By Stephanie Elsen
Budgeting is an estimation of the revenue and expenses for your company over a specified future period of time. In order for your budget to benefit you, it needs to be monitored on a regular basis.
Budgeting lets you look at “what-if” scenarios. What if you purchased a new asset? What would be the change to your cash flow? This enables you to make smarter buying decisions.
So yes, a budget can definitely help you! All CenterPoint Accounting Software products contain budgeting capabilities. If you are interested in getting help setting up and using budgets in CenterPoint, call your Customer Care support number, and the support experts will be happy to help you!
By Stephanie Elsen
Sometimes things happen so gradually that we hardly realize they are happening. Life happens, and one day we realize we’ve gained a few pounds, our house needs to be painted, and the car needs a tune-up... A similar thing can happen in business with your accounting software system!
Freeze-ups and lock-outs
If your current accounting system keeps on locking you out or freezing up, it may be because you are outgrowing its data limitations. It could be the number of inventory items, transactions, and years of history or a combination of things. Once you have outgrown your system’s capacity, it’s hard to keep it working efficiently and it may be time to search for something new.
Workarounds are the norm
When your needs become more than your accounting system can handle, you may start to use workarounds to accommodate your system needs. The more workarounds you create and use, the more manual work you create for yourself. After a while your workarounds become your norm, and you may not even realize how much time is spent on them. A new system that is more suited to the way you need to handle your accounting could really shave some manual work out of your day.
Like the purchase of your vehicle, no accounting system lasts forever. An upgrade to your current system or a completely new system will eventually be needed to keep up with your growing business. Though a transition may be difficult, it is worth it in the end.
Here is a handy calculator by MSN Money you can use to review your company's financial ratios. Use ratios to compare financial information to that of your peers to see your strengths and weaknesses. By the way, there is also an entire ratio module available for CenterPoint Accounting Software!
It can be hard keeping track of everything you need to when you are self-employed. MSN gives some tips on how to stay organized.
Here the IRS shares ten ways to get help from them - just click the link to read the PDF document!