Keeping your business finances running smoothly is one of the most important steps in ensuring success and making better decisions. If you neglect your finances, you could have trouble getting loans, and you could end up making decisions that will cause you more issues. Luckily, you have a few options to mitigate these issues.
Consider Becoming Better Educated in Accounting Basics
Accounting is something many business owners struggle with, especially when it comes time for taxes. However, if you become more knowledgeable about the basics, you will find it much easier to manage your business finances, and you can ensure taxes go smoother.
While you can teach yourself some of the basics, you can also consider getting a degree in an accounting-related field. It can be expensive, but a student loan can help make school more affordable. You can think of getting your degree as making an investment in yourself.
Build Up Your Credit Score
The credit score of your organization will affect everything from getting contracts to qualifying for credit to the amount of insurance you have to pay each month. It is important to check on your credit report regularly. Building credit can begin by getting a DUNS number, and you can use the number when you apply for credit accounts or cards.
Making payments on time will show your business is financially reliable. Know that not all the vendors and credit card companies out there report this information, so making payments on time may not have an impact all the time.
You may want to do your research to make sure you get the right credit card for your business, especially if your goal is to build good credit. There are also credit-building projects you can apply to, and these will take past payments into account, including them in your business's credit score.
Consider Tax Time
You will need to pay federal and sometimes state income taxes on any income you bring in. The way you pay your taxes and even the amount you have to pay will depend on the company's structure and the amount of revenue you are bringing in.
Regardless of how much you owe at the end of each quarter, you should ensure you set aside enough money each month so you have the money to make your estimated tax payments. Typically, estimated taxes are due in April, June, September, and January.
If the exact dates are on a holiday or weekend, the deadline will likely be on the next business day. However, you should do your research to make sure you understand when yours will be due.
Consider Small Business Loans
When you have a better idea of your financial situation, you may need to consider whether or not you need to get a loan. If you do get one, you might be better prepared to resolve cash flow problems. Plus, you will be able to get the necessary equipment and office space.
When you have your finances in order, you will find it easier to qualify and submit all the necessary information. You might need to have collateral, your business plan, and reports on all accounts.