At TGG we have started Bonfire Chats, webinars created to answer your questions surrounding today’s environment, and what you may need to know in the coming weeks. Last week, we discussed the Main Street Lending Program, and why it may be beneficial for you.
The Main Street Lending Program began in April, and has seen trouble gaining traction. Unlike the SBA PPP, the MSLP works with larger businesses and can provide funding for businesses in need during this uncertain time. This program could be one of the most beneficial programs for businesses today if used properly.
Every business owner wants their business to be profitable.
There are many factors that lead to a profitable business, including employee productivity. Naturally, when your employees are more productive your profit margins will increase.. Productivity and profitability are two sides of the same coin, you could say… they complete each other. Without productivity, there can be no profitability. So how do you make your business profitable through productivity? Let’s explore!
Sales accountability is one of the most important things to consider when running your business. Your salespeople are at the core of your business. They drive traffic to your products and services. How can you create accountable salespeople? Watch what they do!
If you are a small business owner you have likely contemplated whether or not you need an in-house CFO or you would like to outsource your CFO services. This can be a challenging decision, as both options can be beneficial to your business. We’ve put together a list of a few advantages and disadvantages for both to help you decide:
In order for a business to run effectively, it must have structures in place that support financial reporting excellence. At TGG, we have created the TGG Way™ to help small businesses receive the expertise they need to succeed. Every TGG client is assigned a team of four accounting professionals to support their financial needs. Here are the roles we believe contribute to the success of your accounting team:
Hiring great salespeople is essential to the success of your business. These employees are dealing with the bulk of your business. The stats surrounding hiring salespeople are troubling. With 70% of hires in the sales field determined ineffective, and only last 18 months, it can be difficult to find great team members. Could your top salespeople be your worst salespeople? In this video, Matt Garrett describes how your worst salespeople may look the best on paper.
Financial Reporting for non-profit organizations can be complex. Navigating what you should include in the presentation, how to prepare it for the board members, and how to hold your non-profit accountable for where the funds are coming from can be complicated. Here are a few pointers on the best things to include, and how to differentiate between different types of funds:
Leadership is vital to a companies success, especially during times of crisis. Therefore, your leadership team needs to be prepared to make educated, quick decisions for the well being of your business. CFOs have a huge role in the decision-making as they understand your business’ numbers best. How can you CFO help your business move the needle post-COVID and beyond?
Here are a few ways:
Happy customers are the backbone of companies. The easiest sale you can make is to a happy customer! And you can continue to sell to them, as their loyalty is with you. Here are a few ways to consider upselling your products and services to your existing customers:
During times of crisis, businesses need to consider the health of their finances now more than ever. Small businesses especially need to ensure they have tight control over their cash flow. In order to understand where your business stands, especially during times of crisis, you should have a cash flow forecast that details where you are profitable, where you need to save in order to prepare for uncertain circumstances.
Cash flow forecasting is something that needs to be done on a regular basis, especially during these times. These forecasts help your company better prepare for various potential outcomes that may occur.
On March 31, 2020, Matt Garrett, TGG founder and CEO, helped small business owners and employers alike to understand the economic stimulus package. This bill is complicated, but also extremely important for small businesses during these uncertain times. Here are a few key takeaways from the bill, and how you can move forward with your business plan.
The Coronavirus pandemic has thrown a wrench into a lot of businesses’ future plans. Business exit plans have also been changed due to this economic crisis. Mergers and acquisitions have been among the many exit plan options that have been drastically affected by the crisis. While mergers and acquisitions have survived through other economic crises, like the 2008 financial crisis, this one seems a bit more drastic. Here are a few ways we can see the effects of the crisis on mergers and acquisitions.
Finding the right people to sell to can be challenging, whether you are just starting as a business owner or if you have owned your own business for a while, and your target demographic is just not working out. Selling to the right people is vital to the success of your business, as these are the people who drive business back to your company. So how do you understand your target market?
During these uncertain times, it has never been more important to create profitability. The global pandemic and the closure of most businesses, has caused anxiety surrounding businesses staying afloat. At TGG, we understand how important your business’ profitability is to maintain, especially right now. Here are a few tips to creatively increase your profitability when you may not be able to run your business as usual:
In May, the Treasury Secretary announced that all SBA PPP Loans of over $2 million will be audited, and all loans under that amount may also be subject to an IRS audit. In the article below, John Milikowsky, the founder of Milikowsky Tax Law, breaks down what you can do right now to limit your risk of an IRS audit. The main takeaway is to get your financials in order right now. If you can track all of your expenses and prove where you allocated your funds, you’re already in great shape. Already applied for your SBA PPP loan? Download our TGG PPP Loan Forgiveness Tracker. Need a more in-depth look into your financials? Contact our team to help your business through this uncertain time.
Read the Milikowsky Tax Law Article here:
As state-wide lockdowns continue to be extended, we are just beginning to understand what reopening the economy will look like. Our recommendation? Small businesses should use this time to prepare their business for optimal operation.
Unfortunately, during times like these, it’s important for small businesses to prepare for the worst. If you understand where your business stands and the impact coronavirus will have on your operations, you will be well-equipped to plan for the future.
As companies proactively adjust their business operations in the wake of COVID-19, there are few things to consider in regard to crisis management. All businesses should have a crisis management plan in place to assure their success regardless of the unforeseen circumstances that may arise. Here are a few steps to take to create success in tough times:
Many people do not understand the differences between the varying roles of your accounting team. For example, Controllers and CFOs hold similar roles with a few key differences. As your business continues to grow, the ability to produce accurate, efficient financial statements will be increasingly essential to your success. This starts with hiring a rockstar accounting team. Here’s the best way to do it:
The coronavirus pandemic has created a need for businesses to become more focused than ever on their business expenditures and daily operations. The same can be said for the financial crisis of 2008 — when the economy takes a hit, organizations dial things in. Implementing the right survival strategy allowed many businesses to come out of the recession stranger than they were before. Here’s how they did it:
It’s time for TGG’s Client Spotlight! We have truly enjoyed building our relationship with Hydrate IV Bar over the past 2 years. Prior to TGG, Hydrate IV Bar relied on a CPA firm to produce annual financial statements, but Owner, Katie Wafer found that she wasn’t getting the timely or accurate financial information she needed in order to make educated business decisions. Through partnering with us, Katie discovered the power of The TGG Way™ in getting her the critical information she needed to run her business by the numbers.
Do you have your financial plans in order post-COVID-19? Financial planning can be difficult even in normal circumstances, and with the uncertainty surrounding the future of businesses, financial planning is even more challenging. The typical 5-year plan you use, that is based on accuracy, consistency, and predictable planning cycles, can no longer be used to determine the future of your business. Therefore, financial planning needs to take on a new, systematic approach to account for all potential crisis situations.
Many small businesses that are considering their future growth have considered hiring a fractional team to come support their everyday business functions. Fractional models offer many benefits to business owners that choose to go that route. These models can allow your company to get expert assistance at a lower price. Outsourced services are meant to assist and support your company as you grow and expand your business. How can your small to medium-sized business benefit from fractional services?
Cash flow forecasting can be a lifesaver for your business during uncertain times and preparing financial forecasts in advance is always the best option. But if you have been working to navigate COVID-19 without any forecasts, remember — it’s never too late to start.
These forecasts provide your team with a better understanding of your business and how well it is functioning. This information allows you to make timely, well-informed decisions without excessive effort. Wondering where to begin? Here are our top tips for cash flow forecasting:
On July 11, TGG’s founder and CEO, Matt Garrett partnered with SBDC @ UCI Beall Applied Innovation to discuss the ways you can grow your business through entity structure and formation. Being a business owner is one of the greatest achievements in Matt’s life and he has created a business structure that aligns with his mission and vision for TGG. There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding opening your own business, how can you create a business structure that will succeed for years into the future?
For businesses looking to expand their business without tacking on the steep cost of hiring an in-house CFO to their annual budget, an outsourced CFO hire can be the perfect solution. In this article we explore the advantages of hiring an external CFO, so you can make a more informed decision for your company.
The economic effects of coronavirus are still being determined, but it’s safe to say that most businesses have been affected in one way or another by this pandemic. As businesses attempt to protect their employees and keep their companies afloat, business owners have had to adjust their daily operations in order to succeed. How can we learn from history and better prepare supply-chain leaders to succeed in uncertain times?
Managing a company’s resources can feel like a daunting task for some business owners. The challenge becomes even greater for company’s with a high level of annual revenue and a large customer base to account for — without proper financial management, you could be leaving millions of dollars in value on the table.
As the effects of Coronavirus continue to unfold, we have seen small and medium-sized businesses take a hit. The government has worked to create funding to support these businesses during this tough time.
As the effects of coronavirus continue to unfold, you may have decided that it is time to sell your business and move on. As a business owner, it is vital to have a plan for a possible exit as soon as you start your business. How can you start planning for your business’s future? Here are a few tips: