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Financial Modeling Tip: How to Model One-Time Fees for SaaS Business

Even when you have a SaaS business, some of your revenues may not be recurring. For example, if you have maintenance fees or on-boarding fees, such fees will only occur sometimes. How do you then model them? Please watch our Youtube video for a detailed walk-through explaining how to model...

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Financial Modeling Tip: How to Perform Contribution Analysis

Contribution analysis is a very important part of any financial analysis. It tells you which revenue streams are more/less important when it comes to volume, level of sales, profitability, growth, and other metrics. Please watch our Youtube video for a detailed walk-through explaining how to...

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Financial Modeling Tip: How to Calculate Average Recurring Revenue

Average recurring revenue is one of the key metrics for every subscription/SaaS business. If you are not sure how to calculate, read on! Please watch our Youtube video for a detailed walk-through explaining how to calculate average recurring revenue for a SaaS business with one-month...

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Financial Modeling Tip: How to Model Selling Services on a Platform

If your startup makes money by selling services on your platform (perhaps a marketplace), you've come to the right place. Please watch our Youtube video for a detailed walk-through explaining how to model sales, even if you are pre-revenue, as well as how to formulate assumptions. Want to learn...

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Financial Modeling Tip: How to Calculate Cost by Usage Tiers

Some costs vary by volume or usage. Example: AWS costs or manufacturing costs. Also sometimes you set your prices by the company size, or the number of employees. Please watch our Youtube video for a detailed walk-through explaining how to calculate such costs (which can be applied to prices...

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Financial Modeling Tip: How to Calculate a Customer Acquisition Cost

"What is your customer acquisition cost" is the most frequent question asked by investors to startups. And a very difficult one to answer, especially if you are pre-revenue and have not yet acquired any customers. Please watch our Youtube video and find out how you can credibly estimate this...

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Financial Modeling Tip: How to Model BTB Sales Force

If you are selling through partnerships or to enterprises, you are mostly likely using salespeople to generate revenue. Do you know how to estimate those sales, especially if you are pre-revenue? Please watch our Youtube video for a detailed walk-through explaining how to model BTB sales as well...

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Financial Modeling Tip: How to Model Viral Effects for Users

All brands want to benefit from the multiplier effect when one user refers one or more new users. But how exactly do you model it, especially for a pre-revenue startup? Please watch our Youtube video for a detailed walk-through on how to model the user virality effect as well as (and very...

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Financial Modeling Tip: How to Model Word-of-Mouth

All brands want to benefit from the word-of-mouth effect which decreases user acquisition costs and also increases organic growth. But how exactly do you model it, especially for a pre-revenue startup? Please watch our Youtube video for a detailed walk-through on how to model the word-of-mouth...

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Financial Modeling Tip: How to Model a Podcast Marketing Strategy

Podcasts have become extremely important as a way to establish executives as thought leaders and raise brand awareness. It is another example of a marketing strategy which is modeled based on the size of the audience reached as opposed to the budget spent. Please watch our Youtube video for a...

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