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What Startup Metrics Should I Track?
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What Startup Metrics Should I Track?

Business owners who succeed at meeting their goals have one common thread: They all track their progress towards their goals. And, to do that well, they need to know what metrics and data they should track and what they can safely ignore.

How to Build a Business Dashboard
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How to Build a Business Dashboard

I’m an impatient person. I want to know what’s going on with my business without having to wait for other people to pull reports, summarize data, update spreadsheets, and build presentations. And, frankly, all that activity wastes a ton of time. Yes, it’s critical to know what’s going on in my business, but the number… Read more »

Inbox Zero: Your Guide to Email Zen
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Inbox Zero: Your Guide to Email Zen

If you struggle to get your email inbox to that zen place where it says “0 unread messages”, you’re not alone. Here are nine tips you can use to become one with your email. You don’t even have to fold your legs into the lotus position first.

What Is Cash Flow? Metrics in a Minute
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What Is Cash Flow? Metrics in a Minute

Quick definition: Cash flow measures the money—the actual dollars or pesos or yen—that is moving in and out of your bank accounts. Cash that you pay out is negative cash flow and cash that comes in to your business is positive cash flow. The details: To state the obvious, cash is critical to running a… Read more »

What Are Direct Costs? Metrics in a Minute
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What Are Direct Costs? Metrics in a Minute

Quick Definition of Direct Costs: Direct costs (also known as Costs of Goods Sold—COGS) are the costs that can be completely attributed to the production of a specific product or service. These costs include the cost of materials used to create the product and potentially any labor costs that are exclusively used to create the… Read more »

What Is Operating Margin? Metrics in a Minute
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What Is Operating Margin? Metrics in a Minute

Operating income is your company’s earnings before interest and tax expenses, also called EBIT. To calculate your operating income, just subtract your expenses (excluding taxes and interest) from your revenue.