*“…I would have, but I’m not very good at maths”.* How many times have we heard that? I love quadratic equations and differential calculus as much as the next guy…

Good news bulletin: **Simple Maths rules the business world.**

If you’re familiar with the following symbols you’ve got all the number skills you need.

**+ – x / % < > **

You only need grade school math. But, you’ve got to be quick with your numbers, know which ones matter, understand industry averages and which ratio’s to look for – top of mind. The most important of all these symbols is **%**.

Everything that matters is represented as a percentage:

**Gross margins **

**Net margins **

**Rates of interest **

**Return on investment **

**Price earnings ratios **

**Growth rates **

**Quick ratios **

**Debt to equity **

Get to know your key financial indicators. Simple tools used on the share market are your best friend even for a small start up. Fundamental analysis is always based on ratio analysis.

**Your company will only ever be what it earns** and remember these two things that entrepreneurs often forget:

*– Revenue must exceed expenditure *

*– The crocodile always gets the biggest piece!*

Now that is the kind of math I don;t mind learning 🙂