Dashboards and Financial Reports for Growing Franchises
By: Dean Dorton | February 16, 2022
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Tracking financial performance becomes more important as franchises grow- and more difficult. Use dashboards and financial reports to understand everything, easily.
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The Best Way to Manage Financial Performance for Franchises
One of the most compelling reasons to open a franchise is the opportunity to scale quickly. With a viable business model already established, franchise owners can focus on opening locations anywhere and everywhere the market supports them. For entrepreneurs with big ambitions, franchises offer a unique opportunity to hit the ground running.
But there’s a downside too. Whenever a business grows rapidly and operates across multiple locations, managing that business becomes vastly more complex. Franchise owners need to understand how each location is doing within the context of overall business performance. Sound financial decision-making depends on knowing how the pieces affect the whole – and the more pieces there are, the more confusing things get.
With each new location that opens, franchise owners have to collect, integrate, and analyze more data just to understand the fundamentals of business performance. It can get exhausting. And since much of the data entry and integration happens manually, errors are inevitable.
Managing all the financial data for a growing franchise business can be challenging, frustrating, or even unsustainable. Worse, successful businesses want to focus on planning and preparing for the next expansion, not on getting the data in order. That’s why savvy franchise owners use dashboards and financial reports.
New Tools for Decision Making
Dashboards collect key performance indicators (KPIs) in one location and update them automatically. Like the automotive equivalent, dashboards provide a snapshot of business performance at any given moment.
Financial reports are documents that include data, metrics, analysis, and visualizations designed to answer certain questions or illustrate specific trends. Compared to dashboards, financial reports are more flexible and in-depth.
Both of these tools working in tandem make it perfectly clear how a franchise business is doing, whether it’s one location or one hundred. Dashboards put the most accurate, updated, and important numbers in front of decision makers every day. Meanwhile, financial reports offer a detailed and nuanced look into whatever aspects of financial performance merit exploration.
A Shortcut to Clarity
Dashboards and financial reports don’t just illustrate financial information. They also do the extensive work necessary to analyze the data.
Instead of manually updating metrics, franchise owners can rely on dashboards to find the updates automatically. And with financial reporting tools, creating detailed documents is as simple as indicating what data to include. Time that used to go into managing data can now be redirected towards better purposes. Namely, using an insightful understanding of finance and accounting to navigate a business through turbulence and towards prosperity.
Franchises are better-equipped to expand with dashboards and financial reports in their toolkit. Dean Dorton can add those assets, along with the resources to maximize how they benefit a business. Don’t let inefficiency and uncertainty constrain your growth. Instead, unleash your full potential using dashboards and financial reports as your guide. Contact us to get started.
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