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How to Wire Money

You'd like to wire money overseas, but don't know how to do it. Learn about how to wire money in this article.

5 Ways that Businesses Measure Cash Flow

There are many ways to measure a company's success, but did you know that there are also many ways to measure those benchmarks? Here are five methods that businesses use to measure one: cash flow.

What is EBITDA?

There are many ways to analyze the financial strength of a company -- some more accurate than others. Is EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) the purest measure of a company's cash flow, or the easiest figure to fudge?

What's the difference between operating income and gross income?

When you're starting your own business, there are a lot of financial factors to consider. You can't measure your success based simply on how much you sell. All profit, you see, isn't exactly equal.

What is OIBDA?

Modern earnings reports are far more than a series of simple columns and a profit number. Today, companies try to spin their earnings, and calculating OIBDA is but one way to do it. But how accurate is this mysterious number?

10 Egregiously Bad Sports Contracts

It may not seem that way all the time, but professional athletes are generally worth every penny they make -- except when agents and general managers hand out overpriced contracts like candy. Here are 10 of the worst.

10 Great Moments in Corporate Malfeasance

Want to make lots of money? What are you willing to do for it? Some people work hard and network their way to the top; others lie, cheat, steal and trample over the rights of ordinary people. Here are 10 egregious examples of corporate malfeasance.

Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs

In her mid-40s, Mary Kay Ash left her sexist workplace, put together a small savings and launched a cosmetics empire. Such million-dollar ideas are few and far between, but most are studies in perseverance. What are 10 of the best?

10 Restaurant Chains That Flopped

If you're hungry for a Lums steamed hotdog or some Chi-Chi's nachos, too bad. Those chains no longer exist. Maybe that's bound to happen when, say, two guys from Minnesota with Scottish-sounding names try to open up a Mexican restaurant chain?

10 Recession-proof Businesses

During an economic downturn, job seekers look for businesses that are likely to weather the storm. But is any business truly recession-proof?

How CEOs Work

It's unlikely that your company's CEO knows your name, but you certainly know his or hers. What is it about the chief executive officer that strikes fear into so many employees' hearts? Is it paycheck envy, or something more?

How Payroll Systems Work

You already have plenty to do to keep your business running. How will you keep track of who gets paid and how much tax is withheld? What do payroll systems do?

How Sales Forecasting Works

A CEO and a ship's captain are both required to provide leadership and guidance. A ship's captain relies on navigational charts for guidance. What does a CEO use to improve sales?

How has technology changed the way we conduct business?

Wireless devices enable workaholics to work while they vacation at the beach and slackers to slack, surfing the Internet at the office. How else does technology affect the way we work?

Can online scheduling services save time and money?

Online services are popular, but how useful are they? Can electronic scheduling really improve a company's productivity and save it time and money?

Why are businesses investing in online project management?

It's no surprise that companies are looking for new ways to keep their employees on task. So why are so many organizations turning to the Internet to do it?

Is online collaboration the future of how companies do business?

Globalization is a hot word in the business world. Today you've got to be able to do business world-wide. So how do you work with people on the other side of the globe?

How Six Sigma Works

Motorola revolutionized business with its Six Sigma quality improvement program. What does it take to become a Six Sigma Black Belt? And what does a Black Belt do?

How Outsourcing Works

Many companies are outsourcing manufacturing and services to combat rising business costs. See how outsourcing works.

How Customer Relations Programs Work

Customer relations has evolved with e-mail and online advertising. Learn about customer relations programs in this article.

How Inventory Management Systems Work

Retailers replenish stock with automatic programs. Learn how inventory management systems work.

How Customer Service Works

How do you make the customers feel like they are always right, and keep your employees sane and productive? Read on to find out what goes in to successful customer service operations.

How Business Accounting Works

Running your own business is not a simple task, and perhaps one of the most difficult parts is dealing with the finances -- money coming in, money going out... Find out all about small business accounting.