The monthly financial close process is a daunting task for many small and medium businesses (SMBs), as it consumes many hours to double-check data and formulas, fix mistakes and consolidate multiple spreadsheets into a final set of financial reports. For many SMB’s, this process is all done manually which really extends the amount of time it takes. As a result, the chances of errors are relatively high which can result in severe consequences for an organization.
Accounts receivable is perhaps the most critical process for SMBs to conquer as its improper management could lead to unhealthy cash flows. There are several challenges that SMBs encounter during their accounts receivable process cycle such as: difficulty in matching payments to invoices, receiving late payments, rising Days Sales Outstanding (DSO), invoice delivery problems, customer resistance to electronic invoice adoption, customer attempts to extend terms, very limited payment methods and inaccurate and outdated information.
These challenges can be mitigated if SMBs take control of their accounts receivable process. However, they must understand and employ the right steps in the right way. Outlined below are some suggested steps to take:
Countless unexpected issues can pop up for SMB owners that create seemingly overwhelming challenges – many of them financial in origin. The most common issues faced by SMBs are: maintaining a positive cash flow, not getting accurate reconciliation reports on a monthly basis, and securing funding for the company’s growth. Fortunately, SMBs can easily manage these issues through with a solid financial process and reporting.
In this blog, we’ll talk about the 3 biggest financial issues that SMBs face, as well as tips to help them manage these issues.
SMB owners are often so focused on growing their business that they neglect an important issue – payroll compliance. From payroll and benefits to hiring processes, employee relations and risk and safety, SMBs must adhere to regulations or else run the risk of being penalized. According to the Department of Labor, a massive 80% of employers have some degree of non-compliance with wage-hour laws and the wage and hour division collected more than $266 million in back wages for more than 280,000 employees in 2016
In this blog, we will highlight the top 3 common payroll compliance errors made by SMBs
A balance sheet is like a thermometer for SMB owners that provides a reading on the health of their business and ignoring it can be fatal to a business as it records all the assets, debts and shows the ‘net worth’ of the business at any given time. A company’s balance sheet gives a quick sense of the business’s health and liquidity as well as its ability to generate cash flow but it is only when the balance sheet is healthy.
So the question is, what should an SMB owner do to improve their balance sheet and make it a healthy one?