Shark Accounting - Building a Business by the Numbers!
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Shark Accounting - Building a Business by the Numbers!

An introduction to management accounting for entrepreneurs and business owners.
4.6 (147 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
6,104 students enrolled
Created by Vincent Turner
Last updated 5/2014
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will learn how much you have to sell to break even.
  • The course will show you how expenses behave.
  • In this short course you will learn the four ways to increase profit.
  • The course will explain what numbers are more important that sales.
  • This will show you how to discuss your business with funding sources.
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Starting a business? Could you go up against the shark venture capitalists that want to see if you understand you numbers? This course will not only prepare you for the sharks but it will help you see how the numbers can assist you to develop a successful venture. This is not a course about debits and credits. This is a course that guides you through the process of starting a profitable and sustainable business.

The course is taught with video lectures and instructional materials. The course can be completed in two hours.

This class not only prepares you to face bankers, venture capitalists and financial advisers but it also gets your business off to the right start.

Professor Vince is available to answer your questions. He respondes to your questions and messages within 72 hours.

Who is the target audience?
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Business owners
  • Business managers
  • Business students
  • Anyone wishing to start a business
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Curriculum For This Course
17 Lectures
Welcome to Shark Accounting!
1 Lecture 01:44

If you are starting a business or thinking of starting a business, this douse is for you! This will enhance your entrepreneurial skills and make you a better business owner. This is also an insightful class for students of business and accounting. Most books and course about starting a business do not cover how the numbers work. Or they present confusing financial statements. This course shows how a business works in simple terms. It takes some accounting knowledge but you do not need to know debits and credits. If you are not familiar with the very basics of accounting, take a look at Vince's free course on Udemy entitled Accounting in 60 Minutes.

Preview 01:44
Every Business is a Chicken Dinner!
1 Lecture 04:39

Vince explains how a business works by using the analogy of a chicken dinner. You will understand at the end of this lecture why every business is a chicken dinner! Based on this chicken dinner example, you will have the template to analyze any business that you are considering starting. And you will be able to use this analogy to better manage the business that you are in.

Preview 04:39
Managinging Your Business By The Numbers
6 Lectures 18:16

Forget sales! Concentrate on contribution margin! This is the key to making business decisions. If a business just tries to increase sales, they may be frustrated that profit does not go up proportionately. This lecture will change your focus as a business person. With this knowledge you can better develop your business strategies.

Preview 04:16

Chicken Dinner on the Blackboard

Running a Chicken Dinner
3 questions

This is how a business works. You will have a new insight to how you make a profit. This insight makes you a true entrepreneur. Otherwise you are just another worker with what you think is a good idea.

The Engine of Business

Contribution Margin on the Blackboard

Operating Leverage on the Blackboard

Don't be a worker in your business! Be the owner that you are! Most small businesses are really not businesses. They are simply the place where the "owner" works. If you do not account for your time, your financial statements will be misleading and your decision making will be flawed.

Work On Your Business!
Boost Your Profit
5 Lectures 13:54

Explore the four ways to increase your profit. Which strategy should you choose? What are the risks of each? Should you increase your prices? How about reducing variable costs? Could your reduce fixed costs? And why not just get more customers?

Increase Your Profit!

If your customers are not complaining about your proces, then you are not charging enough! This is a tough lesson. As a startup company you cannot afford to be the low cost leader. Consider you price structure when developing your business plan. This lecture will show you the enormous effect of increasing your prices by a very small percent.

Why You Should Increase Your Prices!

How we make a profit can give you the tools for managing your business. A business is a dynamic entity and requires that you understand how costs behave and how profit is made. Business followed different strategies during the recent recession. Those who understood the consequences of those strategies have profited handsomely.

Profit Strategies

Post this one page example above your desk! Refer to it often!

Increase Your Price - An Example
1 page

Setting Your Price
1 page
Professional Help
1 Lecture 04:18

Accountants are often not familiar with concepts covered in this course. You need accountants for some things. What do you need them for and when should you look for other advisers? Accountants can summarize numbers, attest to statements and prepare tax returns. But if they are not familiar with how a company becomes profitable, they may not be able to give you the advice that you need.

Dealing with Accountants
1 Lecture 05:10

Cash if the oxygen of business. Don't run out! Financial statements can be confusing. And they do not give a clear picture of what is going on with cash. This lecture will show you that being profitable is not enough. You need to know how to watch your cash balance.

Cash is Oxygen
You Are Ready!
1 Lecture 05:00

Now you are prepared not only to face the sharks, but now you understand how to design a successful business!

You are Ready to Start Your Business!
A Free Ebook for You!
1 Lecture 00:00

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About the Instructor
Vincent Turner
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Vince has taught accounting, business and information technology classes for the last ten years. He holds an MSBA and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor. He has taught thousands of students and his goal is to always make complex subjects easy to understand.

Vince has always been involved in education. In addition to teaching he served as an elected community college trustee.

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