Accurate financial forecasts are hard to come by in this economy, but they can be essential for charting a course. Consulting firm Treasury Strategies says the "80/20 rule" can help: 80% of the company's income will most likely come from 20% of its business. Focusing on that 20% can help a business use its resources more effectively and produce a more accurate projection of things to come, a principal with the firm says.

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