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2017 Midyear Financial Management Checklist

Leijun Campbell - Friday, June 23, 2017


 

This past Wednesday, June 21st, marked the first day of summer. Activity in your work or home office may have slowed down for the season, but this slight lull could be the perfect opportunity to review your company's progress for the first half of 2017 as well as refine your plans for the rest of the year.

Your financial management, in particular, should always be checked, measured, analyzed and refined. We will give you a few of the most crucial items to include on your midyear checklist. Keep reading for more information and be sure to let us know what you would add!

 

1. Check your prepared budget against your current spending: "Budget" may be one of the least liked, yet most important words in the business lexicon. Your business cannot survive without the creation of a budget and also the fulfillment of a budget. Bring up the documents you created at the beginning of 2017 or end of 2016 and cross-examine each category and item with what you actually spent on said items. If you're on your way to healthy year-end profit and positive cash flow, celebrate and keep pushing forward. If not, grab all of your head staff and determine what areas of spending can be cut or reduced. You still have a little over six months to turn things around, but no use in waiting.

 

2. Check your balance sheet for any missing or uncollected payments: If you are a solopreneur or small business owner, you are constantly being thrown new information about vendors and clients. Without proper systems in place for payables, receivables, bills and invoices, you can miss crucial payments and deadlines. Take time this last week of June to catch up on your balance sheets and income statements. Don't stop until each document is properly filled and all payments are made and received.

 

3. Make sure your tax documents are correct for all aspects of your business: We're just two months out of the dreaded tax season, but you cannot go wrong by trying to prepare for next year. You want to make sure no stone is left unturned with this side of financial management. Though some of you may hire an outside tax accountant for those first few months of each year, consider bringing one in for this next week just to audit your books and make sure everything is on track. You'll breathe easier knowing you have a rock-solid vision and strategy for the rest of 2017

 

Other important items for your midyear financial management checklist:

 

- Job-cost reports

- Estimates versus actuals details

- Profit/loss actuals

- Sales and marketing goals

- Customer satisfaction ratings

 

For more information on financial management, please email us today at leijun@campbellbusinessservices.com!

Financial Fridays: Positive Cash Flow

Leijun Campbell - Friday, May 19, 2017

 

We want to give you something to look forward to every week, so starting today, we are unleashing our Financial Friday series that will feature a mix of blogs, infographics and more. Keep reading for the first post!
 
The four practical processes we advocate at Campbell Business Services are financial management, operations management, talent management and sales and marketing management. Today, we want to delve a little deeper into that first process with a look at cash flow.

 


 
We'll define cash flow as "the net amount of money that comes and goes out of a business during a particular period." The positive cash flow occurs when a business has more cash at the end of a period than at the beginning. The flip side would be to have less cash at the end of a period, indicating a negative cash flow.
 
Obviously, all of us would love a positive cash at the end of each period. However, with your many responsibilities as a small business owner, you may have a tough time establishing and maintaining a positive cash flow.
 
Here are a few tips for achieving this financial management goal:
 
1. Find ways to cut, or at least reduce, your major expenses: It's hard to maintain this objective in our personal finances, let alone for our businesses. Though this process will always be easier said than done, you must figure out at least a few items to focus on that could greatly impact your cash flow. Budget as much as you can each month (of course, there will be emergencies here and there). If you find a similar vendor who can reliably provide you the same product or supplies at a more affordable, consider that option and weigh out the pros and cons on budget sheet. Results will be small when you first start this process; however, continue to refine your process until you begin seeing the impact on your cash flow that you need.
 
2. Get cash faster from customers, clients and receivables: No business wants to feel like they are a collection agency, but no business wants to be bankrupt either. Before entering agreements with customers and clients, be sure to define your payment requirements and deadlines by sending out invoices as soon as possible. You can even include a percentage discount, or incentive, for clients who pay off their debt early. This process will also keep you and your accountant from sweating at the end of the month because you won't have several unpaid invoices.
 
3. Take loans with manageable payment options: In addition to invoices to clients, your business will receive monthly billing statements if you take out loans. These payments can put a strain on expanding your cash flow because you have to always meet these obligations first to avoid strict penalties. When applying for loans, be sure to only take out the ones with reasonable terms that will give you at least a small cushion for increasing your cash flow. Though a few exceptions exist, most of these loans will come with interest after a specified time period. Paying them off early can save you money that can be put towards your cash flow.
 
We hope these tips help. Feel free to email us at leijun@campbellbusinessservices.com if you'd like more information on establishing positive cash flow. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

An Asset to Your Team - Why You Should Hire A Bookkeeper

Leijun Campbell - Wednesday, March 29, 2017



As a small business owner or solopreneur, you pride yourself on being able to handle a variety of tasks from sales to marketing to human resources. However, you occasionally find yourself in a situation that goes beyond your usual expertise such as financial management. Rather than try to push through and make some serious mistakes, consider hiring a bookkeeper who can work with you on a regular basis to make sure everything is in sync. Think of them as an asset to your team, a backup quarterback if you want to use a sports metaphor.

 

We'll give you some reasons below for bringing in a bookkeeper:

 

1. You can run your business and focus on the most crucial tasks - You have multiple customers and issues to deal with throughout the day. If you're being honest with yourself, sitting down to go over financial documents and more in-depth details at the end of every business day is nearly impossible. Even some of the best business owners and executives realize that delegation can be a lifesaver. Not only will hiring a bookkeeper save you time, they will also save you money.

 

2. Bookkeepers can be hired for specific industries - Are you a real estate or insurance agency? Do you own a restaurant or retail store? Bookkeepers understand most industries on a general level, but each one can focus on something much more specialized. Since they work for multiple clients in an industry, they often understand current trends that should be followed and obscure rules that need to be observed.

 

3. You can hire them on a contract basis or full-time - Though you need to be aware of your company's budget and resources, some of the best bookkeepers start as a contract worker and then can join the team to make your business even stronger. These contractors bring in crucial knowledge and analysis for cash balances and expenditures every week or month, allowing you to build a relationship and trust that you may not have even expected. Regardless, you will gain a better understanding of your company's financial management and be able to start planning for five years ahead rather than just the end of the month.

 

For more information on how we can help you with your financial management, email us at leijun@campbellbusinessservices.com!

 

Infographic: Four Practical Processes for Your Business

Leijun Campbell - Tuesday, September 27, 2016

 

Operations Management, Sales & Marketing, Financial Management and Talent Management are the four practical processes your business needs to establish from the beginning. See above for how these apply to your company and email leijun@campbellbusinessservices.com if we can help you in any way.

Taking Stock of What You Have: The Need for Process

Leijun Campbell - Friday, September 16, 2016

In any Small Business, there is a prevalent set of business processes that must exist for a strong foundation. These practical processes provide more than a set of rules for you and your employees, but help create and solidify the consistency, efficiency and innovation of your company.

 


 

Here are four essential examples.


1) Of course the goal of a business is to make money; therefore, you need a strong process for your Financial Management. The size of your small business/solo venture will determine how extensive this will need to be. Take the initial steps of setting up a company bank account, ordering a company credit card, choosing your bookkeeping software, creating a budget and documenting your financial procedures. Using the right technology combined with the right professionals allows you to automate this process for the most accurate results, and knowing the amount of assets, liabilities and equity your company has equips you to make smarter financial decisions.

 

2) In order to keep the cash flowing, every business needs to utilize a Sales & Marketing process to keep their name in front of potential clients/customers and service then in good standing. Develop your brand through a mix of traditional approaches and digital practices with a decidedly personal touch; your customers and clients want to know that they matter and that the information you provide benefits them beyond the product or service. For sales, create and maintain a schedule of measurable objectives, goals, benchmarks and checkpoints along with specific procedures for documenting new and current clients. However, give yourself and your sales staff the flexibility to adjust the process if something isn’t working.

 

3) At some point even the solopreneur will find the need for outside help, and for those small businesses that rely on employees, a proficient process for dealing with Talent Management will help ensure less problems. If you haven’t already, create an employee handbook and//or specific orientation process for every new hire. Provide opportunities for professional development and training as often as you can, so that all team members feel invested in the company, no matter how small or large their role actually is. Have weekly, monthly or quarterly “all-staff” meetings as well as an open door policy for feedback and evaluations. Many employees desire to know how they are performing in their position, but often feel too afraid to ask.

 

4) Finally, your company must have an exhaustive Operations Management process that makes everything flow together, bringing all of the above into your products, the who, what, when and even why to your business. Establish essential daily operation policies for employee benefits and sick leave/vacation time, create company objectives and select and cultivate healthy relationships with your vendors. If need be, hire a reliable, coachable and client-oriented operations manager.

 

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Evaluating Your Company's Financial Health: Financial Management Tips Part 2

Leijun Campbell - Thursday, August 25, 2016

Last time, we provided you a checklist of things to have in place for healthy financial management. This week, we want to continue our discussion on financial health for your business.

 

Why is it important to know your company’s overall financial health and to do checkups regularly? A good financial process will assist you in making broader financial decisions as well as day-to-day decisions.

 

 



Consider the following items when evaluating your company’s financial health:


1) Review your Profit and Loss and Balance Sheet reports – Include any additional key players on your team in these reviews. Be sure they understand these reports so they can offer input.


2) Start all monthly/quarterly meetings with a financial update - This keeps key team members in the know and helps explain targeted goals. Have a consistent time and place as well as know who really needs to be in the room for each meeting.


3) Be aware of Sales Goals and Sales Pipelines - Have these in writing with clearly defined benchmarks. Comparing sales from last year to this year can also help you keep track of any increased revenue.


4) Know the costs for your business - Have an understanding of how your company spends money and where cutbacks may be needed. Refer to your yearly budget and consult experts. Sound financial information is beneficial when you are figuring prices and selecting what vendors you can afford.


5) Continue planning for the future - You want to constantly be innovating new ways to add value to your company and customers. Know your key services and products. Keep track of the ones that are most popular/profitable and analyze why they are successful. Your documented financial management processes can also help you grow your business when you are ready to try new ventures.



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