Setting up Simple Financial Management Anchorage AK

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.

Mr. Michael R. Hanrahan, CFP®
(907) 276-0457
PO Box 92843
Anchorage, AK
Firm
Hanrahan & Associates, LLC.
Areas of Specialization
Accounting, Business Succession Planning, Divorce Issues, Education Planning, General Financial Planning, Retirement Planning, Small Business Planning

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Mr. Michael W. Shamburger, CFP®
(907) 646-7374
3601 Cst, Suite 600B
Anchorage, AK
Firm
Foundations Asset Management

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(907) 276-1900
1407 W 31st Ave Ste 303
Anchorage, AK
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Blunck Financial

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Mr. William B. Stokes, CFP®
(907) 646-0900
7750 King St
Anchorage, AK
Firm
Stokes Financial Services,LLC
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Insurance Planning, Long-Term Care, Retirement Planning, Wealth Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

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Mr. Michael J. Bruno, CFP®
(907) 261-3421
500 W 36th Ave Ste 100
Anchorage, AK
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AlaskaUSA Financial Planning & Investment Services
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Asset Allocation, Budget Development, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Estate Planning

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Mr. Jason J Longlet, CFP®
(907) 263-5716
2550 Denali Street
Anchorage, AK
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Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
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Education Planning, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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



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Erin Hall Meade, CFP®
(907) 564-6603
3601 C Street, Penthouse
Anchorage, AK
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Merrill Lynch

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Mr. Charles M. Adams Jr., CFP®
(907) 261-5944
3000 A Street
Anchorage, AK
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UBS Financial Services

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Luke Merriner, CFP®
(907) 257-0216
3900 C St Ste 502
Anchorage, AK
Firm
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
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Comprehensive Financial Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Retirement Income Management, Wealth Management

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Ms. Helen M. Sedlacek, CFP®
(907) 278-8878
3601 C Street
Anchorage, AK
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Mikunda Cottrell & Co CPAs

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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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