Dan Bowser

Position: Bottom Line

Email: bowser@businessvaluesinsights.com

Warning signs: Avoid Titanic’s fate – watch out

In 1997, Hollywood gave us a dramatic view of the crash of the unsinkable Titanic. Last month, the movie was re-released in 3-D. In a recent blog for the Harvard Business Review, Mark Bonchek made...

DATE: May 15, 2012 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

Know what your cash flow is telling you

The term “cash flow” is one of the most misunderstood financial terms. To some extent, this is because there are several definitions. Among the many uses are simple cash flow, operating cash flow,...

DATE: March 20, 2012 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

When money talks, fluency in prices tells you a lot

Most business people believe there are two basic components in any business transaction – the product or service and the price. Many also believe that price is the most important component...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2012 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

Never too early to plan ahead for exiting business

Exit planning is the process of building the value of a business for an ultimate owner exit. Part of the process involves developing a description of the universe of prospective purchasers. Before...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2012 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

Be sure to know when you have reached success

I recently finished reading Fortune & Freedom: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Success by Jim Hirshfield. I not only enjoyed the book, I thought it was spot on in discussing an entrepreneur’s life from...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2011 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

Managing the inevitable business exit

There are seven ways to leave your business. In ascending order of general desirability, they are death or disability, bankruptcy, liquidation, sell a job, transfer to a family member or key...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2011 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

Act thoughtfully on what you can control

Anxiety is that range of distress which attends willing what cannot be willed.– Leslie H. FarberFarber’s quotation is another way of stating the advice I learned long ago: “Work on those things you...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2011 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

An accurate balance sheet illuminates effort

What is the single-most important tool needed to make sound decisions and run your business well? Without a doubt, the answer is accurate, timely financial records. Without them, owners aren’t...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2011 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

Don’t let bias skew advice about business

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal about bias reported financial incentives and personal bias influence the outcomes of medical clinical trials, independent financial auditor relationships...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2011 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

When selling your business, be realistic, ready

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal contained some interesting, but possibly misleading, information regarding the sales of small businesses.The information primarily came from...

DATE: July 19, 2011 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

Like stocks, know when and how to sell a business

Not too many years ago, it was rare to talk to business owners about selling or exiting their business until they were in their 60s or even their 70s.That has changed. This is partially because...

DATE: June 21, 2011 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

A dream business should have goals you can measure

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal addressed people who open a business as the answer to a dream. Most of us have that dream from time to time.Some move from fantasizing to implementing....

DATE: May 24, 2011 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

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