HOW TO TALK ABOUT PROBLEMS AND DIFFICULTIES
Life is not a bed of roses, there are times when we need to face some difficulties. Some of them are small, some are much more important. How to talk about problems?
SNAG – a problem, especially a small one, hidden or unexpected
We hit a snag – we couldn’t pay for the shopping because there was not enough funds on the bank account.
SETBACK – a problem that delays or prevents something, makes the situation worse
The company suffered a major setback when it hadn’t been granted credit.
GLITCH – a problem that stops something working successfully
A few technical glitches made us put off the launch of our new product.
MORE IMPORTANT DIFFICULTIES:
STUMBLING BLOCK – a problem that prevents action or agreement.
Conflict within a team is often a stumbling block to positive cooperation.
PITFALL – an unexpected difficulty (often in plural – pitfalls)
There are many pitfalls while buying a house.
OBSTACLE – stops progress
A lack of qualifications can be a major obstacle to finding a job.
IMPEDIMENT – prevents free action, progress or movement
The level of red tape is a serious impediment to set up a new company in Russia.
DILEMMA – a situation which makes problems and you have to make a choice between things of equal importance
Job seekers face the dilemma of unsatisfying job against the risk of long-term unemployment.
ORDEAL – a severe experience, which is very difficult, painful or tiring
The refugees talked about the terrible ordeal they had been through due to the war.
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What is Master Budget?
it is a strategy that documents expected future sales, productions levels, purchases, future expenses incurred, capital investments, etc.
Find out how to calculate Master Budget
Read the text:
How to prepare a master budget? Start with your sales.
Match the words in bold with their definitions below:
check your answers below.
master budget - budżet łączny
expected sales - przewidywana sprzedaż
purchases - zakupy
expenses incurred - poniesione wydatki/nakłady pieniężne
to estimate - oszacować
direct labor - koszty bezpośrednie robocizny
overheads - koszty ogólne, pośrednie
cash flows - przepływy pieniężne
financial statements - sprawozdania finansowe np.: bilans, RZiS
1. financial statements, 2. generate, 3. quantity, 4. cash flows, 5. inflows, 6. estimate
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Collocations for Key Business Words
What is a collocation?
It’s a pair of group of words that often go together. They can be made of a verb + noun (set up a business), adjective + noun (direct costs), noun + noun (market leader). You should learn how words combine to sound natural and be more fluent in English.
Collocations for key business words – Verb + …
Verb + a COMPANY
Set up / establish / start a company
The company was established in 1997.
Buy / take over / acquire a company
We are planning to take over our main competitor.
Leave / resign from a company
She resigned from a company because she found a better job.
Manage / run a company
We have been running our company since 2001.
Verb + a CONTRACT / an AGREEMENT
Change / alter / amend a contract
We will have to amend the contract as our situation has changed.
Break / breach a contract
They breach the contract and didn’t supply the goods on time.
Negotiate a contract
The company needs to renegotiate the contract with its suppliers.
Draw up / prepare a contract
I won’t be able to draw up the contract by the weekend.
Enter into / conclude / make a contract
We concluded the agreement on 21st May.
Renew / prolong a contract
They wish to renew the contract.
Terminate a contract
Because our supplier doesn’t meet the provisions of the contract, we need to terminate it.
Verb + COSTS
Bring down / cut / reduce costs
The costs are too high and we need to cut them.
Who will cover the costs of transportation?
The company incurred costs associated with retraining its stuff.
Pay / meet costs
We will have to pay the costs of new software implementation.
Verb + a CUSTOMER / a CLIENT
Attract a customer
What can we do to attract new customers?
Deal with a customer
My main responsibility is to deal with customers and meet their needs.
Look after / take care of a customer
In our company we really look after our customers.
Lose a customer
We can’t afford to lose this client.
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