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It’s halfway through the year and we can’t believe it either! Have you set yourself up for success by reforecasting, evaluating your pricing, meeting with your CPA, etc.? There are steps you can take to make sure you’re finishing this year strong and preparing for next year. Here are our top 3 highlights from our Founder & CEO, Matt Garrett to create safety and security in your business.
1. Budgeting vs. Forecasting
A budget is what you set at the year-end and it’s your annual business plan as you’re setting up for the next year. While you won’t start next year’s budget until around October, when October comes around, you’re going to take the first three quarters worth of results. As the year goes on, you’re reforecasting every quarter. You do that by looking back one quarter and you forecast out the next so you’re constantly rolling through this process.
As a reminder, take the time to meet with your Executive team. Understand what you’ve accomplished in the last quarter and what you’re looking to accomplish in the next three, four quarters and reforecast through it. As you do that, you’re going to have a much better understanding of where you are with your business and what you need to do to make effective changes.
This is unique to what’s going on in the world right now, but check all of your loan agreements. Make sure you understand when they renew, what are they for and what the interest rates are. If you have to renew and you were paying 4% and now, you’re going to pay 7% because of raising interest rates, make sure you’re checking on all of your loan agreements in order to avoid an uncomfortable surprise.
While checking your loan agreements, make sure to check your lease agreements as well. Do you have lease and rental agreements that have cost of living increases every single year, or do you have leases that have 2%, 3%, 4% percent annual escalators? Do you have the ability to extend under the prior lease terms? Or do you have to renegotiate a new lease? Can you renegotiate a new lease now even if you have 2, 3, or 4 years left on your existing lease in order to get your rates and rental rates locked in for now, and the future to be safe? These are all things you should be thinking about and looking at it when it comes to your lease agreements.
These are just a few steps you can take to make sure your business is on track and you’re preparing for year-end. To see what other steps to take, download our TGG Mid-Year Checklist! Our team has put together a comprehensive list of everything you should be doing right now and as you start to plan for next year.
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