Running a business means you wear many hats and have a lot on your plate to deal with.
That said the biggest focus should be on how your business is doing financially. If you lose focus here, you could in fact end up losing your business if not careful.
So, how up to speed are you on your business finances?
Don’t Let Financial Issues Cost You Your Business
In looking at the impact various financial matters can have on your business, here are a few to focus on:
1. Bringing in enough revenue – How good of a job are you doing bringing in revenue? If you have been in business for a few years now, it is wise to compare revenue numbers from prior years. This can give you a good sense of if your business is headed in the right or wrong direction. If you see indications that revenue is heading south, you can at least be aware of it and try to turn things around. Figure out if it is only your business having financial issues or more a sense of the industry you are in. If the former, you need to put a stop to the bleeding sooner than later.
2. Knowing the financial rules you face – From taxes to commission revenues, be up to speed on rules you face. For instance, if someone asked you what is ASC 606, could you answer that question rather quick? ASC 606 involves the accounting of commissions and how they are tracked and reported. Things like this you need to be aware of and any changes that come with it. This is why having a top-notch accountant for your business proves crucial. Small financial mistakes at a company can oftentimes be overcome. What you do not want to have happen is having major ones put you on the brink.
3. Erasing debt – One of the worst things you can have hanging over your head as a business owner is a large amount of debt. With that being the case; are you dealing with sizable debt? If so, are you taking any action to deal with it? Not dealing with it can leave you in financial rough waters for years to come. An example here would be credit card debt. While it is fine to use a business credit card for some needs, do not rely on it all too often. If you do, you could see that balance become rather high in a short amount of time. In the event you only pay the minimum each month, think of those interest fees. Those fees are in essence like throwing money out the window. This is why using cash more often and paying down any credit card debt makes a lot more sense. If you do have sizable credit card debt, look to see about doing a balance transfer. You may discover another bank with better financing rates.
As you go about reviewing your company finances, be sure to look for any red flags.
If you find red flags with your finances, do all you can to lower them.
About the Author: Dave Thomas covers business topics on the web.