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Setting up Simple Financial Management Gretna LA

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.

Linda Deane
Deane Retirement Strategies, Inc.
(504) 582-2345
1100 Poydras Street, Suite 2065
New Orleans, LA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CEA, CFP®, CRC, RFC

Shelley Ferro
Ferro Financial LLC
(504) 831-1813
2121 N. Causeway Blvd Suite 160
Metarie, LA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA

Mr. Gregory J. Hildebrand, CFP®
(504) 367-6174
405 Gretna Blvd
Gretna, LA
Firm
Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc.

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Mr. Charles R. Lodriguss, CFP®
(504) 391-9904
1901 Westbank Expy
Harvey, LA
Firm
Thrivent Financial
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

Average Income: $50,001 - $100,000



Data Provided by:
Margaret Blair Hodgson, CFP®
(504) 252-2380
643 Magazine St Ste 402
New Orleans, LA
Firm
Ignite Investments and Planning
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, General Financial Planning, Investment Management, Investment Planning, Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

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



Data Provided by:
Keith Deane
Deane Retirement Strategies, Inc.
(504) 582-2345
1100 Poydras Street, Suite 2065
New Orleans, LA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CRC

Michael Zabalaoui
Resource Management, Inc.
(504) 833-5378
3300 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite 509
Metairie, LA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS, MS

Mr. Joseph P. Stephens, CFP®
(504) 362-5570
3528 Holiday Dr Ste A
New Orleans, LA
Firm
Stephens Financial Services LLC
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Investment Planning, Retirement Income Management, Tax Preparation
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Ms. Lisa A. Schewe, CFP®
(504) 299-3413
650 Poydras St Ste 1413
New Orleans, LA
Firm
Ameriprise Financial Services,
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Budget Development, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Investment Management, Long-Term Care
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

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

Profession: Legal Professionals

Data Provided by:
Mr. Robert R. Steinfeld, CFP®
(504) 483-9782
2006 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA
Firm
MetLife
Areas of Specialization
Business Succession Planning, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Estate Planning, Investment Planning, Retirement Income Management, Small Business Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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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