August, 2017 – The United States has the most advanced technology services industry in the world. According to Financial Times, Silicon Valley groups occupy the top five spots among the world’s most valuable companies. The industry accounts for 7.1% of U.S. GDP and 11.6% of U.S. private sector employment. There are approximately 388,000 software and IT services companies in the United States, of which more than 99% are small, medium and micro sized firms. These firms operate in a mature, stable market which has a reputation for producing reliable and effective solutions that accelerate rapidly to the marketplace.
“Audits” are usually considered a monumental undertaking for small and medium business (SMBs) owners. However, audits plays a critical role in helping to evaluate the effectiveness of a company’s internal controls, availability of reliable financial reporting, fraud prevention, utilization of its assets and reduction in its cost of capital. Audits also ensure that the business is meeting the expectations of their stakeholders and meeting regulatory requirements of the industry.
Below are the best practices that can help audits flow smoothly, while delivering lasting benefits which will enhance business performance.
For any business whether small, medium or big, the significance of financial reporting cannot be underestimated – it provides information about the financial position and changes in the financial situation of a business. However, the flip side of that coin is that financial reporting is complex and many businesses find it challenging to assemble the right team of people that can keep them in compliance as well as provide timely information in a format that allows their management team to make informed decisions when needed.
Some ‘Financial reporting’ challenges that are faced by small and medium businesses (SMBs) are outlined below:
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.
In this blog, we will highlight a few tips every SMB owner can follow to ensure an efficient and successful month-end close.
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.