Seeing Through The Numbers

Seeing Through The Numbers
Making sense of your business numbers

The Final Episode… For Now
Jul 30 • 5 min
100 Episodes of Seeing Through the Numbers podcast is about 80 more than I even planned to do. And I thought celebrating a milestone of 100 episodes was a perfect way to end this chapter. Seeing Through The Numbers has covered some diverse topics and had…
Get To Know Your Customer
Jul 16 • 10 min
Each Quarter we put a focus on learning more about your customers. We call it Get to Know Your Customers Day! This quarter Amanda is talking about Life Time Value for your clients and how, once you know the LTV, you can use that information to up-sell,…
A time to Celebrate
Jul 9 • 10 min
Celebrating 100 Episodes of the Seeing Through The Numbers Podcast. In this episode Amanda celebrates her journey from the originally planned 12 episodes to this 100th episode.
What Do Networking and Business Numbers Have in Common?
Jul 2 • 10 min
What DO networking and business numbers have in common? Find out in this episode of the podcast where Amanda discussing the nightmares that some people have around networking and business numbers and maybe public speaking.
Coming Out of COVID
Jun 25 • 10 min
Now that most states have lifted the heavier of their restrictions, everyone is getting excited about getting “back to normal”. The problem with it is, while restrictions are still in place, that sometimes it isn’t even viable to reopen the doors while…
Simplify the Management of your Cash Flow
Jun 18 • 12 min
Have you ever worried about how you’re going to pay the bills, the wages or the rent? Have you ever been baffled when your accountant says that you’ve made a profit and you’ve got tax to pay, but yet you’ve got no money in the bank? Me too. Whilst I am an…
Talking Cash Flow on Ticker
Jun 11 • 8 min
Earlier this month is was interviewed on Ticker TV by Founder and Managing Editor, Ahron Young. I had an amazing time, despite my video connection being a bit pixelated. But I had a great discussion with Ahron about all things cash flow which is important…
Who Do You Look Up To?
Jun 4 • 10 min
Who do you look up to? This week Amanda is talking about leaders in your life and in your industry and the importance of having both people around you and people that you aspire to be like… but also taking their persona with a tiny grain of salt.
What Will You Do Differently?
May 28 • 10 min
Some time in the hopefully not too distant future we’re all going to have an opportunity to reboot our business. Reopening. Restarting. Returning. This week Amanda looks at what you’ll need to do differently in a post-COVID world… and whether or not this…
The Baseline for a Viable Business
May 21 • 10 min
Remember when you used to earn a wage and you needed to budget to ensure that your weekly, fortnightly or monthly wage covered all your costs? Well you need to do the same in business. It’s important to keep track of your expenses and make sure they stay…
Surviving COVID-19 Cash Flow Challenges
May 7 • 10 min
Amanda was running her own accounting business with many employees during the GFC. During that time she saw a massive downturn in her business which is very similar to the downturn in a lot of businesses during the COVID-19 lockdown. Today Amanda is…
Cash Flow Now and For the Future
Apr 30 • 9 min
In these challenging times it’s more important than ever to have a handle on your cash flow. At the moment there is nothing usual about business, and when restrictions are lifted, business will not be the same again. Plus you need to rebuild almost as if…
World Book Day 2020
Apr 23 • 10 min
April 23rd is World Book Day 2020 so I thought we’d have a bit of fun this week as I tell you about the 3 books that have impacted me the most in my life. Books have the power to excite us, inspire us and teach us. I’m an avid reader - my house is full of…
How Often Do You Check Your Bank Balance?
Apr 9 • 10 min
How often do you check your bank balance? This week I’ll take you through 3 modern business owners scenarios and how often they check their bank balances. I’ll cover where they go wrong and how to change your habits to reduce time wastage and reduce…
3 Core Needs of Every Modern Business Owner
Apr 2 • 11 min
What are the core needs of every modern business owner? Tune in this week as Amanda talks about the THREE core needs that could relate to any business owner but are especially relevant to the modern business owner. Not sure what a modern business owner…
Introducing the Modern Business
Mar 26 • 9 min
The Modern Business is something that probably didn’t (and most likely couldn’t) exist 5 years ago. The modern business owner therefore faces challenges that the traditional business owner doesn’t. And„ at the same time, that owner has access to…
My Top 3 Time Saving Integrations for Xero
Mar 19 • 10 min
Want to make your life and reporting easier? In this episode, I discuss my top 3 timesaving Xero integrations to help you streamline your business. Hubdoc: Harvest: Futrli: ___ Xero:…
What the heck is a Trading Statement?
Mar 12 • 10 min
What on earth is a Trading Statement? What does it tell you and do you even need to bother looking at it? A Trading Statement is often overlooked in service based businesses simply because your Xero or Cloud Accounting file isn’t set up to correctly…
Setting KPIs to monitor your trading results
Mar 5 • 10 min
Thinking you’re trading well but not entirely sure? Today I’m covering my 5 most important KPI’s to measure trading success in service and product based businesses. As well as naming them, I’ll tell you how to work them out, when you need to be tracking…
Budget VS Cash Flow
Feb 27 • 10 min
Budget vs Cash Flow. Do you need both, either or neither? Spoiler alert, neither is NOT the answer! Today I break down the differences in the Budget and the Cash Flow, why you need them and how you can use them to create your goals and make better…
How to set KPI’s for your bookkeeper
Feb 20 • 10 min
As a business owner, how on earth do you monitor what they are doing when you don’t quite understand what they are doing? This week I’ll talk about setting KPI’s for your bookkeeper to not only keep them on track but also ensure that the management of the…
It’s never too early to prepare for Easter!
Feb 6 • 10 min
Christmas was only a second ago but it really is the time to prepare for the next big break in trading which is Easter. My tips to get you prepared to either deal with the break in trade or hopefully be able to take a few weeks off over the Easter…
Data & Privacy
Jan 29 • 10 min
This week we recognised Data Privacy Day so Amanda is looking at privacy and cloud accounting. What you need to know and what you need to do around your clients data privacy. We’re not just talking business, we’re also talking about what you need to do to…
Going Above & Beyond
Jan 24 • 9 min
This week Amanda talks about going above and beyond to provide amazing service for your clients. While going above and beyond is great from a customer service perspective, does it come and a cost…
What’s your 2020 Vision?
Jan 16 • 10 min
Welcome back to Seeing Through The Numbers for 2020. In this weeks episode I’ll talk about your vision for 2020 and how you can plan ahead now to make this year your best ever.
Christmas: A Time For Reflection
Dec 26, 2019 • 10 min
It’s time to celebrate your WINS and GOOD TIMES for 2019. The high times, the small wins, the business gains, the changes. Even if they were few and far between amongst the struggles, it’s time to end the year on a positive note. Take a few minutes to…
The Emotional Rollercoaster Ride of Business
Dec 12, 2019 • 11 min
Business is a rollercoaster ride. Both the highs and lows can make or break you. Today I’m sharing my high - the hard work has paid off for me and I want to share my story with you.
Managing Cash FLow Over the Holidays
Dec 5, 2019 • 10 min
Regardless of whether you take your holidays over Christmas or at another time during the year, you need to start cash flow planning as soon as possible so you can ensure bills are covered… and that you can switch off have an enjoyable holiday without the…
Working In Noisy Places
Nov 28, 2019 • 10 min
Are you a frequent business traveller? How do you cope with noisy places - are they your inspiration or your downfall? Amanda has been on the road for the last few weeks and she talks about her experience on the road!
Make Today a Good Day
Nov 21, 2019 • 9 min
Starting your day with a positive mindset can make all the differences in the world to your day and your business. Today we’re talking about positivity in yourself and your business.
What Do Those Number Mean?
Nov 14, 2019 • 10 min
All these numbers in your cloud accounting systems are great… but what do they actually mean? It’s time to start Unscrambling Those Numbers and finding out exactly what those numbers mean - for your business, for your decisions and for your cash flow. And…
Soaring in Business | Five Stages of Business Short Series
Nov 7, 2019 • 11 min
Soaring is the best place to be in business. It’s the place where you’re business has reached the heights you dreamed it would, you have surplus cash in the bank and you have freedom to do what you need. BUT it’s all too easy when you have cash to get…
Striving in Business | Five Stages of Business Short Series
Oct 30, 2019 • 10 min
So you’ve got money in the bank, you don’t need to worry about paying the bills (in fact you can pay them as soon as they come in) and you’re feeling comfortable with a regular client base. That’s striving in business… but it’s still not a time for…
Surviving in Business | Five Stages of Business Short Series
Oct 24, 2019 • 11 min
Are you surviving in business? You’ve gone beyond stressing about money and you can pay the rent without any issues BUT your bank balance just isn’t growing. Your surviving but still not quite getting ahead…. Find out more about the 5 states here…
Do You Find Business a Struggle? | Five Stages of Business Short Series
Oct 17, 2019 • 10 min
Do you find business a bit of a struggle? Do you have just enough money to pay the bills, managing from week to week, scraping together money at the very last minute? If so, this is the episode for you! Find out more about the 5 states here…
Stressing About Business? | Five Stages of Business Short Series
Oct 10, 2019 • 9 min
In the 5 levels of business the bottom one is Stress. Are you in a position where you are constantly stressing about the state of your business? Will more income fix it? Possibly but there are a few other factors will also contribute to stress levels in…
When Enough is Enough
Oct 3, 2019 • 10 min
When customers and clients don’t pay it can be frustrating and affect your cash flow and your relationship. In this case when is enough just enough?
Keeping Track of Your Successes
Sep 26, 2019 • 10 min
Do you keep track of your successes? Time goes by so quickly and as the successes are achieved and the milestones reached, it’s all too easy to forget them.
Grab Hold Of Opportunities
Sep 19, 2019 • 10 min
Are you grabbing hold of every opportunity that comes your way? Some times taking the left of centre opportunities can lead to even greater things for your profile, your business and your cash flow.
Do you Catch or Drop a Curve Ball?
Sep 12, 2019 • 10 min
When life throws you a curve ball - how do you react? Do you catch it and run with it? Or do you do everything you can to avoid it? If you know your financial position does that allow you to better handle curve balls that come your way?
Reputation and Referrals
Sep 5, 2019 • 10 min
Are the referrals you’re giving impacting your business? When you get a referral in you have complete control over the customer service. But how do you guarantee the same when you GIVE a referral?
Why Regular Reporting Is Essential For Success
Aug 29, 2019 • 11 min
Keeping an eye on your reports on a regular basis allows you to make informed decisions for the direction of your business. Measure the Pressure in Your Business Finances via this page:
The Power of Focus
Aug 22, 2019 • 10 min
As a business owner you don’t HAVE to know how to keep the books or do the accounts, but you do need to know which numbers you need to focus on to make the best decisions for your business. Measure the Pressure in Your Business Finances via this page:…
Why Monthly Mentoring Makes a Difference
Aug 15, 2019 • 10 min
Do you ever feel like you don’t know what the numbers mean? Are you the sort of person who only looks at your numbers when the accountant gets you to sign off on something or the bookkeeper sends a quarterly report? If so, this is the episode for you.…
Feeling Overwhelmed
Aug 8, 2019 • 10 min
Are you feeling overwhelmed juggling your finances? Chances are you aren’t the only one, but chances are that overwhelm is then spreading to the rest of your business. How can you take the overwhelm out of the numbers so you can free yourself up to do the…
What’s In A Name?
Aug 1, 2019 • 10 min
This week Amanda talks all about naming. How a name isn’t just a throwaway thing, it can have a real impact on your customers perception, the message and ultimately your sales.
The Right People for the Right Task
Jul 25, 2019 • 10 min
This week Amanda talks about finding the best person for those jobs that you need to outsource in your business. Weighing up cost vs benefit and finding the right fit for your business and your budget.
Honouring Commitments to Yourself
Jul 18, 2019 • 10 min
How well do you keep commitments to yourself? And is it harder to keep those than it is to keep commitments to others? This week Amanda looks at the importance of commitments to keep the business running. Promotion: As mentioned in the podcast, I’m…
Divulging Personal Information
Jul 11, 2019 • 11 min
How much is too much when you are divulging personal information? This week is all about finding the balanced between holding back or oversharing when making connections in business. Promotion: As mentioned in the podcast, I’m currently offer the first…
My 90 Day Planning Hack
Jul 4, 2019 • 11 min
My super colourful way to plan your next 90 days! As mentioned in the podcast, I’m currently offer the first module of the Business Cash Flow Program for free. Get started » HERE
Jun 26, 2019 • 11 min
Do you celebrate little wins? It’s important to not let wins slip on by but to stop and celebrate milestones in your life and your business to keep you motivated. Promotion: As mentioned in the podcast, I’m currently offering the first module of the…
Blaming Others or Taking Responsibility
Jun 20, 2019 • 10 min
Are you taking responsibility for your actions? This week Amanda takes a look at how your attitude and actions can reflect on who does business with you.
Strategic Planning
Jun 13, 2019 • 10 min
It’s impossible to think strategically when you don’t have a business plan. This episode talks about a 5-year plan and what you need to do NOW to get to where you want to be in 5 years time.
Think Differently To Get Different Results
Jun 6, 2019 • 9 min
The only way to get a different result or outcome for your business is to think differently. In this episode Amanda shares some cracking tips on dealing with corporate clients and how thinking differently and having discussions can make a huge impact on…
Deep Dive Into Differences
May 30, 2019 • 8 min
This week is all about looking for differences in your numbers. What’s different about the numbers from last week to this week? What’s different about the numbers compared to this time last financial year? What’s changed? Differences aren’t always a…
Expect the Unexpected
May 23, 2019 • 6 min
This week Amanda was on Norfolk Island. Where she was met with the unexpected. Are you prepared for the unexpected in your business?
Deadline Driven Results
May 16, 2019 • 9 min
Some people work to deadlines - leaving everything to the last minute. And others pace themselves and spread out the work so they aren’t running around crazily the night before the due date. The same goes for bill payments… some pay straight away on…
The Power of Focus
May 8, 2019 • 10 min
Focus means many things to many people. But focus is imperative in a business to ensure that your finances don’t get out of control!
The No. 1 Mistake. Don’t Do It!
May 2, 2019 • 10 min
What’s the Number 1 Mistake people make in business? Focusing on the wrong thing. This week Amanda tells you how to avoid the mistake and what you do need to focus on.
Automate or Spreadsheet
Apr 25, 2019 • 10 min
If you’re serious about your business you should start it with a proper accounting program in place. There are some great accounting packages for start ups which are a heap cheaper than having a bookkeeper or accountant decipher your excel spreadsheet and…
Handing Over Control
Apr 16, 2019 • 11 min
Handing over control is a huge deal for anyone, especially a business owner that is used to doing everything. But delegating doesn’t always need to be a scary thing for business owners….
Training and Travelling
Apr 4, 2019 • 14 min
Continued learning is an important part of any business owners journey. And if, like me, you find yourself travelling to be taught by the very best, there are a few things you need to remember about both training and travel.
If You Don’t Understand… ASK!
Mar 27, 2019 • 14 min
So many times I hear people coming to me saying they don’t understand their year end accounts and tax returns. This is your business, if you don’t understand your numbers please ASK!
Balance or Boundaries
Mar 20, 2019 • 12 min
The age old debate about work/life balance… but IS it all about balance really? Or is it more about setting some boundaries.
Are You Upsetting Your Tribe?
Mar 13, 2019 • 12 min
Referrers, loyal customers and advocates are the people who not only support your business, they share your business. Be it via word of mouth or direct referral. You need to ensure that you’re looking after your tribe as failure to do so can have real…
Numbers Are Everywhere
Mar 6, 2019 • 11 min
Numbers are all around us. In your everyday life and in your business. The key is to not be scared of numbers and how you can use them to your advantage.
Disruption: Is Technology The Answer?
Feb 27, 2019 • 12 min
In this episode Amanda looks at a few businesses and discusses whether technology is the cause of their downturn or demise and whether technology is, in fact, the answer to a lot of growing businesses needs.
Going Solo or Seeking Help
Feb 20, 2019 • 13 min
Solopreneurs choose to work in their business alone. But if you are a solopreneur you don’t need to go through the whole journey by yourself. This week Amanda talks about the importance of mentors, advisers and friends in business.
Love is In Your Business… Or Is it?
Feb 13, 2019 • 12 min
Are you still in love with your business or is the honeymoon over? Understand your numbers and get the spark back by removing the stress that goes with the unknown.
Productivity & Profit
Feb 7, 2019 • 12 min
Is productivity blowing your budget? This week Amanda talks about the importance of tracking projects. Failure to do so can strongly impact the profit.
The New Kid On the Block
Jan 30, 2019 • 9 min
In this episode Amanda talks about what it feels like to be the new kid in a situation. And how you, as an “old kid” can help to welcome the new members!
Integrity in Agreements
Jan 23, 2019 • 12 min
In this episode of the podcast, Amanda talks about Integrity in Agreements. About how important it is to make an agreement *IN WRITING* and stick to it or do the variations properly.
Break Even for Product Based Businesses
Jan 15, 2019 • 14 min
Following on from Episode 29, this week Amanda looks at Break Even again but this time for Product Based Businesses. A must listen for anyone with physical products in their business - brick and mortar or online.
Break Even
Jan 9, 2019 • 10 min
In this episode of Seeing Through The Numbers, Amanda talks about the the #1 number that owners of service-based businesses need to know - Break Even. She’ll take you through how to determine your break even and how to make the most out of the information…
Dec 12, 2018 • 10 min
In this episode, Amanda talks about the importance of reflection in business. And, when it comes to the numbers, getting another perspective on things. In this episode Amanda talks about the Free to Focus planner from Michael Hyatt which you can find out…
Being Organised
Dec 4, 2018 • 12 min
In this episode Amanda talks about organisation. Not just in your business but especially around your numbers. Putting a system in place and maintaining that system to get a clear and accurate picture of your numbers at any moment.
Power of Restraint
Nov 28, 2018 • 16 min
In Episode 26 of Seeing Through The Numbers podcast, Amanda is talking about the Power of Restraint. Around this time of year when we are inundated with Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales it’s good to double check whether your spending is “need to have”…
Nov 21, 2018 • 14 min
In this episode Amanda talks about integrity in all your business practices. About doing what you say and communicating with clients honestly and openly.
Introverts need people too!
Nov 13, 2018 • 9 min
In this episode Amanda talks about introverts needing to have people around them; and how both introverts and extroverts need to find a balance in how they spend their days.
Kitten or Big Cat? Which one are you
Nov 7, 2018 • 6 min
In this episode, Amanda reflects on the image of a kitten looking into a mirror and seeing a big cat… are you thinking big or are you seeing the opposite and undervaluing yourself?
Being Watchful
Oct 31, 2018 • 10 min
In this episode of Seeing Through The Numbers, Amanda talks about the importance of being watchful of your immediate and greater surroundings to see things that might be affecting your business.
Oct 24, 2018 • 17 min
In this episode, Amanda talks about how important it is to connect with people in an audience as well as connecting and communicating with your team, advisers and specialists to ensure that you are all on the same page within the business.
Think Big!
Oct 17, 2018 • 12 min
All the way from New York City, Amanda talks about the theme of the event that she is attending - Think Big - and how forward thinking and planning is imperative for businesses to stay relevant and profitable.
Greg Smargiassi
Oct 10, 2018 • 29 min
In Episode 19, Greg Smargiassi from OurCFO joins Amanda to talk about the importance of engaging a CFO even as early as the start-up stage of your business. OurCFO uses their proprietary processes to make sure your business is looking forward - analysing,…
The Balance Sheet
Oct 3, 2018 • 15 min
In this episode, Amanda talks about the often misunderstood balance sheet. Amanda will break down the different elements of the balance sheet and explain the key things to look for to check the health of your business.
Setting Up Your Accounts for Management Reports
Sep 26, 2018 • 13 min
Too often accounting systems are set up to benefit the accountant but it’s imperative that you get your system providing you with management reports so you can make informed decisions about your business. In this episode Amanda talks about a simple way…
Ojdana Skovrlj from Key Accounting & Taxation
Sep 19, 2018 • 37 min
This week Amanda is talking to Ojdana Skovrlj from Key Accounting & Taxation. Ojdana has over 14 years of public practice experience working as a small business consultant, accountant and tax agent. For past 8 years, she has been running her own practice…
Cash vs Accrual Accounting
Sep 12, 2018 • 11 min
In this episode, Amanda explains the often misunderstood differences between Cash and Accrual Accounting. A must-listen for small business owners.
Roland Hanekroot
Sep 5, 2018 • 32 min
In Episode 14, Amanda speakss to Roland Hanekroot from New Perspectives. Roland is a Business-Life Coach who works with business owners to discover what their business and life could really look like and then he helps them build it. Roland is the author…
The Importance of Understanding Your Numbers
Aug 28, 2018 • 12 min
In this episode, Amanda talks about the importance of understanding your numbers and takes you through a few scenarios that she has encountered in her career.
Seeing Through The Cash Flow
Aug 22, 2018 • 14 min
In this episode, Amanda is talking about Seeing Through the Cash Flow. Amanda will talk more about cash flow forecasts and how they can assist businesses in various stages of growth or crisis. If you need assistance to see through your numbers, learn more…
Stuart Hunter from Futrli
Aug 15, 2018 • 40 min
In this episode, I’m talking with Stuart Hunter, National Head of Sales Australia and New Zealand at Futrli. Futrli is an online service where you can get all the answers about your business in one place. Their platform combines existing business data (it…
Cash Flow Forecasting
Aug 7, 2018 • 19 min
Today I’m talking about how to prepare a manual cash flow forecast for your business. This is important for a few reasons, it allows you to predict your cash at bank at the end of each month, it gives you an opportunity to review expenses (before they hit…
Jan Reeves talks getting paid
Jul 31, 2018 • 33 min
Welcome to Episode # 9 of the Seeing Through the Numbers Podcast. Today I’m talking with Jan Reeves from Jan Reeves Consulting about getting paid. Jan Reeves is the creator of GET PAID! the short small business owners course on how to get invoices paid on…
Revenue Vs Capital
Jul 23, 2018 • 17 min
Welcome to Episode # 8 of the Seeing Through the Numbers Podcast. Today I’m talking about money coming into your bank account. Money coming into your bank account is a good from your sales, or payments from clients or customers of their invoices these are…
Drew Browne from Sapience Financial & Investment Services
Jul 17, 2018 • 32 min
In this episode of Seeing Through the Numbers, I’m talking with Drew Browne from Sapience Financial about business expense insurance. Drew is a straight-talking financial adviser who believes life is not about money. He’s focused on helping small…
Expenses, Payments and Savings
Jul 9, 2018 • 18 min
Welcome to Episode # 6 of the Seeing Through the Numbers Podcast. Today I’m talking about expenses, payments and savings Whilst you do need to spend money to make money, often expenses creep in and you find if you look that you’re paying for things you…
Nick Urry from Dexterous Group
Jul 3, 2018 • 31 min
Welcome to Episode #5 of the Seeing Through the Numbers Podcast. Today I’m talking with Nick Urry from Dexterous Group about bookkeeping. Nick has worked in Finance & Operations for over 10 years across a range of sectors including Professional Services,…
Jun 19, 2018 • 20 min
Episode # 4 of the Seeing Through the Numbers Podcast is all about bookkeeping and how cloud systems like Xero have simplified this process. I started using Xero back in 2012 when it was still an unknown in Australia. At the time, I was regularly getting…
Paul Rose from Waddle talks Small Business Finance
Jun 14, 2018 • 29 min
In Ep3 of Seeing Through The Numbers podcast, I am talking with Paul Rose, Head of Sales and Distribution at Waddle about Small Business Finance. Waddle provides a modern invoice finance option via a cloud-based platform which integrates seamlessly with…
Working Capital
May 28, 2018 • 20 min
Welcome to Episode # 2 of the Seeing Through the Numbers Podcast. Today I’m talking about an issue that many businesses have, not having sufficient money to keep the business going.
Welcome to the Seeing Through the Numbers Podcast
May 28, 2018 • 14 min
Welcome to the Seeing Through the Numbers Podcast. Each week I’ll be talking about different aspects of numbers in business and interviewing experts to gain their insights on what you can do to improve your numbers. The focus of this first series is cash…
Cash Flow VS Profit
May 28, 2018 • 22 min
Today I’m talking about the question “You say I’ve made a profit, but where’s the money?”