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Benchmarking

Have you ever wondered how your business is performing compared to your competitors? Are you spending too much on advertising or rent? Are your staff costs too high compared to sales? What is the average bottom line of your competitors?

Survival in today's business climate requires you to spend more time working ON your business rather than working IN the business. It's also important to know what is working in your business and what needs working on. This is where benchmarks can help you.

What is Benchmarking?

Benchmarking is a way of assessing your business' performance by comparison with others in your industry or related industries. While most businesses compare financial results with budgets and historical data that are internal, benchmarking lets you compare your performance against the best, average and poorer performers. It also allows you to assess where other businesses are doing things differently which may help you to improve your own business practices and results. We can generate comparative reports and graphs that are easy to understand and we spend time with you making sure that you understand your industry averages and analysis.

Benchmarking Characteristics

You can benchmark your business against a variety of characteristics including:

  • sales and turnover
  • profitability
  • overheads
  • key performance indicators such as Gross Profit, Wages to Turnover and Net Profit
  • pricing structures and fees
  • number of customers
  • staff turnover

Benchmarking is of limited value unless you use the results to improve your business. Having identified where there are weaknesses in your business, the next step is to make changes to strengthen those areas.

All business owners seek to recession proof their business and improve their profitability. The combination of value-added consulting with business intelligence software is the solution because it will produce an action plan to improve your profitability. Call us today on (03) 8361 8357 to discuss how we can benchmark your business and use the data to improve your results.

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