The quality of your team can have a HUGE impact on your cash flow. You are much better off paying ABOVE market wages and benefits to a smaller number of "A" and "B" players than trying to save some money hiring average people at lower wages.
Here are two examples:
- A manager at a bridal shop who ran all sales and marketing. She was not paid in line with the results, asked for more, was told "no", so she left. When the store owner realized how much work was being done, a sales manager and a marketing manager were hired. The sales manager wasn't up to the job and quit after a few months.
- We reorganized a division that was losing a LOT of money. We laid off 50% of the workforce that did not have the skills or attitude that was needed. We rehired back 25% of the headcount with people with the right skills. We needed to pay much more per person, and saved very little on compensation. The smaller team produced much better results and we were profitable within 1 year.
People think that this...
Most business owners' eyes glaze over when I talk to them about the "chart of accounts."
Then we talk about what they are trying to understand about their business's finances. They generally want the same thing:
- How much money am I making?
- How do I know if I'll have enough money to pay the bills?
- Which products and services make the most money?
- Do I have extra expenses that I can cut?
- Do I have enough capital to grow?
When I explain that the chart of accounts is the foundation for understanding each of those questions, they get more interested.
I explain that the chart of accounts is a list of categories.
Then I tell the business owner:
• Where sales come from
• Where expenses go
• What the assets are (what's owned)
• What the liabilities are (what's owed to others)
• What the difference is between what's owned and what's owed. This is called the “equity” in a company.
They quickly understand that with the right chart of accounts they can...
“Automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.”
- Bill Gates
I am constantly asked, "What software do you use to implement cash flow management?"
My answer: "I start with an Excel model."
Usually, people are surprised and even disappointed. They want to believe that there is a "silver bullet" that magically picks up their accounting data and will automatically tell them how to improve their cash flow.
It just doesn't work that way.
Most companies have a very inefficient operation when it comes to managing their cash flow.
Building out an Excel model becomes a conversation about how all the pieces of cash moving into and out of the company fall into place.
After you understand the movement then you can automate the model.
Do you use automation in your business? I'd love to know how, and if it took some time to make it efficient.
Let me know in the comments below!
Cash flow management isn’t about money. It’s about getting your life back.
I’ve worked with business owners who were sick with concern, fear, and doubt about how they will make payroll, meet bank covenants, and literally keep the lights on. They've told me with tears in their eyes that they don't know if they can survive past another payroll. Their spouses express concern about the health and well-being of their partner.
By focusing on cash flow - when and where cash was coming and going from the business - they were able to turn around the business completely, or stay afloat long enough to sell the business.
And yes, some businesses fail, but it’s because of a fundamentally unsound and unsustainable business model.
If you or someone you know have good sales and margins, but are struggling to have the cash to pay the bills, get help.
Open up to someone who can integrate and monitor a cash flow model with your company’s financials and help you make decisions...
Want to solve 80% of your bookkeeping needs to solve cash flow management issues?
Then do two simple things:
1. Reconcile your books every week without fail. Do it on Friday, last thing so you are ready to update your cash flow projections on Monday.
2. Create bookkeeping reports that give you insights into the key cash flow indicators that you need. One example: Accounts receivable aging.
Is there something else that you think needs to be done?
Let me know in the comments.
#tcmp #bookkeeping #reporting
Why don't employers see the huge CASH cost of losing their best people, and give them what they need to stay?
Employers spend a lot of extra money when they lose their best people. Here are some of the incremental hard costs:
- Training costs for a new person
- Recruiting costs
Even bigger are the "hidden" costs:
- Employer's time to recruit
- Lost productivity
- Emotional cost to the team
What would it take to keep the best people?
1. Ask them. They'll tell you.
2. Some money. Less than replacing them.
3. Recognition. Get creative and see #2.
4. Bonus idea: Reward them with something that benefits their significant other and/or family.
Back to the cold hard cash facts. Studies show it costs you 33% of someone's annual salary to replace them. You can keep people for a lot less.
Am I right? Wrong? What's your experience?
Let me know in the comments below.
#wtcfg #humanresources #finance
The first time I went skiing as a teenager I watched my classmate beautifully ski down the hill and, in slow motion, turn gently to the left and ski into a barn.
The barn wasn't anywhere near the bottom of the run. It was way far away and posed no danger to anyone. But as the instructor shouted "Stay away from the barn!" her turn became sharper until she was pointed directly at the big, red barn!
I suspect that her problem was that she focused on "not hitting the barn" instead of going straight.
That's a lot like when in business we are focused on preventing a result instead of focusing on the result we do want. We often end up "hitting the barn" instead of getting the result.
When I ski and I'm moving fast, I always need to focus on where I need to go and I consciously block thinking about obstacles that could cause danger. I know the danger is there, but I focus on where I want to go.
The same in business. Focus on where you want to go.
I'd love to hear any comments you've had, or...
Are there any accountants out there that would like to convince me that accrual accounting is better for a small business than cash accounting?
I'm talking about having a discussion, not an argument. An exchange of ideas and open minds. We can have a civil chat and explain to each other why we think our idea is better.
I believe that cash accounting is the only way to go for small businesses unless accrual accounting is required for a bank loan.
How small a business?
Let's start at the $25,000,000 mark. That the IRS limit established in 2018 before you need to do accrual accounting for tax purposes.
I am guessing that there are a few accountants out there that disagree with this position!
Are you interested in having the conversation?
Please let me know in the comments!
#accounting #wtcfg #bookkeeping
Do you know that crowdfunding can be an effective cash management tool for raising capital?
Crowdfunding is pre-selling products that are in development. You owe people something, but usually at a good profit margin. You don't sell equity in your company and you don't go into debt. You do get:
- Publicity before you launch
- Feedback on your product
- Ideas for additional product
- An idea for market acceptance
- Names for your mailing list
- The cash you need to launch the product or business
Most people think of Kickstarter or Indiegogo (I've used Indiegogo) as only for new companies...wrong! You can introduce new products as well.
I've done crowdfunding for non-profit as well as for-profit organizations. Possibilities for funding:
- Book launches
- Food vendors
- Service providers
- Race/adventure organizers
- Non-profit fundraising
The possibilities are literally endless.
Have you done any crowdfunding? I'm looking for any reason not to do it.
Have you bought something from...
If you are interested in learning more about cash flow management, then you should follow Barb Easter, Blaine Bertsch, and Jeremy (JD) Burke from Dryrun - Cash Flow Management Software. These hyperlinks will take you to their LinkedIn pages.
Why would I recommend you follow someone else and not spend all of your cash flow time on my posts and articles?
A few reasons:
1. They have a great point of view
2. They work with end-users and finance professionals from all over the world
3. DryRun is the best cash flow management software I have seen so far for businesses over about $1 Million in revenue
4. They are educating the marketplace
I'd love feedback on what you think about DryRun software.
Do you use cash flow management software? Or spreadsheets?
If so, I'd love to hear your opinion on your software or why you use spreadsheets.
What do you like? What doesn't work? What else do you need?
Let me know in the comments below!
#tcmp #finance #bestadvice
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