Business Brains Guide
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Get a sturdy lockable filing cabinet and durable hanging folders. Purchase manila folders to tuck inside the hanging folders, and make certain you've likewise got several manila envelopes on hand that you may tuck receipts into and label simply.
Organize your financial papers chronologically, and divide them by types. Sort all your financial papers into piles and stack them chronologically. Make sure you have folders for bank statements, credit info, bill stubs, payroll check stubs, receipts, tax info, realty papers, investment papers, insurances and statements, loan agreements and any other financial papers in separate hanging folders. Further separate your tax info by year. Include returns, receipts, copies of W-2s, 1099s and other pertinent tax info. Divide the bill stubs by the companies they represent and divide realty papers by mortgage documents, home improvement receipts, second mortgages and so on.
Crucial documents like savings and certificate of deposit passbooks, car titles, stocks and yearly IRA, pension and profit-sharing statements should be kept in a safe deposit box, along with any vital records and valuables.
Make certain to keep on top of your inbox, particularly your bills that need to be paid up. Put them in a separate place where they're easily seen and handy.
If purging documents from your filing system, be sure to hang on to tax paperwork for at least 7 years, and other financial documents for 3 years.
Financial planning software for your computer is available, and most are very user-friendly. Some include online banking functions. If you decide to use this, make sure to back up your data on a regular basis.
If you make a commitment to keep on top of your filing and organization system continually, you'll benefit if the time comes to locate those crucial documents essential for your continued success. If you don't, the paperwork demon will easily deluge you again and might mean trouble for your business.
1. Create a vision. Before you get lost in details, start out with a
vision or a mission statement. A mission statement should include
values and a future view of your business.
2. Make an executive summary. Executive summary summarizes
the whole business plan. Executive summary is necessary, as it is
important to gain the interest of the viewers to continue looking at
your whole business plan.
3. Include a description of your targeted market and services. This
is essential to allow viewers to get a clear picture of what you are
trying to sell or service. State it clearly in your business plan.
4. Include an analysis of the business environment and
background. Do not expect viewers to understand what you are
dealing with, even if your business is not a new idea. You may also
review it anytime in the future for further adjustments.
5. Include a marketing and operation plan. Say it in the report
how you will run your business. Include every details of it. Be clear
and make sure your reports are easy to view.
6. Analyze your business competition. Find out all the detailed
information you can get from direct or indirect competitors. Read
about them from business magazines, newspapers, or get
resources from trading associations. Understanding competition is
crucial to make a perfect business plan.
7. Finance planning. There is no business without involving
finance. Be sure of your business financial status, and make clear
reports about it. Justify your figures because a slight mistake may
ruin your business plan, or your reputation in front of the viewers.