A Work In Progress (WIP) report consists of an accounting schedule that’s a portion of a company’s entire balance sheet. In best practices, each accounting period has a calculated work in progress report that complies with GAAP principles. These reports are required on projects where the Percentage of Completion (POC) accounting method is used. The WIP report typically consists of current period and project-to-date financial metrics that explain each contract the company is working on, however, the format does change from company to company.
Small businesses are among the most vulnerable groups to fraudulent activity. These businesses are more susceptible and face a greater risk of fraud because typically, they have employees working across many different departments as their job description, there is a closer relationship between the staff and owners, there are few oversight procedures in place, their accounting department has less expertise on financial functions, and there is a larger impact on the bottom line of a small fraudulent event.
How can you prevent fraud in your small business? Here are a few tips to help you keep your company safe:
As the effects of COVID-19 continue to unfold, many companies have found themselves in a situation for which they were unprepared. Without implementing proper crisis preparation tactics, companies will continue to suffer, as businesses deal with future unexpected occurrences. Being prepared for a potential supply chain disruption, allows companies to work proactively rather than having to react without time to adequately consider their options.
No matter how emotionally attached you feel to your business, it is essential to start considering an exit strategy as soon as you open your doors. An effective exit strategy will allow your company to take advantage of timely opportunities, such as an acquisition, an IPO, or a lucrative partnership. Planning for future changes by using these types of strategies will also give you the flexibility to set aggressive goals and pivot accordingly as you reach them.
Small businesses are doing everything they can to overcome the economic hurdles created by the COVID-19 outbreak. It is clear that every business will be impacted in some way, but restaurants and bars have been hit especially hard—and suddenly— by the pandemic.
While chains like Denny’s and IHOP have the cash reserves in place to pay workers—even during the shutdown—small, non-chain restaurants across the country were left feeling abandoned and desperate when faced with mandated closures. In response to the crisis, a slew of programs, grants, and resources have begun to take shape, along with a regularly updated Hospitality Industry Alliance COVID-19 Facebook group. Here are a few of the solutions we think will be most helpful for owners of restaurants, bars, and other small businesses:
In response to the economic impact of coronavirus, Congress rolled out the Main Street Loan Program to help businesses get funding to stay afloat. This program provides $600 billion in financing for all businesses. Before you consider applying for this loan program, there are a few things to consider.
A skilled finance team provides strategic direction, sophisticated insights into the company’s financial situation, financial forecasting, growth planning, and tight control over budgets and cash flow.
However, interviewing, hiring, training, and paying full-time salaries for each of these employees can be expensive and time-consuming. Many small businesses just don’t have the resources to assemble a full-time finance team. Outsourcing can help!
Over the last week, the Federal Reserve has updated the Main Street Lending Program. There are 5 major changes that the Federal Reserve has made to the Main Street Lending Program that banks will start lending on within the next two weeks.
If you are eligible you should highly consider taking out one of these loans. It is inexpensive money, and will likely go as quickly as the SBA PPP Loan funds. Get started organizing your information with our MSELF Loan Organizer so you are prepared and at the front of the line to get your money.
Here are the 5 major alterations to the MSELF loan program requirements:
The government has implemented yet another business stimulus loan program called the Main Street Extended Loan Facility (MSELF). This loan program provides up to $2.3 trillion in loans to larger businesses in need. All US banks are eligible to originate this loan. Before you decide to apply, there are a few criteria and features that you should know.
As most business owners know, the team behind your bookkeeping is vital to the success of your business. Still, things can get a little complicated when it comes to understanding the roles and responsibilities of each person. In the interest of clarity, we at TGG are always interested in the numbers and transparency, let’s outline each of their roles and responsibilities.
Adopting new technology can be daunting, but innovation is critical to business survival in the age of digital disruption. A recent survey by Ernst & Young revealed insights to help boards of directors improve their companies’ approaches to adopting emerging technologies. Here, we’ve broken down the key takeaways for boards looking to expand and improve their company’s focus on innovation.
As we look into the second quarter of 2020, the question that remains on many business owner’s minds is: will the rules outlined in AB-5 stand in the face of coronavirus? Concerns around the new criteria for worker classification outlined in Assembly Bill 5 were common at the start of the year, and many business owners chose to reclassify large portions of their workforce as W-2 wage earners rather than their previous classification of a 1099 independent contractor.
Only one in 20 small businesses has accurate financial statements.
That makes up only five percent of businesses. Almost half of all small businesses experience some kind of accounting theft at their company, which costs them an average of about $114,000 per occurrence.
The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners puts out a report annually that is a giant eye-opener for how much fraud and theft is out there. The numbers are staggering–and it’s was one of the factors that led CEO Matt Garret to found TGG Accounting. Small business accounting can help mitigate these threats.
In an interview with Stay Wealthy San Diego, Garrett shares the story behind TGG and how it’s turning traditional accounting on its head.
This is an article about our CEO, Matt Garrett’s presentation to Vistage. You can view the original article on the Vistage Website.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen, finance experts say the global economy is spiraling towards a recession at best. Some also warn that a depression may be right around the corner with unemployment levels we have not seen for 90 years.
“This is 100% unprecedented,” says Matt Garrett, CEO of TGG Accounting, who has spoken to more than 600 Vistage groups about finance best practices for small and midsize firms. “We’re going to lose years and years of productivity. It’s going to present a massive unemployment problem…and a massive problem for the business community at large.”
Having led businesses through the 2008 recession, Garrett offers candid advice for CEOs trying to prepare their firms for today’s tumultuous environment. “Run your business by the numbers,” he says. “Get the numbers right and then make decisions based on those numbers.”
From a tactical point of view, Garrett says, this means taking seven steps.
Small and medium sized businesses are usually at a crossroads when it comes to their bookkeeping and accounting, especially if they’re growing. “Should we hire a Controller or should we try to do it ourselves?”
There’s a third option that gets frequently overlooked: outsourced accounting services.
Outsourced accounting didn’t really exist ten years ago, but small businesses are turning to full-service outsourced accounting firms more often to increase efficiency, add professionalism and save time and money.
Most business owners assume that having an in-house bookkeeper, Controller, or CFO who can pay bills, run payroll and manage company finances is the best scenario for their business. They believe having a person down the hall will ensure they have a clear view of the company’s financial position, but this isn’t always the best solution.
In this post, we’ll explain why having access to greater financial expertise can be game-changing for small businesses looking to grow.
At TGG, we meet business owners everyday that are reluctant to outsource their accounting and financial functions because they think it will reduce visibility into the financial health of their business.
At the same time, they’re struggling with accounting and reporting issues–even when they have someone on staff to handle bookkeeping.
Large companies benefit from accounting and finance departments that have several layers of expertise at their disposal.
It’s usually too costly for small businesses to staff an entire finance department. But they can emulate this model by using an experienced, outsourced accounting service that provides the right expertise at the right times.
You might be surprised to know that this does not necessarily mean getting rid of your current staff.
Accounting for small business can mean different things at different times in your company’s growth and it’s important to have the right expertise on hand.
Here are the most common questions we hear when small businesses are considering outsourced accounting services.
Cash is king. Everybody knows it and yet businesses are lax in their cash flow reporting and forecasting. CEO and founder of TGG accounting, Matt Garrett explains why “cash is king” and what you can do to have more of it and move the cash you have more wisely.
55% of businesses are failing in the first four years. According to The Brookings Institute 11% fail every year thereafter. This is all attributed to lack of cash. Here are 6 elements of cash flow management to watch:
- DSO (how fast you get paid)
- DPO (how fast do you pay people)
- Discounts – give them to get paid faster, ask for them to reduce expense
- Human capital management (utilization)
- Inventory management