Asking if you suck at personal finance can seem insulting, but the question is not meant to be insulting. It’s just that, being a small business owner and having recently taken a deep look at my personal finances, I have to say that I suck at personal finance. A lot of my small business owner buddies do, too. How do I know this? Because we have all been taking the 30-Day Challenge by Ramit Sethi of the Scrooge Strategy, and it has been truly eye-opening.
What is the Scrooge Strategy 30-Day Challenge?
Basically, it’s an ebook written by national bestselling author Ramit Sethi. The challenge is to see if you can save $1,000 in 30 days by doing the steps in his ebook. There is one step per day.
A while back I wrote a blog post on finding a great accountant for your small business. Recently, I decided to take my own advice. I have used the same accounting service for almost a decade, and have always had a great relationship with them.
However, I found that as my small business focus shifted away from a “bricks and mortar” city environment to an online environment mixed with country living, I needed an accountant with different specialties and skills.
Where to Find a Good Small Business Accountant
I’m of the generation who “Googles” everything first. It hardly ever occurs to me to peel open a phone book if online access is just a few clicks away. Digging around on Google, I found several “accountant search” sites, and entered my request on several. Most sites asked for the following information:
In my last few blog posts I’ve highlighted different ways that small business can increase their cash flow, with strategies that vary from bartering with other companies to turning away slow/no pay clients. Here’s a list of those blog posts in case you want to know more about ways to bring more cash into your small business.
In this blog post, I explore some more adventurous alternative ways that small business owners are discovering for avoiding the cash flow crunch.
Adventurous Ways to Avoid the Cash Flow Crunch
The methods I discussed in my previous blog posts are fairly common sense and standard; ask any good accountant and you’ll get some, if not all, of these suggestions. The two methods I cover in this blog post are less standard, and you may or may not have heard of them. Even if you have heard of them, you may not have considered them as viable options for you. But with the economy being the roller coaster that it is right now, you may want to keep your options open. So what are these two adventurous options?
What’s overhead? Not just the roof. For a small business overhead is usually the debt hanging over the small business owner’s head. Actually, overhead is the ongoing general cost of running your small business, and can include items like the cost of carrying inventory, office supplies, payments on equipment, and the cost of service providers like accountants and lawyers.
In the last few articles I’ve discussed ways small business owners can increase their cash flow into the business, by converting accounts receivables into cash. In this article, I outline four ways to decrease your company’s overhead. These simple solutions can help your business preserve cash, and stay solvent.
In my last blog post I talked about three simple ways to improve your small business’ cash flow, including prompt billing, avoiding slow and no-pay customers, and asking for your cash sooner.
Now I have three more ways you can increase the cash flow. More specifically, these methods help you turn accounts receivables into cold hard cash that your small business can use today.
3 More Ways to Increase Cash Flow Into Your Small Business
Some of these cash flow strategies may take a little time to set up, but you’ll find that the resulting positive cash flow will be worth the effort. By implementing these strategies, you’ll be joining the thousands are small business owners who are looking at resourceful ways to get paid sooner.