In my work with small businesses I am familiar with how cash flow management can make-or-break a company. Simply stated, if you aren't properly managing the flow of your money, then you are setting your business up for failure. My advice? If you want to achieve long-term success with your company, then you need to make sure that you have cash available at all times.
Why is Cash Flow Management so Hard?
Many business owners run into problems with cash flow, and they have a hard time finding their way out without leveraging a lot of credit. A typical scenario is that bills and invoices need to be paid right away, but the incoming money is delayed because of production costs and other factors. Even if you know that you will be able to sell the product in the future, it might be hard to keep the business afloat until that happens.
The main reason that business owners run into cash flow problems is because they are running on a short-term mentality with their spending. They look at the money that is currently in the bank account to make financial decisions, instead of considering the bills that will be due and the money that will be coming in. You need to examine the profitability and success of the company, and compare both accounts payable and accounts receivable before you start making significant financial decisions.
An Accounting Firm Can Help Manage Cash Flow
One of the best things that you can do is contract your accounting services. A small business accounting firm that offers CFO services will conduct a cash flow analysis of your funds so that you take a proactive approach to controlling your cash flow. A CPA will be able to help you look at monthly, quarterly, and annual reports so that you can actually see how much money you have brought in and the anticipated profits in any given period. This information will help you manage cash flow by using better financial decisions so that you aren't spending more money than you have available.
Let us help you plan ahead for growth!
If you want to achieve long-term financial success with your small business, contact us to learn more about the small business accounting services that are available. We work with clients located in the Washington DC area, and we also offer virtual business services for clients located anywhere. Contact us today to learn more: (202) 789-8898