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Setting up Simple Financial Management Wayzata MN

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.

Richard Epple
Epple Financial Advisors, LLC
(952) 470-5049
1000 Twelve Oaks Center Dr., Suite 101
Wayzata, MN
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Medical Professionals, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Timothy Brown
Brown Wealth Management, LLC
(952) 303-6715
12100 Singletree Lane
Eden Prairie, MN
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Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, High Net Worth Client Needs, Middle Income Client Needs, Socially Responsible Investments, Tax Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFA, CFP®, MBA

Jerry Wade
Wade Financial Group Inc.
(763) 797-9577
5500 Wayzata Blvd
Minneapolis, MN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CFS

Robert Smrekar
Wade Financial Group Inc.
(763) 797-9577
5500 Wayzata Blvd
Minneapolis, MN
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CFP®

Laurie Laner
Financial Designs, Inc.
(952) 843-0300
5354 Parkdale Drive Suite 106
Minneapolis, MN
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Colleen Weber
Colleen Weber CPA, LLC
(952) 470-0750
470 W. 78th St. Suite 104
Chanhassen, MN
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Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Tax Planning, High Net Worth Client Needs, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CPA

Rod Roath
Money Matters, Inc.
(952) 935-0707
5666 Lincoln Drive
Minneapolis, MN
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Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

Kathleen Longo
Accredited Investors, Inc.
(952) 841-2222
5200 West 73rd Street
Edina, MN
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Women's Financial Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CAP, CFP®

Dana Hornquist
Hornquist Financial
(952) 856-4896
6046 Golden Valley Rd
Golden Valley, MN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®

Dana Hornquist
Hornquist Financial
(952) 856-4896
5775 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 700
Saint Louis Park, MN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®

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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