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Setting up Simple Financial Management Madison AL

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.

Velda Eugenias
Eugenias Advisory Group, LLC
(256) 655-7333
126 Waterchase Drive
Huntsville, AL
Expertises
Women's Financial Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Jessica Hovis
Longview Financial Advisors, Inc.
(256) 534-1196
220B Rhett Avenue
Huntsville, AL
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, College/Education Planning, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CLU

Mr. John M. Parker Jr., CFP®
(256) 325-1399
7600 Hwy 72 West
Madison, AL
Firm
LPL Financial
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning

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Mr. Jakie M. Childers Jr., CFP®
(256) 325-1002
7600 Hwy 72 West
Madison, AL
Firm
LPL Financial
Areas of Specialization
Investment Planning

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Mr. Michael Ellis, CFP®
(256) 721-2694
7169 Highway 72 W Ste D
Madison, AL
Firm
Edward Jones Investments
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Banking, Budget Development, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning

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Larry West
Longview Financial Advisors, Inc.
(256) 534-1196
220B Rhett Avenue
Huntsville, AL
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Tax Planning, Alternative or Private Investments, Real Estate Investments, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, EA, MBA

John Andrew Johnson, CFP®
(256) 772-9127
8097 Madison Blvd Ste 101
Madison, AL
Firm
Edward Jones
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Estate Planning, General Financial Planning

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John G. Butterfield, CFP®
(256) 774-3046
3809 Sullivan St Ste 6
Madison, AL
Firm
Edward Jones
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning, Intergenerational Planning, Investment Management

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Mr. S. Phillip Poitevint Ii, CFP®
(256) 772-4646
100 Essex Ct Ste C
Madison, AL
Firm
Raymond James
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Education Planning, General Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Investment Planning, Long-Term Care

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Mr. Billy Gene Brown, CFP®
(256) 830-1220
65 Town Center Dr NW # A
Huntsville, AL
Firm
Brown Professional Group, Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Accounting, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Tax Planning, Tax Preparation, Wealth Management

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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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