Improving your money management can make your business more profitable!
The Big Bucks business simulation game can help to make that goal a reality

Have fun while mastering your business finances, profitably

Small business owners with limited or no accounting knowledge learn to understand and manage their own business finances better

How to play (both board game and online game)

• ‘Business partners’ take their companies on a journey around a calendar. As they go, they are faced with real-world challenges and decisions. Not only do they have to carry out day-to-day transactions but they draw cards that pose ethical dilemmas and surprises – not all of which are pleasant
• The game simulates players’ own business transactions, while introducing them to essential accounting jargon and formulae that they encounter in typical situations, so that they build confidence that they can manage their business finances profitably
• The game should be facilitated by an ‘advisor’ who is knowledgeable in accounting and who explains the financial and accounting concepts in every-day language
• As they move from day to day, the partners record the transactions between the businesses, their customers and suppliers and total up at the end of the ‘month’. The business partners produce basic financial statements. The most profitable business wins


How to Play (hard-copy rules)
How to Play (PowerPoint rules)
Money Record
Jargon sheet
Transaction model answers

Some Big Bucks users:

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“The Big Bucks simulation game is very interesting.
It simplifies business. It educates and it is fun to play. It is also very easy to understand.
I recommend it highly.”

– Nomvuyo Bengane, BizOil Institute

My Money resources:

My Money Money Record

My Money game cards

Big Bucks: Finance pricing

Standard edition – R 3,600
• Two hour in-game facilitation training,
• One complete game set
(Additional game set for non-profits).

Premium edition – R 18,000
• Facilitator certification workshop for 4 people, including:
– Two days facilitation training
– small business financial management strategy,
– relevant accounting terminology and ratios,
– mapping to GrowthWheel® focus areas,
– Online bookkeeping application on-boarding,
– Four complete game sets.

We have arrangements for:
• ESD programme providers
• Incubators and accelerators
• Small business associations
• Professional service firms
• Management consultants
• Accountants and bookkeepers
• Schools, universities, TVET colleges

We can offer you structured agreements:
• Outright purchase
• Monthly rental
• Occasional events
• Facilitated games
• Online support

Games are most effective when facilitated by people who are knowledgeable in accounting. We can help you with that

Incubators, ESD providers, small business organisations, schools, colleges and universities use the game to teach people the basics of business money management

“the game added value to our students’ basic accounting understanding – even if it only introduced them to some basic and common financial terminology.
During the game, the groups were asked to argue on the pros and cons of certain financial scenarios and these arguments supported understanding and it motivated and encouraged the significance of sound financial innovation ”

– Curriculum Manager, TSIBA ED

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