The financial plan depends on important assumptions, most of which are shown in the following table as annual assumptions. The monthly assumptions are included in the appendix. From the beginning, we recognize that collection days are critical, but not a factor we can influence easily. At least we are planning on the problem, and dealing with it. Interest rates, tax rates, and personnel burden are based on conservative assumptions.
Some of the more important underlying assumptions are:
Our projected profit and loss is shown in the following table.
As with the break-even, we are projecting very conservatively regarding cost of sales and gross margin. Initially, we will depend on our associates for most fulfillment, which is why costs should be lower than shown. We prefer to project conservatively so that we make sure we have enough cash.
We are spending less on marketing expenses due to our paid memberships with the associations. This broker has a published real estate book and organizational programs placed in the Houston Association of Realtors and also the Dallas Association of Realtors. The associations advertise these marketing tools free to this broker.
The detailed monthly projections are included in the appendix.
The following table and chart will summarize our break-even analysis. Most of our cost of fulfillment is actually the sales of the agents as well as the sales of the active broker. We don't expect to reach break-even until a few months into the business operation.
Cash flow projections are critical to our success. The monthly cash flow is shown in the illustration, with one bar representing the cash flow per month, and the other the monthly balance. The annual cash flow figures are included here and the more important detailed monthly numbers are included in the appendix.
The balance sheet in the following table shows managed but sufficient growth of net worth, and a sufficiently healthy financial position. The monthly estimates are included in the appendix.
The following table outlines some of the more important ratios from the Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers industry. The final column, Industry Profile, details specific ratios based on the industry as it is classified by the Standard Industry Classification (SIC) code, 6531.