The end of the financial year (EOFY) is quickly approaching, and the weeks leading up to July 1 can be a crunch time for Australian small businesses, with many rushing to get their financials in order to meet their legal obligations. Although it is natural to be feeling some pressure, it is not like the date has been hit on SME owners unexpectedly – it is the same 30th June every year.
To help you to get things on track, we have compiled the following tips that can turn the EOFY into good opportunity to review, plan and prioritise your business goals and strategies for the new financial year.
EOFY strategic planning
While there are numerous financial requirements to meet at end of financial year, it is vital that you do not neglect planning for the future of your business as part of your EOFY checklist. How did your business perform in comparison with forecasts and your projections? What are your company’s goals for a 12 months’ and a five years’ horizon – and what steps are you making to reach those aspirations?
It is worth to allocate your time to revise:
Review your financials and forecast
It might be a good start to review your financial statements from the last year, with attention to the items where you spent the most of your income; the amount you paid in fees or interest and any recurring subscriptions. Take a closer look at your income and expenses for the current year, running a variance analysis on your budget. If your numbers differ from your projections, find out why.
Reviewing your statement might open up the ways you can save money over the next year. You might negotiate to buy the most frequently used items in bulk, approach your suppliers or utility providers to discuss the lower rates, or remunerate employees with non-monetary incentives like flexible working hours or an opportunity to work from home.
Create cash flow projections
To be successful and achieve growth, a business needs a robust cash flow to meet its everyday expenses. Management team needs to create projections for next year based on operations your business performed this year before you start considering new ideas for next year. Collect the best estimates from the sales department for the coming year if your business operations and the market stay generally the same. Consider the possibility of your customers buying smaller or larger quantities from you, whether you think your expenses will increase or decrease and if your competitors, consumer preferences or new technologies will change your marketplace. As a result, update your cash flow projections so you can plan for any potential shortages, or consider shortening or alternating your payment terms.
Time saving and streamlining procedures
Spend less time on admin and routine tasks, so you can create more time to focus on growing your business. Here are some useful strategies that can help you with time management:
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