ISSUE NO. 10
Knowing where you are and where you are going means the difference between getting there safely and ending up in the ditch. Do you only have five minutes to consider the numbers? No problem. Here are the three things to look at: 1. Revenue 2. Gross Profit 3. Net Income
Veteran Owl bookkeeper Shirley gives us the inside scoop: a bookkeeper handles all the inflows and outflows of cash. That means bookkeeping services should include day-to-day cash flow management, accounts payable, accounts receivable, collections, payroll, and bank reconciliation. As Shirley says, “If it involves money, I take it off the client’s plate.”
You should always be aware of these three figures. If you are not, partner with someone who will make you aware of them. If you have a bit more time, add current assets and liabilities to your list of considerations. The best way to examine these two is with an updated balance sheet. If your finance people are not producing these yet, now is the time to start.
Finally, do not neglect your forecast. Lofty goals are great; pragmatism is even better. Forecasts are critical for tax planning purposes and mid-course corrections. We know you do not have a lot of time, so it is all about knowing where to look. Pull these reports. Pay attention to them. It is worth the effort to stay out of the ditch.
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