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Making Your Funeral Home More Profitable

Making Your Funeral Home More Profitable

by Kevin Kruger

The funeral service business used to be more about service than about business. Almost all bodies were casketed and once the family picked the casket, the bulk of the funeral arrangement pricing was already determined. Many family owned businesses also had a trusted accountant or other advisor who would meet with the owners to discuss […]

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The Sledge Hammer Approach  to Business Planning in 2019

The Sledge Hammer Approach to Business Planning in 2019

by Dan Isard

A new lineup of coverage in this column for 2019, starting with cash and receivables. I am a child of television. When I was born, it was black and white, just three channels, it fed into my house through the air and perfected on the screen by how I’d twist the antenna wires. (I know, […]

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Don’t Get Blindsided

Don’t Get Blindsided

by Dan Isard

When looking to purchase another firm, a SWOT analysis is a critical step in evaluating your firm’s and your market’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Dear Dan, I recently bought a funeral home in the next town. I think I did everything right. For years, I clipped your articles, and they helped prepare me for […]

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Buying a Cemetery That Is Trusting via Surety Bonds

Buying a Cemetery That Is Trusting via Surety Bonds

by Dan Isard

If you’re buying a cemetery that has funded its merchandise trust through surety bonds, you need to understand what that means and how it affects what that cemetery is worth. Dear Dan, I want to buy a neighboring cemetery. I was doing my due diligence and learned that all of their merchandise trust is funded […]

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Finding A Bank To Finance Building A New Mausoleum

Finding A Bank To Finance Building A New Mausoleum

by Dan Isard

A cemetery is a different kind of business, so it’s not surprising that when it comes to getting their projects financed, cemeterians need to understand that and find the right sort of banker. Dear CI, I went to my bank to borrow money to build a new mausoleum. They turned me down. They said, “they […]

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