It is March already and everyone is prepping up for the new financial year. But for an amazing year ahead you need to end this year in a systematic manner. Tax filing being a major obligation, there are other parameters to follow as well. Prepare your small business to handle the end of year and New Year.
Goals: Year-end is the time to evaluate your goals defined for the last year. Where you successful in achieving what the business intended for? If not, know the hindrance and loop holes. If yes, revisit your business plan, review, and apply it for the coming financial year. Work on the actionable accordingly. Monitor your progress every quarter to keep you and your employees motivated year-round.
Budget: Managing your budget is one of the imperative tasks for a small business. Plan and monitor the flow of money. Analyze your last year balance sheet to check how much you had spent and what did you make. This will shrink your stress when planning the budget for the coming year. Revenue, profits, expenses, etc. should be on your fingers. Further, the budget includes
- Management of expenses and taxes: If you have been following the practice of making expenses with a business credit card, great. If not, do that for easy deciphering of expenses. Further, this helps you build a good credit history in the name of your business. Check expiry dates of your policies, cover and more and get them renewed. Do on-time tax filing to see the exact profit and loss incurred over the year. Hire an accountant, lawyer or financial advisor for this task to have an accurate estimation of the tax to be paid. Evaluate your tax strategies to reduce the amount of tax to be paid. This will help you analyze your new financial year’s expenses to avoid unwelcomed surprises flowing in.
- Human resources: Do away with the entire bonus to be offered to employees. Finalize your hiring and finalize everything before year’s end. Ask employees to apply for all reimbursements. This will help you work on the finances accordingly.
- Other finances: Evaluate all your financial documents majorly the balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. You can analyze the actual state of your business’s liability, profitability, revenue and more.
Technology: In this financial year you might have collected numerous valuable data for your business. So, create a backup. Accounting files, vendor/client emails, contact numbers, and briefs need to be kept secured for future needs. Also, your employees might need a backup for their files. Use an external hard disk or cloud space for the same. Remember to store two digital files for important documents. Make sure the files are named correctly and the convention should be followed by everyone in the office to avoid any future confusion.
In addition to the above-mentioned parameters, there are some other general business factors that need to be monitored.
- Count and update the inventory at your warehouse and in the office. Remove the out dated and replace the defective products. Also, check that there are no expired or near to expire inventory.
- Evaluate and update your website for the new financial year. Remember that a business website is the first interaction a customer has with your company. So, regularly, update the products, their attributes and more. Also, check for the age load time to ensure a customer has a smooth journey with your business.
- Share your business’s achievements, employee achievements and industrial trends in favor of your business to motivate the workforce.