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Business owners do not always have the luxury of a strategic planning department. Management responsibilities, sales and daily operations consume most of an owner’s day. Our team can become your strategic advisors. We provide the tools to capture and analyze the data to streamline your growth plans. By identifying the key performance indicators that will help measure and monitor your goals, we can bring clarity and empower owners to make the changes necessary to succeed. We are your executive team that can create consistency, clarity and identify progress.
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KPIs vary for each type of business. Fisher, P.A. can help you develop KPIs most relevant to your business, formulate them into a dashboard and review them with you on a regular basis. Our CPAs can also provide you with comparative data based on their extensive experience with other businesses as well as other industry sources.
In the beginning, your sales forecast was based on market research, your sales and marketing plan and your best estimates based on experience in your industry. Even the best start-up sales forecasts need to be reworked in light of new information you’ve learned from actual operating performance. Because our CPAs advise many small businesses, we have extensive experience with sales forecasts and can perform a periodic checkup to see whether your sales forecast is realistic in light of your specific circumstances.
Amid frequently changing costs and pressure to make sales, many small business owners find it challenging to keep up with whether they’re maintaining adequate profit margins to sustain their business. Our team can help you calculate and track gross margins by product or service, by customer (or customer group) or by job. Most importantly, we can help you identify causes of margin erosion and recommend changes you can make to get your margins back on track.
Cash flow management makes the difference between success and failure for most businesses. Fisher, P.A.’s team of CPAs can provide you with the kind of professional cash flow forecasts an in-house finance department would provide to management in a larger business. Our team can help you answer the questions: What will our cash balance look like during our slow season? Will we need to borrow to cover shortfalls? Do we have a large enough line of credit?
Accounts receivable can be difficult to forecast until you have enough history to identify trends. Our team has access to trend and benchmark data for other businesses similar to yours and can help you forecast seasonal fluctuations and compare your A/R performance to industry benchmarks. Our team can also help you identify needed adjustments to your credit and collection policies.
Sometimes an accounts payable problem arises suddenly. But more often problems develop over time and can be corrected before they become crises. Fisher, P.A. CPAs can review your accounts payable and help you develop a plan to resolve payment issues and prevent them from occurring.
For many businesses, inventory is a major draw on operating capital and cash flow. If your business has seasonal fluctuations, inventory forecasting can be difficult. Our team of CPAs can help you forecast your inventory needs and evaluate inventory financing options from suppliers, local banks and commercial lenders.
Most lenders include certain loan covenants in their lending agreements such as a requirement to maintain certain types of insurance coverage, to meet a certain debt to income ratio and so on. Failure to maintain these requirements could result in penalties or even worse — having your loan called. We can help you develop a scorecard to monitor and stress-test your loan covenants in light of your financial forecasts. If a loan covenant breach is likely, your CPA can help you develop a plan to bring your business back into compliance or to renegotiate covenant requirements with the lender.
For most businesses, payroll is a major expense. Our team can help you locate industry benchmarks and develop a scorecard for you to monitor. We can also provide an objective checkup on your health care expenses, retirement plan and other employee benefits. If you need specific benefits help, our team can provide you with a referral to a specialist.
Preventing emergencies is one of the benefits of scheduling regular checkups with our team. But you can’t predict some situations such as the loss of a major customer, a lender unexpectedly calling a loan, a personal health problem or other unpredictable event. When you’ve been meeting with our team on a regular basis, we know your business and are in a better position to help you when an emergency arises. Because we are specially trained and advise many small businesses, our team is uniquely qualified to advise you on your financial options in a crisis situation.