Setting up Simple Financial Management South Haven MI

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.

Mr. Ronald L. Overhiser, CFP®
(269) 637-0222
632 Phillips St
South Haven, MI
Firm
Linsco / Private Ledger

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George A. Stoutin, CFP®
45 Blue Star Hwy
Douglas, MI
Firm
Edward Jones

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Fifth Third Bank
(269) 427-7931
Bangor, 101 W. Monroe Street
Bangor, MI
Office Hours
M-F 9:30-5; SA 9:30-12
Drive Up Hours
M-TH 9:30-5; F 9:30-5:30; SA 9:30-12

Edward Jones
(888) 891-1440
45 Blue Star Hwy # A
Douglas, MI

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Mark Folgmann
Ark Advisors LLC
(231) 668-4118
1010 S. Garfield Ave Suite 409
Traverse City, MI
Expertises
Planning Issues for Business Owners, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, ChFc, CLU

Mr. John M. Leonard, CFP®
(269) 857-2860
201 Center St
Douglas, MI
Firm
John M. Leonard, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Investment Management, Investment Planning, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning, Securities
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

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Fifth Third Bank
(269) 639-2144
South Haven, 601 Phoenix Street
South Haven, MI
Office Hours
M-F 9:30-5; SA 9:30-12
Drive Up Hours
M-TH 9:30-5; F 9:30-5:30; SA 9:30-12

Fifth Third Bank
(269) 468-3982
Coloma, 6553 Paw Paw Avenue
Coloma, MI
Office Hours
M-F 9:30-5
Drive Up Hours
M-TH 9:30-5; F 9:30-5:30

John Faber
Ronald Blue & Co., LLC
(616) 392-3108
210 Central Avenue, Suite 210
Holland, MI
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Kelly Adams
Harbor Light Planning, LLC
(248) 344-9616
42705 Grand River Avenue, Suite 201
Novi, MI
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, EA

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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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