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Setting up Simple Financial Management Agawam MA

Sometimes you don’t need a lot of money to start a business. What you need instead is good financial management. If you plan carefully, control spending, and monitor the money that comes into your business and the money that goes out, you can prevent a monetary emergency later.

Richard Chase
Family Wealth Management, Inc.
(413) 313-0030
1 Monarch Place
Springfield, MA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS

Douglas Wheat
Family Wealth Management, Inc.
(413) 313-0030
330 Whitney Avenue, Suite 750
Holyoke, MA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Medical Professionals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Socially Responsible Investments, Special Needs Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

John Perkins
John Perkins
(413) 303-0422
38 Mulberry Street, Suite 104 PO Box 487
Northhampton (Leeds), MA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples, Socially Responsible Investments, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Mr. Robert J. Morin Jr., CFP®
(413) 785-4933
1 Monarch Pl Suite 1400
Springfield, MA
Firm
UBS Financial Services
Areas of Specialization
Wealth Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: Not Applicable

Profession: Not Applicable

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Peter J. Alminas, CFP®
(413) 785-4900
1 Monarch Pl Ste 1400
Springfield, MA
Firm
UBS Financial Services

Data Provided by:
Douglas Wheat
Family Wealth Management, Inc.
(413) 313-0030
1 Monarch Place
Springfield, MA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Medical Professionals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Socially Responsible Investments, Special Needs Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Richard Chase
Family Wealth Management, Inc.
(413) 313-0030
330 Whitney Avenue, Suite 750
Holyoke, MA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS

Mr. Paul J. Valickus, CFP®
326 Regency Park Dr
Agawam, MA
Firm
Retired

Data Provided by:
Patrick J. Willcutts, CFP®
(413) 736-1166
PO BOX 15389
Springfield, MA
Firm
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

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R. Patricia Grenier, CFP®
(413) 736-6712
1 Monarch Pl Ste 810
Springfield, MA
Firm
BRP/Grenier Financial Services
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Budget Development, Business Succession Planning, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Elder Care, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Not Applicable

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Setting up Simple Financial Management

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Don't Launch Your Start-Up Until You Have the Finances Under Control
By Nora Caley

Sometimes you don’t need a lot of money to start a business. What you need instead is good financial management. If you plan carefully, control spending, and monitor the money that comes into your business and the money that goes out, you can prevent a monetary emergency later.

Besides preventing disaster, there are other reasons for sound financial management. If you know how much money your business is making and where the money is going, that can help you estimate your future profits. By making accurate projections, you will be able to decide whether you should expand your business. Your well-organized and accurate financial records might help you get a loan or other funding.
Financial management also makes it easier for you to pay taxes. If you are a sole proprietor or you are self employed, you don’t get paychecks with taxes withheld. Instead, you have to pay estimated taxes four times a year, and financial management makes it easier to figure out how much to pay.

Another reason to maintain good financial management is the analysis helps you see whether your business is succeeding. Sometimes when a business fails it’s not due to a lack of sales, but the inability of the business owner to control how much money the company spends, and how quickly the company gets paid for the products and services it sells. Proper financial management will help you keep track of these important details.

Getting Started

First, make sure you separate your business funds from your personal funds. That means different credit cards for your business and your household, and separate checking accounts.
If you have written a business plan, you might already have a projection of your business’s income and expenses for at least the first year. You can use this part of your plan as a guide for the more detailed financial plan you will write.

If you didn’t write a business plan, or if the financial pages of your plan didn’t include a lot of specifics, then write a cash flow analysis for your business. Start with a spreadsheet. If you have Microsoft Excel, set up a spreadsheet in which the column headings are months, and the rows show money in and money out.

The first row should be Cash On Hand. That’s your starting point, the money you have in the business checking account. The next few rows could have titles such as Cash Sales, Collections from Credit Accounts, and Other Cash Injection. On the bottom of that section, put a row called Total Cash. This section shows cash you actually have, not customers’ payments that you expect will arrive in the mail or be deposited into your account soon.

The next rows show the cash paid out. These rows include purchases of raw materials or ingredients, office supplies, advertising, gas mileage, shipping, and other categories. Don’t forget to include loan payments, credit card fees, and checking account fees. On th...

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