Posts by Chia-Li Chien
Chia-Li Chien, CFP®, PMP; Exit Strategist for Women Business Owners at Value Growth Institute in Charlotte, NC. She is the award-winning author of the books: Show Me The Money and Work toward Reward and a faculty member of the American Management Association. Her blog and newsletter was named a Top Small Business Resource by the New York Times You’re the Boss blog. She can be reached at or 704-268-9378.


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How to Finance Your Retirement

By | Posted Aug 28, 2015

Are you preparing for life after employment? One of the toughest challenges most people face is adequately setting themselves up once they enter retirement. Chia-Li Chien offers her advice on how to finance your retirement and ensure that your future is secure.

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Healthy Financial Behaviors for Your Business

By | Posted Aug 12, 2015

Are you practicing the correct behaviors to keep your business financially stable? As Chia-Li Chien explains, your business is like a marriage, and if you practice the wrong behaviors it will fail. See what advice she gives on how to keep your business healthy both now and in the future.

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ROI and the Rule of 72

By | Posted Jun 2, 2015

How can you improve your ROI and company value? See how Chia-Li Chien uses the rule of 72 to improve company value and worth, and how you can as well. Learn how to get the rule of 72 to work for your company, and what you can do to get started.

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How to Leverage Your 1st Quarter 2015 Numbers

By | Posted Apr 27, 2015

Need help optimizing your company’s financial future? Chia-Li Chien outlines the numbers you need to know to reach your business goals and have a successful 2015.

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Create Favorable Conditions to Reduce Risk in Exit Timing

By | Posted Mar 11, 2015

What risks is your business taking on unnecessarily? When it comes to your company, are you doing everything you can to reduce risks to its overall welfare? Chia-Li Chien explains what types of risk there are in an exit strategy, and how you can mitigate the risks in your organization that keep you from being successful.

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When the Problem Is Not the Problem

By | Posted Mar 6, 2015

Every business encounters problems of varying degrees, but do you examine the cause of those problems well enough? Misdiagnosing the issue can harm your business without you even knowing it. Chia-Li Chien explains how to find problems before they become problems, and how to plan for the future.

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Harness Company Success in 2015

By | Posted Jan 28, 2015

How can you tell if your company has been successful or not? The most accurate way is to use numbers. Key Performance Indicators and Benchmarks can help you determine if your business has succeeded or fallen short. Chia-Li Chien explains how your company can harness success by utilizing the power of numbers. See what you can be doing to give yourself every chance at success possible.

A Succession Strategy Can Help Lead You out of the Wilderness

By | Posted Dec 12, 2014

What is your exit strategy? Do you have one? Without a succession strategy in place, it can feel like your business is working tirelessly towards an unknown goal. Implementing a succession strategy can help focus your company on a set list of goals, culminating in a profitable sale. Chia-Li Chien explains the three types of succession plans you can use, and why doing so is so important.

Realize Your Desired Business Outcome Through “Considerable Planning”

By | Posted Oct 28, 2014

Have you adequately prepared for your company’s future? Many organizations fail to properly plan for the time ahead. A company that lives day-to-day undergoes tremendous stress and unnecessary difficulty going about its business. Considerable planning should be a part of your company’s growth and survival strategy. Chia-Li Chien explains what considerable planning entails and why it is so important for sustaining value to help you realize your desired business outcomes both now and in the future.

Make Succession Strategy a Priority

By | Posted Oct 15, 2014

Does your company have a succession strategy? Many decision makers fail to recognize the value or importance of a succession plan. Chia-Li Chien details why that is a dangerous proposition with a personal account of a business that faced the consequences of operating without a plan. Learn how to keep your management in the loop for a more motivated workforce and a more transparent operation.

Meet Your Business Goals with Forecasting: Creating a Forecasting System

By | Posted Sep 8, 2014

In my previous article, How Well Do You Forecast in Business? we explored the difference between forecasting and budgeting. We […]

Budgeting vs. Forecasting: What’s the Difference?

By | Posted Aug 28, 2014 | 2 Comments

Need to learn how to speak accounting fast? Take a finance course. Investors behave differently depending on whether information is […]