A small business can make a profit and yet keep running out of money. Profit does not mean a business has positive cash flow. It’s natural to think a profitable business has cash on hand when profit means financial gain. However, financial reports can show profit without money in the bank.
Without cash, a small business can become insolvent, unable to pay its employees and bills. In “What I’m Still Learning About Managing Cash Flow” from the NY Times, Jay Goltz explains how a company can show profit without having cash on hand.
We’re no longer at the start of the year and tax time will soon pass. After that will be a great time to put on your stethoscope to give your business an all-important physical. This exam requires taking time away from your routine to effectively gauge the progress of your company’s health and identify needed changes.
Consider this statistic from B2B Marketing: “54 percent of B2B buyers begin their buying process with informal research about business problems; nearly 80 percent of the time spent researching is done online.”
In other words, a small business website better do its job, right? Unfortunately, too many aren’t.
You have many options to get working capital for your small business to ensure you have enough cash flow. Here are common questions to ask to help you find a small business lender that best meets the needs of your company.
Budget cuts have led to some big changes for the IRS in the 2014 tax season, including fewer audits due to lack of employees. But that doesn’t give you carte blanche to claim anything and everything on your taxes. Here are some filing faux pas you should avoid to keep the tax man from knocking on your door. Continue reading →
What do business owners and new parents have in common?
Exhaustion, being constantly surrounded by people who can’t seem to anything themselves, never having enough time, and having to multitask a million different things at once every waking hour of the day. It’s no wonder business owners and new parents burn out.
Working capital is the money your business uses to pay for day-to-day expenses. Eventually, every business runs short on occasion and will need a business line of credit or working capital funding to fill in the gaps.
This post discusses how to figure working capital so you can decide if your business needs working capital funding from an outside source. Continue reading →
The good news is that we’re technically out of the recession. The bad news is, money is still not falling out of the sky.
Every business and every market goes through fluctuations. Whether it’s a competitor opening down the street or a country-wide shift in the marketplace, the tide can turn on your business at any time, and frequently does.
But there are plenty of things you can do other than grin and bear market changes. The way you structure your cash flow can make a HUGE impact on your business’ immunity to market fluctuations. Continue reading →
When you think of things that could bring down your business, you probably think about outside forces such as too few customers, rising materials costs, or overbearing government regulation. But did you know that internal cash management issues are the primary reason most businesses fail?