Top 10 Financial Tips For Business Owners

February 25, 2014 by Aaron Scott Young

Top 10 Financial Tips For Business Owners

Finding ideas to grow your business can be challenging while actually doing what’s needed to run the business.  To give you a hand, we’re posting these  Top 10 Financial Tips for Business Owners by Jim Conaway for you to use as a guideline in potentially getting your business to the next level.

  1. Test Small & Play Big: Before you spend a lot of money on a new business, find out if there is a market for your product or service first! Test small before investing a lot of dollars and then play big.
  2. Have A Business Plan: Your plan is a road map for your business. In the event you want to establish a corporate line of credit or attract investors, it is crucial that you have a business plan. There are many companies that can help you establish one for minimal costs.
  3. Expect To Invest Twice The Amount Of Time & Money: There are always the unexpected expenses that pop up in a business. Plan on having a business line of credit or 6 months-1 year of operating expenses in reserve
  4. Limit Your Liability: Entity formation is always a good idea after your making money in your business. It will limit your liability and there are tax advantages you may benefit from.
  5. Partners: A buy/sell agreement is a must! It will outline the terms for each partner in the event of premature disability, death, divorce of partnership and how the company will be valued.
  6. Revenue Modeling: Know the numbers by using the 40/40 rule. How much revenue and income are you looking to acquire? How much product or service hours will it take in order to accomplish your revenue goals. Your advisors can help you run these numbers.
  7. Who Is On Your Power Team?  Get professionals on your advisory board who have many years of experience, and who can coach & guide you in your decision-making. Typical advisory board members include a financial strategist, tax strategist, and attorney
  8. Protect Your Business: Make sure you have BOE (business overhead expense) insurance, Key Man insurance, workers comp, liability coverage, disability, etc.
  9. Outsource: To cut costs look into outsourcing expertise such as payroll, virtual assistant(s), bookkeeping, CFO’s, etc.
  10. Branding/Public Relations/Marketing: You have to differentiate your business by having a clear message though proper branding. Next it is important to communicate relevance to your target market.

– Author Jim Conaway

Conaway & Conaway is a wealth preservation management firm that provides comprehensive financial advice, retirement planning and insurance, and investment strategies. As an independent firm we create personalized recommendations on the unique wants and needs of our client. The Six Step “Clarity Curve” is a process we use to identify, create, and implement custom solutions for your unique and personal situation. For a complimentary consultation please call us at (714) 577-8758 or email at info@conawayandconaway.com. You can also visit our website at www.conawayandconaway.com