When most people think of management accounting they think of a ‘big’ or corporate business. However, management consulting is not just for the big end of town, it is important for all businesses.
At its core management accounting is a way to look strategically at all of a business’s financial decisions. Applying planning and analysis to your incomings and outgoings will transform your business from one operating in a reactive space, to a proactive one by setting up goals for the future.
Cost And Profit Analysis
One of the most valuable things that a management accountant does for their clients is understanding the relationship between your costs and how much profit you take away from them. While we all know you need to spend money to make money, if you are spending too much, your profit margins are only going to decrease over time.
Our founder PK shares some insights into this process in this short video. He looks at a fictional café to understand their profit for the month and where the money has come from.
A budget is key to understanding how much to spend and where. A management consultant helps you understand not only where to spend your money, but where it can work best for you. For example, if a café has a budget for cakes supplied externally and at the end of the week there is too much unsold cake, then a management account would look at decreasing the spend on the cake. They would look at moving that budget spend to other areas such as staffing or more profitable menu items to grow the business.
Inventory and Pricing Decisions
Your overheads and stock must be a sustainable level for growth. A management accountant understands the importance of inventory control and will help you apply inventory management techniques. It is important to establish and apply the appropriate approach for long-term pricing decisions. Your prices must be in line with what the market can sustain and also create enough profit to allow your business to grow.
Short-term and Long-term Decision Making
The decisions we make today help build our tomorrow. If we don’t know the future goals we are working towards, it is very difficult to make the decisions today that lead to that future.
This is where the management accountant truly provides value. They can help you set your business goals and vision for the future. And then outline the financial decisions that need to be made today to make that future come true.
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