Overview: Basic Financial Managment

Basic Financial Management is a course developed for small business owners and managers and anyone else who needs to read, understand, and analyze financial statements to make better-informed business decisions.

Financial statement analysis is used to find out what is right or wrong with a company’s financial operations and why. Financial statements become so much more informative when the user analyzes the relationships of particular accounts or groups of accounts in those statements. The information is further enhanced if these analyses are compared over a series of years or to benchmark norms developed from financial statements of a representative sample of several companies in the same industry.

Learning Objectives:

Overview of Cash vs. Accrual Methods of Accounting

  • What Is the Difference?
  • When Is Each Appropriate?

Review of the Basic Financial Statements

  • Balance Sheet
  • Income Statement
  • Cash Flow Statement

Analyzing Financial Statements for Management Decision-Making

  • Ratio Analysis
  • Assessing the Company’s Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Break-Even Analysis