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Small Business Finances

Cash flow is the beating heart of a business, so it is absolutely vital that you keep on top it. Without a good cash flow, a business’ chance of survival decreases immensely. Whether you are self-employed or run a small business, having a decent flow of cash will keep your business alive. Forecasting your cash flow can be hugely beneficial to small businesses, as it helps you give you a good idea of your finances. It can be a time-consuming process, however it is essential.

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Cash flow is the term for the money that flows in and out of your business. From petty cash to business capital, cash is what keeps small businesses alive. While it is usually measured monthly, quarterly or annually, your cash flow should always be at the forefront of your mind.
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The road to success for any start-up is undoubtedly tough. Couple this with the fact that around 50% of all small businesses fail in the first five years, with the figure rising to an astronomical 90% for tech start-ups, and the picture starts to look somewhat bleak. However this shouldn’t be a discouragement, instead, it should be a call to organise your business operations well from the beginning so that it’s addressing issues before they can cause real problems.
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Investing in one’s own business comes with a high risk of not achieving the expected results. The level of competition in the UK’s market is high: since 2015, more than 500,000 start-ups have been launched every year. In the first six months of 2018, more than 300,000 new companies have been registered.

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Accounting responsibilities can take up a lot of time so you might be hesitant to invest more time into finding and getting to grips with accounting software. Dealing with business accounts can be stressful, however accounting software can take away some of that pressure by doing most of the work for you.

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Entrepreneurship is an exciting journey, however, it isn’t a smooth ride. There are challenging speed bumps along the way and you don’t have the luxury of getting a fixed amount of money every month. With all your focus on setting up a successful and profitable business, you might forget about securing your financial future.
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According to a recent survey, 49% of all nurseries in England do not make profits. This may come as a surprise to many parents who believe childcare costs are too high. Not only this, but a recent article by the National Day Nursery Association (NDNA) also stated that nurseries are now closing ahead of 30 hours due to low funding and wider business pressures.

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Whether you are a start-up or an established business, efficient money management should be a core value.  That means planning, organising, controlling and monitoring all financial resources, all of the time.  The business world changes hour by hour, what was working well last week isn’t necessarily doing so this week.  Effective management of company money means you are making the best use of your resources, it will make and keep your company competitive, ensure that your stakeholders get optimum rewards and lay a solid foundation for future stability.
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One of the main benefits of cloud accounting software is that your business accounts can be accessed from anywhere and at any time. The capability to update data in real time for extra speed, accuracy and efficiency in accounting will enhance the company’s performance as a result.
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Pensions remain one of the last remaining significant tax breaks available to contractors, freelancers and business owners. And with the sweeping changes to the flexibility surrounding how you access your pension, there has never been a better time to invest. There are a variety of pensions for directors of limited company and contractors available.
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Keeping on top of your finances is one of the biggest causes of stress for small business owners, as the financial position of a business can really be the make or break point for the future of it. There are many challenges that small business owners face, from building a customer base to being a supervisor or creating and delivering good quality products. As a business owner, you will need to wear multiple hats in order to keep the business running. However, managing your finances may be of particular importance to the livelihood of your small business.

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For businesses, it’s natural for success to be associated with growth. But while this might mean more turnover, it also means more supplies, more staff, more inventory, more equipment; in other words, growing your business can be expensive.

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Financial markets can be a fickle beast. The success or otherwise of a company, sector, country or region relies a lot on confidence – a factor that is hard to win, tough to maintain and easy to lose. Many factors contribute to a feeling of confidence but one factor that you shouldn’t lose sight of – especially as an international business – is the impact that political events can have on the economy.

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Over the past decade office desks have changed massively, no longer do we see the dominance of calculators, notepads, writing equipment and instruments we used to update company accounts – our desks are now clutter-free and the computer has taken over. All of our trusted aids and devices can now be accessed through our PC, tablet or even our mobile phones. Most businesses have welcomed these changes, as with them they have brought dramatic increases in efficiencies and improvements in the way we work. Yet, one out-of-date accounting tool that many companies still hang on to is the “trusted” spreadsheet.

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Business bankruptcy is the legal position of a business that is unable to pay its debts to creditors. The status is ascribed by the court, usually at the initiative of the debtor, at the point when they realise they cannot meet their financial liabilities. In this article Bankruptcy Canada give an overview of different types of bankruptcies and their effect on business’ income.
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Late payment is a fact of life for many businesses but for many SMEs it can prove to be a constant battle to get paid on time. But it doesn’t have to be that way as small businesses now have more options for taking the leg work out of their credit control than ever before.
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Many business owners, including contractors, may have found it difficult to secure a competitive mortgage in the past. However, more enlightened lenders are happy to provide a mortgage for limited company directors, who may find it hard to prove income on a ‘traditional’ basis.
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When you’re caught up in the day-to-day pressure of running a business it can be hard to focus on your longer-term retirement planning. By investing a little time to review the fees being charged on retirement and investment plans many business owners could retire earlier. Hannah Goldsmith from Goldsmith Financial Solutions explains how this is possible.

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Inventory management ensures the stock and supplies your staff have access to are monitored continually, to ensure nothing runs out and that invoices and purchase orders are generated correctly.

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“Take care of the pennies, and the pounds will look after themselves” — advice often given to people looking to grow financially and develop financial security. Being financially prepared is the cornerstone of developing a successful and profitable business, and should be a core priority from the moment you begin developing your business strategy and remain at the heart of your operation throughout your business’ growth.

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