Budgeting Basics and Beyond 3rd Edition
Better budgets can boost your department and your career to higher levels of performance and success. Savvy executives use the budgeting process to take stock of their direction, refine their goals, and share their mission with their staff. Their budgeting reveals their position in the market, places untapped resources at their command, and motivates all employees to greater levels of productivity. They use their budgets to propel them towards the top of their industry. This book will show you how to get there.
Budgeting Basics and Beyond shows you how the budget can be your most powerful tool for strategy and communications. It points out that the budget brings into stark relief all of the factors that every manager must consider, such as industry conditions, competition, degree of risk, stability of operations, capacity limitations, pricing policies, turnover rates in assets, production conditions, product line and service considerations, inventory balances and condition, trends in the marketplace, number of employees and their technical abilities, availability and cost of raw materials, available physical resources, technological considerations, economy, and political aspects. Then it uncovers the role each of those factors plays in achieving your corporate goals. And since those goals cannot be achieved single-handedly, this book suggests ways to use the budget to help each employee appreciate how they will contribute to the division’s profitability.
Aside from playing a vital role in creating and achieving a sound business strategy, this book shows how budgets can increase your effectiveness every day of the week. In particular, it delivers these on-the-job budgeting tools:
Techniques for preparing more accurate, realistic, and reliable estimates
Control and variance analysis devices that signal revenue, cost, and operations thresholds
Pricing guidelines for products and services
Planning and scheduling production and related costs
Profit planning and identifying looming problems
Financial models that show the relationship among all facets of the business
Spreadsheet applications for planning, budgeting, and control purposes
Implication of active financial planning software
Sales and financial forecasting methodology
Balanced Scorecard and performance metrics
We follow the example of each of these tools with examples of how you can use them to make a difference in your work right away. And we use step-by-step guidelines to pinpoint what to look for, what to watch for, what to do, how to do it, and how to apply it on the job. Through step-by-step illustration, we show how you can put these tools to use.
We hope that you will keep Budgeting Basics and Beyond handy for easy, quick reference and daily use.
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