Budgeting

Out of Control Expenses

Expenses are one of those things that sneak up on us. For a few months everything may seem reasonable, but suddenly everything seems to change for the worse and you have out of control expenses. You’ve probably experienced this on a personal level. You may find yourself asking, Read the rest of this entry »

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The Danger of Seasonality

Having just recently ended the Christmas season and the madness this creates in retail serves as a reminder of how difficult it is to be profitable. This difficulty is even greater when a business has high seasonality. Read the rest of this entry »

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3 Ways to Cut Costs

A recent article about cost cutting and some of the reasons the process failed struck me as useless as far as providing real guidance on cutting costs. The focus seemed somewhat generic with such observations as:

  • It’s getting harder to cut costs (No kidding? Companies have already done significant trimming in response to the economy. But, how does knowing it is harder to cut costs help?)
  • It is difficulty to maintain cost cuts. (Again, no kidding? Although a few suggestions were offered, there was really nothing new that didn’t itself present something else to be maintained)

So, let’s take another look.

Is That Really Needed?

The one helpful thing this article did offer was the old idea of Read the rest of this entry »

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Are All Those Expenditures Necessary?

If you own a house, unless you are unlike most people you find after a fair amount of time that clutter appears. Interestingly, when you decide to do something about it the initial reaction can be a feeling of being overwhelmed. That is why one of the recommended ways to reduce stress is to de-clutter. Likewise, clutter is something that creeps into every business at some point, especially when it comes to unnecessary expenditures.

Paper Everywhere

A typical area a business becomes cluttered is with paperwork. When it comes to records, the same thing can happen with Read the rest of this entry »

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Accounting is Boring – Unless

Do you think accounting is boring? It can be unless you get past the numbers. Earlier in 5 Reasons to Keep Accounting Current we looked at the importance of good and current accounting records. I am convinced that one reason this is often a problem is that it frequently is viewed as a necessary evil. Well I would consider that boring as well. In fact, when I did think that way it was boring. Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Reasons to Keep Accounting Current

Accounting is one of those areas that can get put on the back burner. That can be a very serious mistake. This posting is highly relevant to start-ups, but applies more to some small businesses that have existed for a long time than you might imagine. Although there are certainly more than five reasons to keep accounting current, here are five that I believe are critical.

Legal Obligations

You will undoubtedly need correct financial information to have Read the rest of this entry »

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Excessive Debt

If you have not already heard, the city of Detroit, Michigan is planning to default on a large portion of its debt and probably reduce pension payouts. So what is the lesson for your business?

Borrow Carefully

There are times when a business really does need to borrow to continue growing. However, there are also times when a business may borrow for the wrong reasons. In the case of Detroit and many other municipalities, commitments were likely made that far exceeded reasonable expectations of tax collections. One reason this could have happened was to avoid the Read the rest of this entry »

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Budget, Spending Plan or Rolling Forecast?

In essence a budget is an estimate of expected income and expenditures over a specific period of time. The level of detail varies from company to company. Budgets may be created for a month, year, or even several years. Let’s face it though, when attempting to budget several years out the reality is very suspect, especially with how fast things change now. Also, I’m amazed at how often a lot of time may be devoted to preparing a budget, only to find it is never really used.

Another problem with budgets is that they can sometimes be unrealistic for several reasons. One, it could be just the Read the rest of this entry »

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Simplified Management Accounting

If you are not specifically an accountant but have responsibility for managing profit, what should you know about management accounting? Before we get into this, let’s first look at a definition.

Management Accounting

First let’s get a working definition of management accounting.  In a nutshell it is the providing to and use of accounting information by management. It is important to realize this information may be used by both those with an accounting background and those without that background. Therein lays the problem that should be Read the rest of this entry »

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Unsustainable

Unsustainable

Author Chris S – Your Small Business CFO

Unsustainable – It’s a word with such a negative connotation. It also is a word heard often in regards to the debt of the United States and the on-going out-of-control spending. But what does that have to do with business? Before we look at that let’s first Read the rest of this entry »

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