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Setting up Simple Financial Management Kent WA

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.

John Carmody
Carmody Investment Advisors
(206) 241-8433
1208 SW Normandy Terrace
Seattle, WA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Frederic Kutscher
Kutscher Rhodes & Benner, Inc.
(206) 382-4414
705 Second Avenue, Suite 800, Hoge Building
Seattle, WA
Expertises
Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Advising Entrepreneurs, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, JD, MS

Robert Abbott
Harvest Capital Advisors, Inc.
(425) 827-6236 Ext: 107
11000 NE 33rd Place, Suite 301
Bellevue, WA
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, ChFc, CLU, MSFS

Eric Turloff
Turloff Financial Consulting, Inc.
(206) 842-1422
701 5th Ave
Seattle, WA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Tax Planning, Advising Entrepreneurs, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BBA, CFA, CPA

Karen O'Brien
trueNorth Financial Services, LLC
(206) 652-4314
1411 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, College/Education Planning, Tax Planning, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

Heidi Davis
Columbia Financial Planning, LLC
(425) 943-0001
8 Columbia Key
Bellevue, WA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Women's Financial Planning Issues, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Elaine Scoggins
Merriman, Inc
(206) 285-8877
800 5th Avenue, Suite 2900
Seattle, WA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc

Matthew Moser
Moser Wealth Advisors, PLLC
(425) 451-1850
2135 112th Avenue NE, Suite 100
Bellevue, WA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS, MST

Ben Jennings
SoundView Advisors
(360) 867-9890
1700 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2100
Seattle, WA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Medical Professionals, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CLU, CPA/PFS

Michelle Fait
Satori Financial LLC
(206) 320-9263
1001 Fourth Avenue, Suite 3200
Seattle, WA
Expertises
Tax Planning, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA, MBA

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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