Setting up Simple Financial Management Hazelwood MO

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.

Jack D. White
Fidelis Financial Planning, L.L.C.
(636) 922-9252
42 Portwest Court
St. Charles, MO
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Tax Planning, Ongoing Investment Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MA

Elizabeth Cauble
Cauble & Harre Wealth Management
(314) 576-1112
12977 North 40 Drive, Suite 213
St. Louis, MO
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Robert Spindel
Paradigm Financial Advisors, LLC
(314) 966-3400
12231 Manchester Road
Des Peres, MO
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Advising Entrepreneurs, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc, CLU

Patricia Conway
Conway Financial Group, LLC
(314) 579-9157
390 South Woods Mill Road, Suite 175
Chesterfield, MO
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Mrs. Lisa M. Avenevoli, CFP®
(314) 839-4600
325 Rue Saint Francois
Florissant, MO
Firm
Steve Robbins, Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Investment Management, Investment Planning, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning, Risk Management, Wealth Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

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Heidi French
Heidi French & Associates, LLC
(314) 432-1725
955 Executive Parkway, Suite 221
Creve Coeur, MO
Expertises
Middle Income Client Needs, High Net Worth Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Michael Tinkler
Cambridge Capital Management, LLC
(314) 454-0438
1200 South Big Bend
St. Louis, MO
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

James Reding
Paradigm Wealth Advisors, LLC
(314) 966-3400
12231 Manchester Road
Des Peres, MO
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, JD

Terrance Davis
Terrance P. Davis, CPA/PFS
(314) 963-0569
8460 Watson Road, Suite 225
St. Louis, MO
Expertises
Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CPA/PFS, MS

Mr. Stephen D. Robbins, CFP®
(314) 839-4600
325 Rue Saint Francois
Florissant, MO
Firm
Steve Robbins, Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, General Financial Planning, Investment Management, Investment Planning, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning, Risk Management
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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