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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.

On May 4, 2020, the SEC announced temporary conditional relief for small businesses that have offered Regulation Crowdfunding offerings in the past to allow them to raise additional funding through Regulation Crowdfunding investment offerings under more expedited and less strict criteria.

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:

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!

The Paycheck Protection Program has been created to assist small businesses during this unprecedented time. The SBA PPP program is only a part of the CARES Federal Stimulus package, which works to counteract the economic downturn related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, the SBA PPP has run into several challenges while dealing with the delivery of funding.

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:

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.  

With the changing technological times, almost every company is utilizing technology to run their businesses. This can put a company in a vulnerable position if they do not have the right cybersecurity protocols in place. Small businesses tend to be the first target for hackers, as they assume that smaller businesses don’t take the time to protect their company from cybersecurity threats.

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.

This is an article of accounting and finance tactics on how to survive and thrive that our CEO, Matt Garrett shared in a webinar presentation with Vistage.  You can view the recorded version of the webinar and the article here as well as on the Vistage website.

When Matt Garrett, CEO and Founder of TGG Accounting, started thinking about how he would lead his team through the COVID-19 crisis, he thought of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton whose story of survival was chronicled in the book “Endurance.”

“What got this team to survive in brutal conditions was process, routine and sense of purpose,” says Garrett. He has adopted a similar strategy, which is this is just one of the insights he shared for surviving and thriving in a recent webinar for Vistage. Here are the seven tactics for thriving that he outlined to help small and midsize businesses power through today’s health and economic crisis.

In a world that is changing more quickly than ever, businesses need a plan when things go sideways. Companies like Cisco have taken the principle of “planning ahead” seriously, ensuring that they don’t have to be worried about the effects of the Coronavirus outbreak, they can calmly implement their Pandemic Response Plan. According to the document published to their website, Cisco has “well-established processes to coordinate our efforts during outbreaks like COVID-19, including our Global Business Resiliency (GBR) and Supply Chain Incident Management (SCIM) Processes.”
Business Resiliency programs centered on surviving unprecedented crises, like the coronavirus outbreak are the exception, not the rule, especially in smaller companies. Annual reviews and “fire drills” ensure that operations do not become so reliant on existing supply chains and processes that they cannot pivot in case of a crisis. For critical business operations, larger companies conduct audits and annual exercises to make sure their resiliency plan works to mitigate disruptions.

The SBA Paycheck Protection Loan Program has changed as of today, Friday, April 3, 2020.

Matt Garrett reviews the eligibility requirements, loan terms and fund allocations required for businesses who receive these PPP loans.

You’re thinking of selling your business…now what? It can be an overwhelming process to know where to start and what buyers are going to be focusing on. Here are some pointers on where to start as you target a future exit; which revolves around planning ahead and running a financially conservative business.

Quality of Earnings Report

Historically, companies planning for an exit strategy would focus on three years of audited financial statements as the standard reporting expected by a buyer. Today, a Quality of Earnings Report is much more desirable. For either of these to be effective (or even possible) however, you need to have accurate books. With those in place your CPA can come in and give you a Quality of Earnings Report to prove beyond a doubt to a potential buyer that the financial information you are providing is correct.

In the third part of our 4-part series, we are focusing on how to retain your employees since they provide real value to your business every day. The ideas we’ve outlined below are intended to help you find ways to keep your employees fulfilled in their current positions in a tight job market.

We are beginning a 4-part series, focused on safeguarding your business to withstand economic changes; both positive and negative. We will give you tactics to consider depending on how the overall economy is directly impacting you and the performance of your business. We’ll begin our series with five opportunities to contemplate during times of growth.

In March 2019, the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index increased to a historically strong level. Of the small business owners surveyed, 23% said the next 3 months was a good time to expand their businesses. If you are one of these business owners and the current market has been good for you, then here are 5 tips to help you capitalize on your success.

Tax season is officially in full swing. For those in the small business world, there are a lot of questions surrounding the recent 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and how those changes to the tax code could positively or negatively affect this year’s filings. These are some of the biggest changes seen in three decades and the overall result is a big win for small businesses. We looked at the changes and pulled out the five most important tax changes for small business owners.

Every year TGG’s Founder and CEO, Matt Garrett speaks with thousands of small business owners around the country. They ask him numerous financial and accounting questions, yet the same ones come up time and time again. These are the most frequently asked questions Matt has been asked:

accounting balancing the books

What should your ideal accounting department look like? It’s a common question among businesses. It’s important to know proper roles and responsibilities along with how to best structure it. When it comes to accounting, a multi-layer structure is critical to provide appropriate internal controls and to produce accurate and timely financials to manage your business.

You have a plan that’s specific to your business. Now what? How do you execute on this big picture plan? Start by using your budget and forecast to run your business by the numbers. Running your business by the numbers also means tracking Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) and establishing a regular cadence for meetings to be able to execute your plan and measure your results.

Annual business planning is one of the most important things that a business owner or CEO must do. It sets the strategy, the goals and determines the tactics for the following year.

Of course, there is a lot to consider in terms of where your business has been and where you are headed. It’s important to be organized and stay focused because how you plan often sets the tone for your business. Here are 7 key steps for an efficient planning process.

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.

Selling your business can be a cumbersome task. Where do you even start?

Most business owners are experienced at running a business, often very successfully. However, selling a business is usually not something most business owners have a great deal of experience with, especially if this is their first sale.

Most business owners know about valuation and exit scenarios and have heard stories from others about their experiences selling their business – both positive and negative. But there are so many terms, details, possible scenarios, and implications involved in any merger and acquisition (M&A) transaction that it’s next to impossible for most business owners to be experts in this area.

Rather than getting caught up in all sorts of lingo and potential details, it’s best to understand that any sort of M&A transaction is a nebulous process – the value of the deal is as acceptable as whatever both parties involved agree it is. Instead focus on a couple of key areas that you, as the business owner, can control.

tax traps for small businesses

There’s a small business tax trap that many owners fall prey to. The IRS requires you to make quarterly estimated payments of your tax liability. Most of us small business owners either underpay the tax rate or not even pay at all. The worst part is that, unfortunately, a lot of CPAs aren’t paying attention to this either.

So how do we plan for taxes appropriately? We need to make sure we’re not falling into this tax trap, where we get stuck and end up paying a huge chunk of our revenue at the end of the year to pay for taxes we didn’t expect.

Remember, the number one cause of business failure in this country is a lack of cash. To combat this small business tax trap what you’ve got to do is make sure you have enough cash on hand to pay your taxes. After all, they’re your number one creditor every single year.

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.

Cash accounting and accrual accounting are two concepts that are foreign to most people, but it’s important to understand the difference. As a business owner, if you manage your books on a cash basis, you will ultimately fool yourself. Why is this?

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.

What’s the easiest sale that you can make as a business? The easiest sale you can make is to a happy customer, and you can sell them something else. Here are a couple upselling tips:

First, you can sell your customers a new product or service. This is actually the hardest of these three different upsells to make, because you have to create or stock a new product, or provide a new service.
Next, you can sell your customers more of what you’re already selling them. It’s the same product or service, but more of it. This expands the relationship.
Third, you can do something that is often the easiest to do, but people are the most fearful to try. You can increase your prices.

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.

Establishing a plan for business growth in the coming year requires thoughtful planning. An objective review of your sales strategy and tactics, and building a sales plan are a key to the success of your business.

We offer some tips on what to contemplate when building a sales strategy recognizing that as your year unfolds, the strategy and goals may change. The sales metrics and milestones you establish should be reviewed throughout the year to ensure they remain relevant to your overall company goals and to the changing environment.