Introduction Small business accounting has a steep learning curve. Unless you happen to have a background in accounting, you’re likely to spend hours upon hours studying the subject –and countless more hours trying to get the hang of its applications. Now, you could...
What are some common cash flow problems, and why are they important to you? Simply put, a business encounters cash flow problems when they’re unable to pay for their liabilities.
Forecasting the future of your business is important work. Whether it’s predicting peak seasons for your sales, anticipating price hikes, or projecting the outcomes of a major shift in strategy, peering ahead is a core part of running an enterprise.
Let’s face it: unless you’re really enthusiastic about Math, a good old pen and paper won’t do you much good in sorting your business’ finances. In between keeping track of your cash flow and figuring out how much you’re profiting from your service, you need to be smart about small business accounting.
Your business’ finances are likely to be complex. You have to consider things like the costs of doing business, your pricing strategies, and taxes. Without a clear idea of how your business runs financially, you can expect your returns to be inconsistent at best, and imaginary if you remain in the dark.
Cash flow analysis is a common hurdle business owners face, especially in the trades industry. It’s a common suggestion, brought up when a business isn’t earning enough money –or any money at all– and owners need to know why.
Those why’s can be answered through a closer look at a business’ cash flow.
Take a moment to imagine the following: your clients’ dues are set to come in by the end of the month, but rent is due in a few days. Perhaps the recent order to restock your inventory has arrived, but the income you were counting on for disbursements is not liquid...