Viewing different business scenarios and bottom-line projections in LivePlan
For Kristen, LivePlan has shown the different ways she can visualize the long-term growth of her business, based on different scenarios.
“In LivePlan, Peter walked me through graphs of how Analog could look with one barber, two, three, four, and so on and so on,” explains Kristen. “We could examine a graph that breaks down barbers, hair product sales, haircuts, beard trims. If we're off, it shows us the areas where we're off.”
Today, along with meeting Peter every other week, Kristen reviews LivePlan at least once a month, and often on a weekly basis. Together, Kristen and Peter review tasks and financials. Peter can go over the financials with Kristen, such as examining cash flow.
“You have to create a level of trust beyond the owner and advisor. I've got your back. That's the number one thing an advisor has to do. That trust is so important.”
“The way that focus develops,” says Peter, “you have to create a level of trust beyond the owner and advisor. I've got your back. That's the number one thing an advisor has to do. That trust is so important.”
LivePlan's forecasting tools help Kristen determine the impact of different decisions on the business. She can evaluate anything, such as compensation, headcount, and equipment procurement. Along with reviewing one or two forecasting scenarios, Kristen uses LivePlan to specify expenses as a percent of revenue, as well as set Cash Assumptions for AR and AP terms. As she continues to evolve her accounting, she and Peter will fine-tune forecasts in LivePlan so she can more tactically feel out potential scenarios along with her actual numbers.
“Everything is strategically planned out, so no matter what I do, I can see the impact of any move I make,” explains Kristen. “Through LivePlan, I can look into the future and see where I'm going to be. It's wonderful.”