money to survive and have impact. It’s about knowing how your future is going to pan out. Bear with me as I embark on this new journey. This podcast is aimed at any business, for profit or not for profit that is looking to get more acquainted with what their numbers mean. My aim is to make this podcast listener friendly, jargon and BS free. In the words of W.E.B. Dubois “When you have mastered numbers, you will in fact no longer be reading numbers, any more than you read words when reading books. You will be reading meanings.”

For some, watching paint dry, or a poke in the eye is better than dealing with their business numbers. I get it, numbers can be scary, confusing, and boring, not what your business is meant to be about. But here’s the thing. If you’re serious about your business, you need to grab hold of your numbers, and connect with them. Falling in love with them may feel weird, but at least be on friendly terms with them if you want your business to survive and thrive. Numbers make you accountable, showing you the financial impact of your successes, a route map to success and highlighting those flip-ups. Above all, learning to love & use your numbers means you have a better chance of making money, what’s not to love. Fundamentally business is there to make money. You need to make money to survive and have impact. It’s about knowing how your future is going to pan out. Bear with me as I embark on this new journey. This podcast is aimed at any business, for profit or not for profit that is looking to get more acquainted with what their numbers mean. My aim is to make this podcast listener friendly, jargon and BS free. In the words of W.E.B. Dubois “When you have mastered numbers, you will in fact no longer be reading numbers, any more than you read words when reading books. You will be reading meanings.”

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For some, watching paint dry, or a poke in the eye is better than dealing with their business numbers. I get it, numbers can be scary, confusing, and boring, not what your business is meant to be about. But here’s the thing. If you’re serious about your business, you need to grab hold of your numbers, and connect with them. Falling in love with them may feel weird, but at least be on friendly terms with them if you want your business to survive and thrive. Numbers make you accountable, showing you the financial impact of your successes, a route map to success and highlighting those flip-ups. Above all, learning to love & use your numbers means you have a better chance of making money, what’s not to love. Fundamentally business is there to make money. You need to make money to survive and have impact. It’s about knowing how your future is going to pan out. Bear with me as I embark on this new journey. This podcast is aimed at any business, for profit or not for profit that is looking to get more acquainted with what their numbers mean. My aim is to make this podcast listener friendly, jargon and BS free. In the words of W.E.B. Dubois “When you have mastered numbers, you will in fact no longer be reading numbers, any more than you read words when reading books. You will be reading meanings.”

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English


Episodes

Cash Flow is a big deal

9/20/2020
Cash Flow is a big deal. Everybody wants their business to survive. Everybody wants their business to grow prosperously. Cash Flow is vital for your business. Without it, your business is on a one way trip to disaster. In this weeks podcast episode of 'I Hate Numbers' I want to stress the importance of cash flow, (https://www.proactiveresolutions.com/keep-business-cash-flowing/) discuss what it is and how you successfully manage it in your business. The costs...

Duration:00:14:05

Social Enterprises are businesses

9/13/2020
Social Enterprises are pretty important businesses. There are over 100,000 social enterprises contributing £60 billion to the economy and employing two million people. In this weeks episode of ‘I Hate Numbers’ we look deeper into the what, how and form of a social enterprise. What is a social enterprise?Firstly, let's look at a working definition of a social enterprise. (https://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/social-enterprise.asp) A clear social and or environmental mission. It has a way to...

Duration:00:12:18

Choosing your Accountant

9/6/2020
How to choose your accountant is this week’s episode of I Hate Numbers. Not all accountants are created equally. Just like in any walk of life, any profession, some are more effective than others. In this podcast I'm going to share some tips with you as to how you go about making what will be a very important selection for your business, and it's going to be important because the right accountant can have a big impact on your ability to grow and move your business dial forwards....

Duration:00:13:31

What do accountants do?

8/30/2020
In this weeks episode of “I hate numbers” my topic is ‘What do accountants do’? Five headline things that accountants do, spoiler alert, money features amongst that. Making moneyMaking money (https://www.proactiveresolutions.com/more-money/) is a big business goal, if you want to move from hobby business to something more. When we talk money, we mean cash in the bank and making profit. You need a strong and vibrant number story if you want your business to prosper and to continue. Saving...

Duration:00:08:33

Dividends: What, why and how

8/23/2020
Dividends is this week’s topic of I Hate Numbers. In this podcast I am going to chat to you about the whys and what of dividends, plus the correct and legal way to pay yourself with dividends Paying yourselfIf you are your own boss, there are two main business structures that you can have. You can either be a sole trader or a company. In both cases you need to pay (https://www.proactiveresolutions.com/how-to-pay-yourself-salary-dividends-benefits/) yourself, but no dividends if you are a...

Duration:00:13:11

Personal Tax Return

8/16/2020
In this week’s episode of ‘l Hate Numbers’ I am looking at Personal tax returns. More specifically the personal tax returns you need to complete in the United Kingdom. BackgroundEvery year the tax office, shorthand self-assessment (https://www.proactiveresolutions.com/self-assessment-personal-tax-returns/), where you tell HMRC what your income and gains, and calculate the tax owing or to be repaid. As a heads up, HMRC accepting your tax return doesn’t mean they agree with it. Tax Years In...

Duration:00:15:39

Artists and Businesses working together

8/9/2020
There is a lot to be said for Artists and Businesses working together Today's topic is about artists and businesses working together. Let me share three tips about how to get the best out of that working relationship Artists working with business doesn't seem like a particularly good match. However, artists and businesses have a lot more in common, more than you may expect. As a point of order, by businesses I’m talking private commercial companies. Listen in to find out more Inspiration for...

Duration:00:08:42

Planning your Arts Event

8/2/2020
What has Planning your Arts Event got to do with business? Well, arts and businesses share a lot in common. There are differences, but also common ground between artists and private businesses. nevertheless. Artists are full of creativity and energy, delivering inspiring work for their audiences This is no different for your business, except you may use the term customers, and not audiences In this week’s podcast episode of ‘l Hate Numbers’ I share 4 tips into how arts businesses plan their...

Duration:00:13:18

Working together on your business

7/26/2020
Working together with others on your business is good for your well being, growth and bottom line. Don't forget that making money separates a hobby from a business. In this week’s episode of ‘l Hate Numbers’ I share four reasons why you should work with others. This episode was inspired from building and launching our Business Growth Club. I used the word our, because it’s me and my friend and colleague Dr Joe North (https://bigbangpartnership.co.uk/meet-jo/) who went from idea to launch on...

Duration:00:09:19

Do KPIs Matter?

7/19/2020
You may be thinking, Do KPIs mater? Absolutely, they are a big deal. If you are in business, you need to understand what is going on. This week's episode is about measuring your performance (https://www.proactiveresolutions.com/measuring-performance-in-business/), making judgements, and getting opinions. From the cradle to the grave we make judgements, we express opinions, we tell people what we think, we act, we behave from the cradle to the grave. That does not stop when you run your...

Duration:00:09:39

Your Business Growth Roadmap

7/12/2020
Building Your Business Growth Road Map is highly recommended in any business situation. This could for business growth, pivoting, or sustainability. William Hurley said this about ideas. Ideas are cheap, It is building them into profitable (https://www.proactiveresolutions.com/what-is-profit/) companies that is hard ideas. I like insects. Many are born, but few live to maturity. In this week’s episode of ‘l Hate Numbers’ I talk about the why, the what and the how of building your own...

Duration:00:11:49

Value Added Tax and your Business

7/5/2020
VAT or Value Added Tax is this week topic of I Hate Numbers. In the UK alone VAT raises (https://obr.uk/forecasts-in-depth/tax-by-tax-spend-by-spend/vat/#:~:text=In%20our%20latest%20forecast%2C%20we,per%20cent%20of%20national%20income.) £136.6 billion. This is approximately £4,800 for each household, 17% of the total UK tax take. The majority (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Value-added_tax#:~:text=As%20of%202018%2C%20166%20of,a%20sales%20tax%20system%20instead.) of countries have VAT or sales...

Duration:00:14:47

Personal & Financial Risks of Self-Employment

6/28/2020
Freedom is something that everyone looks forward to when self-employed. More time for yourself, live life on your own terms. However, just like the business and financia (https://www.proactiveresolutions.com/risks-of-self-employment/)l risks, there are personal and lifestyle risks associated with self-employment. Now do bear with us here, we aren’t talking about risk to put people off self-employment. We just want you to be aware of the risks so that you can manage them and take advantage of...

Duration:00:17:27

Risks of Self-Employment

6/21/2020
Being your own boss has a good ring to it, but there are Risks of self-employment. Making that transition to being self-employed is what millions dream about. It's filled with excitement, nerves, and a whole host of other emotions. I still remember clearly making that transition over 25 years ago. It was good decision for me, not without its mistakes, successes, highs, and lows. In this episode of I Hate Numbers I am going to run through 10 financial and business risks you are likely to face...

Duration:00:12:42

The MCP approach to business growth

6/14/2020
How do you see your business future, optimistically, pessimistically, or is the jury out? Whatever your outlook, you cannot afford to stand and be swept away by inaction. In this episode of ‘I Hate Numbers’ I talk about looking at your business future in terms of growth and using the MCP approach to driving forward and growing your business. To be fair MCP is also needed if you want your business to stand still. What is MCP?MCP is not some new medication or drug, MCP is shorthand for Mindset...

Duration:00:13:50

Tax and Your Self Employed Business

6/7/2020
If you are self-employed, you are basically your own boss. This was the topic of my podcast last week. Check it out if it you haven’t had a chance to listen to it, or need a refresher In this episode of ‘I Hate Numbers’ I talk about tax and your self-employed business. I dive deeper in this week’s podcast and look at the difference and add some numbers. Sole trader vs limited companies There are approximately 3.5 million sole traders and 1.9 million limited companies in the UK alone. It...

Duration:00:17:37

Your Business Structure

5/31/2020
When setting up a business one of the first considerations you will have to make is what business structure you should choose. The common options are whether to operate as a limited company, a sole trader, partnership, or a charity! In this episode of ‘I Hate Numbers’ I talk about the options available for choosing your business structure (also known as business form), and how to decide. Mini spoiler alert if you are your own boss then you are self-employed! Why business structure is...

Duration:00:18:06

Budgets: Your Future Business Financial Story

5/23/2020
Your Future Business Story, shorthand budget, translates and converts your business story and action plan into financial terms. Check out my previous podcast which talks about why your business plan is a smart way to map out your future story. In this episode of ‘I Hate Numbers’ I am going to be talking about developing, producing and using your budget to help turn your business dream into a closer reality Why you need a Budget Your budget is your 12-month footprint, that normally connects...

Duration:00:15:18

Planning Your Business Journey

5/15/2020
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” - Benjamin Franklin. That saying applies perfectly to business planning, or as I like to see it, planning your business journey. In this episode of ‘I Hate Numbers’ I am going to be talking about Planning your Business Journey, how to turn your business dream into a closer reality Why you need a business plan Your business plan is a smart way to map out your future story. Lots of businesses do not bother writing one, then again lots of...

Duration:00:13:41

Migration to Cloud Accounting

5/10/2020
“There is no such thing as luck. Luck is when opportunity meets preparation. Ice T “ In this podcast I talk about the steps required to migrate to Cloud Accounting. Last week’s episode talked about how Cloud Accounting connects you more easily to your numbers, navigating your business present & future with ease. Your mobile phone can double up as part of your Cloud tool kit, it also is useful for making calls! The 3 stages to Cloud Migration, Onboarding if you want, are covered, these stages...

Duration:00:15:23