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Setting up Simple Financial Management Barre VT

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.

Jamie Milne
Milne Financial Planning, Inc.
(802) 476-0602
51 Church Street
Barre, VT
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Middle Income Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Socially Responsible Investments, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Divorce Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CDFA, CFP®, MBA

Mr. Michael Scott Pinkans, CFP®
(802) 272-6390
80 Osborne Rd
Barre, VT
Firm
Zenith Marketing Group, Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management

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Joseph P Preddy, CFP®
(802) 479-0645
316 North Main Street
Barre, VT
Firm
Community Financial Services Group, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning, General Financial Planning, Investment Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

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Mr. John A. Farrow, CFP®
(802) 728-4287
283 Boudro Rd
Randolph Center, VT
Firm
Farrow Financial Inc

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TD Bank
(802) 479-3313
Depot Square
Barre, VT
Type
Branch
Drive Up Hours
Mon-Fri 8:00-6:00
Sat 8:00-1:00

Joyce Cole
J. Cole Financial Advisers, Inc.
(802) 225-1314
30 Center Road
Montpelier, VT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Financial Issues Between Generations, Socially Responsible Investments, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Mr. William E. Patno Ii, CFP®
162 N Main St Ste 200
Barre, VT
Firm
Granite Financial Group

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Mr. Lee A. White, CFP®
(802) 476-6191
86 Summer St
Barre, VT
Firm
Lee A White & Associates

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Mr. Mark C. Giometti, CFP®
(781) 729-2031
147 Sugarbush Woods Rd
Warren, VT
Firm
Black Diamond Financial Planning, LLC

Data Provided by:
TD Bank
(802) 371-1622
School Street and Main Street
Montpelier, VT
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Fri 8:00-6:00
Sat 8:00-1:00
Drive Up Hours
Mon-Fri 8:00-6:00
Sat 8:00-1:00

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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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