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Tips to Keep Your Business Finances in Order

If you’re like most small business owners, you spend the majority of your time managing daily operations, keeping customers happy, and looking for new ways to grow. Spreadsheets, cash flow analysis, and financial projections are probably not your first passion.

However, measuring profitability, creating realistic budgets, and planning ahead for the future are crucial to your professional success.

Follow these four tips to get a handle on the numbers, and take control of your business finances.

Move to the cloud

How much of your time do you spend hunting down financial documents, poring over spreadsheets, and tracking expenses?

Constantly searching for and trying to integrate scattered data makes it nearly impossible to close out the monthly books quickly and efficiently. Plus, reliance on spreadsheets is a proven liability. Research shows over 88% of all financial spreadsheets contain errors.

Manage your business finances faster and more accurately by moving them to the cloud.

Cloud-based financial management systems have several benefits, including:

  • Integration with all your other operational systems for the quick retrieval of the most current data;
  • Automation of daily financial processes so you can step away from spreadsheets;
  • Efficient expense tracking that improves accuracy and reduces revenue leakage; and
  • Easy collaboration with team members and stakeholders.

Conduct regular financial reviews

Experts agree that vigilance is key to effective business financial management. Each month, set aside time to review your balance sheet, profit and loss statement, and cash flow statement.

Regular monthly check-ups will give you actionable insights into your business performance and growth potential. This information is crucial for:

  • Projecting future revenue, cash flow, and expenses
  • Validating major purchasing decisions
  • Anticipating and mitigating risk

You’ll need this key data, too, if you ever want to apply for a loan to expand and grow your business.

Bring a professional on board

On the surface, hiring an experienced bookkeeper or accountant may seem pricey, but their expertise could mean considerable long-term gains for your business.

A technical financial expert can optimise the efficiency and accuracy of your financial management, granting you peace of mind and added time to pursue growth opportunities.

Plus, most small businesses don’t need full-time professional help. Part-time services are typically enough to help you manage crucial processes, plus a few extras, including applying for a business loan or overdraft, articulating and adapting your business plan and managing sudden growth – for example, hiring new staff, acquiring office space, or determining when to introduce a new product or service.

Final tips

Consider enrolling in a basic bookkeeping or accounting course so you can better understand the fundamentals of business financial management. The knowledge you gain will feel empowering, and can help clarify discussions with your accountant.

Self-education is also key when it comes to investing in financial IT. Be sure to do your research and consult an expert before investing in any new accounting solutions for your business. Your knowledge, combined with professional support, is the very best route to sustainable, effective business financial management.

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Siraj Ahmed
Siraj Ahmed
2020-11-18
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Excellent service. Got us a great loan option and also worked with the bank to get the loan approved during the heights of COVID.
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Dhruv Satra
2020-11-18
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Malaka Ekanayake
Malaka Ekanayake
2020-11-10
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We have had a very pleasant experience working with Opulent Finance. We did not have that much experience with house loans as we were first home buyers but working with Opulent  Finance team specially with Ishara, made that experience stress free one. She helped us secure an incredibly competitive interest rate and offered her guidance so we can take advantage of the future interest rate drop. Thank you Ishara, Dayan and team for your incredible support and we have no hesitation what so ever in recommending Opulent Finance for your financial needs
Uma Gunaratne
Uma Gunaratne
2020-11-04
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Ishara is highly knowledgeable and if you are a first home buyer and new to the intricacies of all that home loans entail, she will really take you under her wing and impart her knowledge and experience and treat you as one of her own. She is also extremely patient but will also be very truthful and upfront in situations which is honestly what you need. She did a very complicated loan for us, and was so incredible efficient and organised with all the paperwork that was required. Not only that, she helped us secure an incredibly competitive interest rate! Ishara has probably spent hours and hours explaining to me details and giving me really good guidance through this momentous period in life! During the cooling off period and settlement, she was constantly chasing up our loan and honestly took a personal interest in the outcome. Our solicitor was also very happy about working with Ishara as she was following the entire process, was always up to date and very easy to work with. Considering that our entire process happened during the covid-19 lock-down and work from home environment, we have nothing but good things to say about how professional Ishara was as she didn't let a single thing slip. We are so glad that we have both Ishara and Dayan in our corner. We will definitely be using them for all future financing needs. Thank you Ishara, Dayan and team!
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2020-10-11
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Opulent Finance gave professional advice for my unique home loan requirement. They respond quickly with the proper information. The process was smooth and I felt comfortable to deal with the team. The team is friendly and professional to deal with. Highly recommended for any one looking for finance.
S P
S P
2020-09-22
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I have been dealing with Ishara at Opulent Finance for over 6 months now and she has been faultless. She has helped me secure a loan pre-approval in no time and assisted me with my property purchases. I could not recommend Ishara highly enough.
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2020-09-22
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Good service and offers.
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2020-08-22
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A big shout out to Dayan and his team for the seamless service provided during the refinancing process. Thoroughly professional team that pays attention to every detail and has been extremely transparent throughout the process. A team that always has the best interest of clients in mind and makes all efforts to provide the right advise and outcomes to the clients. Highly recommended!
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2020-08-19
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2020-08-12
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