Setting up Simple Financial Management New Canaan CT

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.

Robin Sherwood
HTG Investment Advisors, Inc.
(203) 972-8262
50 Locust Avenue
New Canaan, CT
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Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, College/Education Planning, High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
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NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, MBA

Christopher Kuehne
Independent Financial Advisors
(914) 764-0367
24 Waterbury Way
Pound Ridge, NY
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Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Tax Planning, Divorce Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, MS

Loretta Nolan
Loretta Nolan Associates LLC
(203) 637-1402
13 Arcadia Road, Suite 10
Old Greenwich, CT
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Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AEP, CFP®

R. Allen Purkiss
Purkiss Capital Advisors, LLC
(203) 431-5862
62 Barry Avenue
Ridgefield, CT
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Ongoing Investment Management, College/Education Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Panfilo Guglielmi
Advanced Capital Advisors, LLC
(203) 255-0504
140 Sherman Street, 4th FL
Fairfield, CT
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Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Medical Professionals, High Net Worth Client Needs
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NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Brian Shea
Shea Financial Advisors
(203) 966-9651
45 Pine Street, Unit 4A
New Canaan, CT
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Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, EA

Elizabeth Cox
Cox Financial Services, LLC
(203) 221-2799
191 Post Road West
Westport, CT
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Divorce Planning, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Ongoing Investment Management, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CDFA, CFP®, EA

Russell Wayne
Sound Asset Management, Inc.
(203) 222-9370
5 Glen Lane, East Wing
Weston, CT
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Ongoing Investment Management, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, MBA

Lili Vasileff
Divorce and Money Matters, LLC
(203) 393-7200
Two Sound View Drive
Greenwich, CT
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Divorce Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Special Needs Planning, Ongoing Investment Management, Financial Psychology/Coaching
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CDFA, CDP, CFP®, MA, Other

Timothy Clark
Greystone Wealth Advisors LLC
(914) 232-3773
100 South Bedford Rd
Mount Kisco, NY
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, High Net Worth Client Needs, Middle Income Client Needs, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, 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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