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SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE 101

 

Marie Deary  |  April 19, 2024

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April 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm PST

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April24

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6:30 pm - 8:00 pm PST

Cost:

Free

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Finance

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Finance

Contact: Marie Deary 562-370-3932

Many dream of the freedom and fulfillment of running their own business. Being your own boss, setting your own hours, and pursuing a passion project are all incredibly compelling reasons to take the entrepreneurial leap. But before you dive headfirst into the exciting world of business ownership, there's a crucial first step: understanding the fundamentals of small business finance.

Think of Small Business Finance 101 as the foundation of your entrepreneurial journey. Mastering these financial basics empowers you to make informed decisions, navigate challenges, and ultimately position your business for sustainable growth.

Before diving into the nitty-gritty of financial management, it's important to understand the legal structure under which your business operates. This decision will have a significant impact on your taxes, liability, and overall financial picture. Here are some common business structures to consider:

  • Sole Proprietorship: The simplest structure, where you and your business are considered one legal entity. This offers ease of setup but exposes you to unlimited liability, meaning your personal assets are at risk if the business incurs debt.

  • Partnership: Similar to a sole proprietorship, but shared by two or more owners. Profits and losses are shared according to the partnership agreement, and partners also share liability.

  • Limited Liability Company (LLC): Offers a balance between ease of operation and liability protection. An LLC shields your personal assets from business debts and lawsuits, but comes with some filing and maintenance requirements.

  • Corporation: The most complex structure, often used for larger businesses. Corporations create a separate legal entity from the owners (shareholders) and offer the most significant liability protection. However, corporations face stricter regulations and tax filing processes.

 

Choosing the Right Structure:

The best business structure for you will depend on factors like your industry, risk tolerance, and growth aspirations. Consulting with a financial advisor like myself can help you navigate the legalities and choose the structure that best aligns with your overall business goals and financial planning.

Understanding the Money Flow:

The lifeblood of any business is its cash flow – the movement of money coming in and going out. This involves tracking your income from sales, customer payments, and other sources. Equally important is monitoring your expenses, from rent and utilities to inventory costs and paying yourself. By understanding where your money goes, you can allocate resources effectively and avoid financial shortfalls.

Profitability Matters:

Beyond just generating revenue, your business needs to be profitable. Knowing how to calculate your profit margin, which is the percentage of revenue remaining after all expenses are paid, is essential. A healthy profit margin indicates financial sustainability and allows you to reinvest in your business for future growth.

 

Recordkeeping: Your Financial Memory

Solid recordkeeping practices are the cornerstone of good financial management. Keeping meticulous records of all income and expenses, with proper documentation like receipts and invoices, is essential. Many businesses choose to utilize accounting software to streamline this process, ensuring data accuracy and accessibility.

Tax Time: Be Prepared

Understanding your tax obligations and setting aside funds to cover them is a non-negotiable aspect of small business finance. Depending on your business structure and location, you might need to factor in income taxes, sales taxes, or payroll taxes. Consulting with a tax professional early on can help you navigate these complexities and ensure you're in compliance with all regulations.

 

Funding Your Dreams:

Launching and growing a business often requires financial resources beyond your initial investment. Exploring different financing options is crucial. Loans, lines of credit, grants, and angel investors are some of the avenues you can explore to secure the capital needed to fuel your business endeavors.

 

Beyond the Basics:

As you delve deeper into small business finance, consider these additional areas of expertise:

  • Building Business Credit: A strong credit score as a business opens doors to better loan terms and interest rates, ultimately saving you money.

  • Financial Statements: Learning to interpret key financial statements like income statements and balance sheets provides valuable insights into your business's performance.

  • Financial Planning & Budgeting: Develop a comprehensive financial plan outlining your business goals and create a realistic budget to allocate resources strategically and achieve those goals.

 

Why Master Small Business Finance?

Effective financial management is the backbone of a successful business. It empowers you to:

  • Make Informed Decisions: Understanding your finances allows you to make smart strategic choices about pricing, staffing, marketing, and inventory management.

  • Fuel Growth: Solid financial planning and budgeting pave the way for business expansion and achieving your entrepreneurial ambitions.

  • Minimize Risk: Identifying potential financial problems early on allows you to take corrective action and avoid costly pitfalls down the line.

The world of small business finance may seem daunting at first, but with the right resources and a commitment to learning, you can build a strong financial foundation for your entrepreneurial journey. Remember, mastering the basics is the first step to turning your business dream into a thriving reality.

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