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The bottom line on the income statement is net income, which is the amount of profit or loss a business has made over a specific period of time. In our lemonade stand example, Ackman calculates that the business will have a net income of $170 ($800 in revenue - $530 in expenses).
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Scaling your business is a challenging but rewarding process. By reinvesting your profits back into your business, you can fuel growth and take your business to the next level. Just remember to have a solid plan in place, manage your cash flow effectively, and stay true to your core values and mi...
Return on investment (ROI) is a measure of how much money you've earned on your initial investment. It can help you understand your profit margin and make informed decisions about future investments. In our lemonade stand example, Ackman calculates that the business will have an ROI of 17% ($170 ...
Once you've incorporated your business, you'll need to raise capital to get started. This can be done by selling stock or borrowing money. As Ackman explains, selling stock means that you're selling ownership in your company. In our lemonade stand example, Ackman sold 500 shares of stock for $1 e...
To start a business, you'll need to choose a legal structure. One common option is incorporation. This means that you create a separate legal entity for your business. As Bill Ackman explains in our lemonade stand example, you'll need to file paperwork with your state and come up with a name for ...
An income statement is a financial statement that shows a company's revenue, expenses, and net income over a specific period of time. It can help you understand how much money your business is making and where that money is going. In our lemonade stand example, Ackman explains that the income sta...
Fixed assets are long-term assets that a business uses to generate revenue, such as buildings or equipment. Inventory refers to the products a business has on hand to sell to customers. In our lemonade stand example, Ackman explains that the business will need to buy a lemonade stand for $300 (a ...
A balance sheet is a financial statement that shows a company's assets, liabilities, and equity at a specific point in time. It's important to understand the balance sheet to see how your business is doing financially. In our lemonade stand example, Ackman explains that the balance sheet shows th...
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If you're new to finance and investing, you might feel overwhelmed by all the jargon and technical terms. However, understanding the basics can help you make informed decisions about your money. In this article, we'll explore the fundamentals of finance and investing using a simple example: a lemonade stand by William Ackman.
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A common mistake companies make in their business model is that they often underestimate the costs of funding the business until it becomes profitable.
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Bonus plans are pretty ubiquitous and many executive bonus structures don't use a bottom-line net income to gauge performance but instead they use figures higher up on the income statement like EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amorization).
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