With the COVID-19 issues, business for many is slowing down (or shut down completely). At the end of the day, cash flow is what matters most. Will you have enough cash to meet your operating expenses and payroll obligations? For how long?
For our clients we can quickly answer that question. We can even model different income/expense scenarios up to 18 months out. What if I reduce a certain expense? What if I furlough an employee? What if our sales drop to $X? If you wait until cash is too low, you are in trouble. Running your business can be like steering a barge down a river. It takes time for implemented changes to have a substantial impact, so it’s important to look ahead.
Our process is straightforward, yet 90% of small business owners aren’t getting this type of service from their accountant/bookkeeper:
Step 1: Create an annual operating budget. We’ll help you, it’s not as daunting as it sounds. If you’ve been in business a year, last year’s expenses are a starting point.
Step 2: Keep up-to-date books. You need consistently current books. Your books tell your numbers, and your numbers tell the story of your business. They tell us what’s working in your business and what needs improvement. Numbers don’t lie, they are the acid test of your business.
Step 3: Monthly dashboard. Did your accountant provide financial each month in the past, but they didn’t really help you? We provide a monthly dashboard report to go through your numbers and make them relevant for you so you can make actionable decisions. It will show your cash flow trends. It will show you the impact of your decisions today on your cash flow months down the road.
Step 4: Quarterly strategy calls. We do a quarterly Zoom call with our clients to see where we can support them, help them answer financial questions or concerns, and be a long term partner to help their business be successful.
If you don’t have this type of relationship with your accountant or bookkeeper, we would love to have a conversation to see if we can help be a partner to you in your business. We work with both in our backyard in the Twin Cities Metro, as well as all over the United States. Our paperless process makes geography a non-issue.
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