A first chance to serve in a senior role by reviewing returns… thought I did a great job until it came back a sea of red. [Read more…]
If you’re starting a service business, you may have concluded that it makes sense for you to charge a retainer up-front. When dealing with small business or individuals, charging a retainer can help you make sure you don’t get stuck with invoices you have trouble getting paid. Maybe your clients ran out of cash unexpectedly or maybe they decided the agreed upon work wasn’t actually what they wanted and refused to pay. In any case, work you perform has a cost associated with it so covering yourself to prevent losing money on deals is a top priority. If you can’t collect more cash than you spend, your business will face certain death, no matter how popular your offering. [Read more…]
I asked a bunch of accountants about their favorite financial calculator and this is what they said*: [Read more…]
Someone recently sent me a question asking about tips for managing finances for small business owners looking to expand. Small business owners looking to expand face the same fundamental finance problem any other business faces – how to invest in your business while making sure you have enough cash to pay your bills.
You might think that sounds obvious, but if it was so straightforward we wouldn’t have 50% of businesses failing by year 4. Businesses fail for one reason – they run out of money. Unfortunately, running out of money is a symptom of many possible problems and doesn’t necessarily indicate mismanagement of finances.