Many businesses live in fear of debt, particularly after the 2008 financial crash and the climate of fiscal austerity that followed. It’s certainly a bad idea for individuals and households to go heavily into debt, but borrowing is a vital tool for a growing business. So when is business debt advantageous, and how can you manage it most effectively? (more…)
One of the top priorities for business owners should be paying down debt quickly and efficiently. Eliminating debt will cut your expenses, increase your profits, and allow you to reinvest in your business to generate higher future sales. It also frees up credit you may need later for future investments.
You’ve probably know what you should do to make your business a success but do you know what you shouldn’t do? No one wants their business to fail or fall into financial difficulty so it’s important to ensure you avoid the traps before it’s too late. Following the five pointers below is a sure-fire way to put your company out of business.
1. Never change
If you’re unfamiliar with the term ‘change’, then you’re heading for trouble. With technology and consumer markets changing all the time, it’s crucial to keep up so you know exactly what your target market wants. This helps you stay one step ahead of competitors and ensures you plan for the future. Stay focused by keeping in mind business goals and strategies to ensure your business evolves. Ever heard of that saying, ‘failing to prepare is preparing to fail’?
Don’t forget to regularly update the company’s website, blogs, social media channels and overall design. If your website still looks like it did in 1999, then to many visitors, it will look outdated and off-putting, regardless of how great your products or services are.
By Keith Tully
When it comes to proper budgeting and accounting, what most people tend to overlook is the prevention and preparation aspect. Without adequate planning, all the right data in the world won’t help once your bank account is over drafted all thanks to a simple oversight. Keep these five easy tips in mind for maintaining a healthy company bank account balance and eliminate the risk of potential company cash flow problems in the future.
By Keith Tully
In some situations a bit of creativity will be needed to facilitate a turnaround and get your company back to operating in a profitable manner. However, more often than not you won’t need to be an innovator to save your business, you’ll just need to consider some of the commonly overlooked recovery and restructuring options that are applicable and readily available:
1. Using Assets as Leverage to Obtain Financing
Even if you have poor credit you may be able to obtain financial assistance by using some of your assets (i.e. – equipment, inventory, real estate, etc.) as collateral in obtaining approval for a secured loan. However if you were to default on such an agreement then the lender would potentially have the right to seize the assets you used as a security, so keep that in mind before you put your home on the line.
Small business owners are basically living in the dark ages. No, I’m not referring to the aversion many mom and pop stores seemingly have to the power of web-based marketing or even how tough it is to become successful in the currently gloomy economic climate. Rather, I’m talking about the fact that politicians and financial regulators don’t seem to think that small business owners are worthy of the same rights and protections as the general consumer population.
While the CARD Act of 2009 has proven to be a huge success – adding transparency and fairness to the personal finance industry – it doesn’t apply to credit cards branded for business use. That’s alright, you might be thinking; small business credit cards are just different, right?
When starting a new business from scratch, there are several factors you need to consider from marketing materials and hiring employees to selling products and saving money, that your business’ credit could easily take a backseat on the priority list. However, maintaining your business’ good credit is extremely important when it comes to building a successful company.
What exactly is business credit?
You want to pay down your debt, but your income has been about the same amount for the past two years. Ideally, you’d like to redesign your website, hire an employee to assist you at your business, buy a MacBook Pro, and begin establishing a social media presence. But your credit cards and any other outside debt are killin’ you. Much of this may be linked back to the fact that you could be spending around $200 a month in additional interest which could be going towards trademarking a logo design or buying some software you really need.
You feel stuck because you are not sure what to do – pay down the debt or invest in your biz? If you rack up more debt, you will just dig a bigger hole for yourself. If you make the minimum payment on your debt, you won’t chip away at reducing it. Total deer in the headlights moment. (more…)
With so much information out there about small business banking, understanding the ins and outs of your business finances can be a headache at first. Adopting good banking practices in the first stages of your business can mean the difference between success and ending up wrapped in debt.
The type of business entity that you choose can impact the taxes you are liable to pay and also your legal protection. This makes it especially important to ensure that the entity you choose is right for your business.
Here we give a balanced snapshot summary of three of the key business entities – Limited Liability Company, sole proprietorship and general partnerships – to help you consider which could be most suitable for your business needs. (more…)