If you have a specific societal problem you would like to address, such as a charitable cause, educational issue, or even helping unwanted dogs and cats find their forever homes, you may be thinking about starting a non-profit organization. While you will be able to do much good, it is important you know all the major steps involved in your project. Though certain disadvantages exist, just as there are with any venture, the pros outweigh the cons. Now that you know what you want to do, here are some of the biggest benefits to forming a non-profit.
In business, risk is anything that could negatively impact your revenues, reputation, or future operations. When you try a new vendor, you take on risk. Their products or services could be below your standards, and cost you customers. When you expand an existing business line, there’s the risk that new products and services could not sell. Think of business risk in terms of exposure to anything that could cause your company to fail.
Just because there’s a positive balance in your checking account doesn’t mean that your business is making money. Checks that you’ve written for expenses may not have cleared yet, or customers could have paid in advance. Relying on a positive balance to determine if your business is solvent could be dangerous.
You may have heard about subscription businesses and what owning a subscription business might be like. This article will help clarify what you may or may not have heard by going through some of the basics of owning and operating a subscription business.
As technologies advance and real estate costs increase, more and more companies are moving towards allowing workers to telecommute. With the advantages of having remote employees, comes the question of how these employees interact with the company resources. While many companies choose to provide workers with computers and cellular phones, technology allowances have also become a method by which companies request that the employee provide his or her own technology. Additionally, many workers prefer to utilize their own devices for work, even if the company does not provide reimbursement. Many companies have welcomed this drive in their employees as it lowers their own costs, as well as provides an increase in productivity. With any remote system accessing company data, security and legal compliance become risk factors that must be analyzed.
No business looks forward to the time-consuming process of closing their books at the end of each month. It’s certainly not the fun part of running a business. It can be tedious. (Though when business is doing well, it can be encouraging to see everything closing nicely in healthy shape.)
The relationship between accountant and client is a relationship based on open communication and the exchange of relevant ideas, and this serves as the basis for decision making. Without the exchange of ideas between client and accountant there is no value added to the decision making process. Key to the relationship between both client and accountant is what can be viewed as an exchange of “relevant ideas.” For there to be an exchange of relevant ideas both parties need to establish what information the other party would likely need in the near-term and the long-term.
Clients (and accountants) are human whether we like it or not. And as we know, humans make mistakes. Identifying and fixing financial mistakes is a large part of the effort expended by clients and accountants. An analysis of these efforts make up the crux of this article.
Now that you’ve closed on your purchase of a business, what are you going to do? Sit back and watch? Closely managing the transition from the former business to your new business is the recommended task at hand.