Real-Life Business Case Study Scenarios
CASE STUDIES ARE a great way to really flesh out our course content and “breathe life” into our courses. Our micro courses are developed around case studies that provide a relevant way of learning to prepare you with the skills needed in the future of work. They are specifically linked to real life, real time business situations, based on real people.
We have been creating training courses since 1996 and our courses work for people with all kinds of different learning styles. Training course materials include:
- step-by-step workbooks
- exercise files
- educational demonstration videos
- knowledge review tests.
We are continuously adding content to our courses, using the ‘Micro Courses Concept’ (or, in other words, case studies). You receive access all the updates we create as part of your student enrolment whilst ever you are within your course access period.
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The EzyLearn Micro Courses
Below are some of our micro courses and case studies and the training courses they feature in.
Job Tracking and Project Costing to Measure Profitability
How much money do you really stand to make out of a project and how much has a job actually cost you?
For instance, say you want to put a garden shed in your back yard. A small, standard garden shed may cost $600 to buy. However, the actual cost of putting the shed in your garden can blow out to several thousand dollars! This is because many people require the services of a tradesperson to professionally erect the shed. In this case study scenario, we explore the business journey of a tradesperson who quotes for, and erects, the garden shed on a concrete slab.
Like most businesses, some of the products the tradesperson uses are in stock, others the tradesperson must buy for the job, and still others need to be purchased while on the job. There are rained out days and some things take longer than expected and the business owner needs to keep track of workers’ timesheets as well as cost of products used.
Learn more about this Job Tracking & Project Costing case study for cloud accounting software
Investing in a Granny Flat (for Intermediate Excel)
Australia’s property market boom saw many people explore the option of adding a granny flat to their properties.
Regional areas, like Newcastle and Wollongong, still have plenty of house and land opportunities that lend themselves to building a second dwelling on an existing block.
Sometimes a granny flat is built to house a relative (the proverbial ‘granny’ flat) but just as often they are constructed to be used as an investment to reap a higher income return from an existing property.
Our new “Investing in a Granny Flat” Micro Course is designed to give you the tools to work out the total costs, estimated return, and even expenses and tax aspects like depreciation, so you can make an educated financial calculation and decision.
Wipe Thousands Off Your Mortgage (for Advanced Excel)
Deposits, repayments, principal and interest are common terms to those managing a mortgage on the family home or investment properties, or other debts.
We have created the micro course “Wipe Thousands Off Your Mortgage” to provide loan payment formulas that are included in Microsoft Excel. This course teaches how you, with a little discipline and good use of your earnings or wages, can save thousands in interest expenses — more than double, in fact, than you have to spend.
This micro course is available as part of our Microsoft Excel Advanced Course.
Ad Hoc Payroll (for MYOB, Xero and Excel)
A ‘Micro Business’ is another name used for independent contractors who work by themselves, or with a business helper. These business often don’t follow regular payroll processing procedures because their cash flow and payment needs can be inconsistent.
We have created an “Ad Hoc Payroll” micro course which demonstrates how PAYG, Super and other payroll transactions can be managed with the use of Microsoft Excel spreadsheets rather than with complicated accounting software packages and their payroll modules.
Reconciling Bank Statements for a Messy Startup
We’ve included factors that are inherent to startups, like director’s loans, wage payments and other activities less common in an established business.
This case study was created to provide students with experience in creating journal entries and understanding what to look for when it comes to asset purchases, depreciation and transactions that contain different components of GST.
This micro course is used in the Xero Bank Reconciliation and Journal Entries (Course 513).
Use Microsoft Excel PivotTables and PivotCharts to Schedule Rooms and Staff
We had thousands of students enrolling into lots of different courses, at different times of the day and night, and our CEO wanted to know which were the most popular.
Steve created the training schedule each quarter to allocate training rooms, trainers, training resources like workbooks, floppy disks (yes that’s what they were called) and the indispensable Tim Tams. Our most popular courses back then were:
- MYOB on Saturdays
- Microsoft Excel in the evenings
- Absolute Beginners, File Management and using Email and Web Browsers during the day!
In our Microsoft Excel Advanced Training Course we use the actual live data of enrolments for 2004 (with student names and details removed, of course).
We take you through a number of different exercises to demonstrate how we made executive strategic decisions about the business based on historical data and using Pivot Tables and Pivot charts in Microsoft Excel.
Corporate Employee & Small Business Owner
Meet Jerry and join his journey as he builds up his first and subsequent businesses. We base his experiences on real life work, business and every day scenarios as we update our course content and integrate our highly popular software accounting courses with business start up ones.
Jerry is part of our online Xero training courses.
Xero Course: Quarterly Reporting, Cashflow, Budgets and Strategic Decisions
Based on the transactions in our Xero Bank Reconciliations course we follow our Corporate Executive, come small business owner, as he navigates the world of small business. We use financial information to see what can be improved, what needs to change and what is doing very well.
We look at mistakes made about funding larger capital purchases and some of the other options available to Jerry as well as other ways to improve cash flow and budgets to help run a smoother business next quarter.
In this course Jerry uses data from Xero reports to explore business opportunities like:
- Selling training courses with EzyLearn
- Being a trade agent for local tradespeople by providing a measure and quote service in exchange for a percentage of the sale value
- Using HiPages as one lead source for the above
- Studying a real estate agents course, becoming a real estate licensee and hiring a real estate agent
- Valuing a business and selling it.
Daily Transactions for Products & Services Businesses
One of the case studies we use in our popular bookkeeping training courses (MYOB, Xero & QuickBooks Online) is based on common daily transactions undertaken by any regular business.
This would include any person working in the professional services industries, and also builders and tradespeople and real estate agents or salespeople. These are the sorts of businesses which sell a combination of stock items, as well as their time.
We use the example of a VoIP telephone system provider and installer.
This particular VoIP business engages in just some of the following daily transactions:
- Buys stock of common products they sell, service and replace on a regular basis
- Keeps track of which products are most popular and provide the best profit and also which ones take a long time to sell
- Buys products from large suppliers who provide payment terms and also deliver the inventory items in an adhoc basis based on the stock they have on their own shelves
- Visits prospective prospects to understand what they need and use the software to provide quotations which are converted to orders and invoices if they get the sale
- Includes products they stock, items they buy in as well as the time of their employees to provide a full service to their clients.
- Gives their own clients payment terms, receives part payments, deposits etc and has to run Accounts Receivable Reports to see how much money is owing
- And much more!
This case study relates to any person involved in marketing, as well as tradespeople like plumbers, electricians, small builders, carpenters and others trades. It even applies to businesses which sell mainly products.
You’ll find this case study included in the following online training courses:
- Xero Beginners Training Courses and Advanced Certificate in Xero Course
- MYOB Beginners & Advanced Training Courses
- QuickBooks Online Training Courses
Get and Transform Data in Advanced Microsoft Excel Training Course
Businesses of all sizes have data coming in from EVERYWHERE. Accounting systems like Xero and MYOB keep track of actual sales while the Customer CRM software keeps track of information about prospective customers as well as existing customers. Customer Service software like ZenDesk has all the customer support records while the MailChimp email marketing system has information about customers who have opted in to receive marketing messages from you.
Some companies have a WordPress website, others have a Shopify E-Commerce shop and these content management systems have thousands of plugins that manage email marketing, CRM and Customer support functions – THIS IS WHY BUSINESSES STILL USE MICROSOFT EXCEL.
In the Get and Transform Data case study you’ll learn how to:
- Use the Power Query Editor
- Group and Filter data to make it easier to understand
- Summarise by fields
- Append one data file onto another even when one has more columns that the other
- Combine information from two columns for a bakery sales report
- Produce a sales report by order date and remove duplicates
- Merge data from related sources
- Merge property data and insurance policy data and produce a meaningful report which shows all property types that have Natural Damage included in their policy
See what is included in the Microsoft Excel Advanced Certificate Training Course
Micro Courses in Development
Releasing Equity in Your Home Loan Mortgage
Using some real life examples from the New South Wales Newcastle property market, we demonstrate how property owners in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne can use the recent increase in their homes to release equity.
We show how this can be used to to buy an investment property in a regional area like Newcastle. In many parts of Newcastle, you can still buy a house and land, carry out subdivisions, add granny flats, perform renovations and get a great solid return on your equity.
Asbestos Removal Company
Tristan had been working in the asbestos removal and demolition family business for over 10 years.
He then decided to go it alone and focus mainly on the asbestos removal side. Being trades focused, his computer skills were at a beginner level, and much of the lingo used in all aspects of accounting, office administration and marketing confused him.
We include these real-life business scenarios in more detail and in a logical order in some of our training courses.
What I like about Tristan’s business is that he does a good, thorough job for a reasonable price.
When I received quotes for asbestos testing and removal I received quotes from very slick operators who had all the fancy bells and whistles (their quote was twice as high as ABS) and I also received quotes from cowboys who I thought were just going to kick the garage down!
From such an amazing range of choices, Tristan and his team were the obvious choice for me and I’m thrilled that he has allowed us to use their business as a case study in some of our training courses.
— Steve Slisar, CEO EzyLearn
Mark, the Tradesperson, Starts his Own Business
As part of our EzyStartUp Business Course, we give you the real-life case study of Mark the Painter and Decorator.
This case study outlines the questions asked by every business owner when they first start a business: What should I do and how much should I charge?
The answers may seem simple at first. For instance, a Painter and Decorator just beginning their business might say, “I should paint and I should probably charge a low day rate”.
Delving into this a little deeper, things become more complex, with some people wanting a fixed quote, others wanting broader ‘handyperson’ help, and others expecting a Level 1 painter, complete with all of the tools and licenses for the trade.
Some jobs are small and straightforward, while others are blow out and become time consuming and fiddly; some work is complex and requires fine detail, while some work is basic and low level. Managing ones’ time and how to price different kinds of work — particularly when you may not even know what’s expected of you — becomes just one more challenge in the successful running of a painting and decorating business. And the scenario isn’t just limited to this trade.
This case study explores the use of digital and social media marketing to attract enquiries, how much to charge, and how to clearly define the work to be done, and what to do about tasks that sit outside what you might be comfortable doing.
We explore productivity tools like Google Gmail and Calendar to help manage time, improve sales and customer service, and how to manage the change in your charge-out rate depending on what clients are willing to pay in the market.
We take a look at how you can boost your credibility when starting out, so that you become seen as an authority in your field, and how to get recommendations in various social media from your current work and past jobs and any other contractors you’re working with.
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