A 360-Degree Approach to Financial Spring Cleaning

Tax season is behind us! What was your experience? Did you have everything you needed at your fingertips or were you scrambling to pull documents and records together?

The process of filing your taxes likely brought to light issues that exist with your financial records, and more importantly, your strategies and practices. Now is a great time to invest in some financial spring cleaning. Start by asking yourself the following:

  • Were your high-level financial documents accurate and in balance for 2018?
  • What is your current state of cash flow and do you have a cash-flow forecast?
  • Do you have both short and long-term financial goals and a strategy to reach them?
  • Are your financial goals aligned with your company’s vision and mission?
  • Do you have Key Performance Indicators in place? If so, are they being monitored regularly and acted upon?

If your financials are lacking in any respect, many areas of your business can be negatively impacted including profitability and growth. Perhaps you need to do a 180 where your financials are concerned. If so, look at it from a 360-degree perspective.  

The Minerva 360 BlueprintTMwas created with the business owner’s comprehensive success as its objective. It’s all about keeping your business momentum going…and growing! It begins with a “discovery process” during which your company’s most urgent needs, as they relate to your overall financial picture, are identified. We help the owner gain a comprehensive understanding of their financial position, develop a clear vision for where and how the company can grow, and provide specific tools for addressing various financial elements.

We can take it a step farther by helping business owners understand how their leadership style affects what is working and not working in the business. We do this through Minerva’s Energy Leadership Index (ELI) which helps you tap into your goals and motivations, and then provides you with customized tools to guide you in your unique decision-making processes. We then deliver customized financial and leadership strategies and methods that are essential for taking your company to the next level. Our support continues in a variety of roles – from keeping your books clean and up to date, to developing and implementing a detailed “blueprint” for growth and acting as an accountability partner to help you achieve your vision.   

It’s easy to get started. Take the Minerva 360 BlueprintTM Quiz at www.360blueprint.info. You’ll receive a personalized assessment, recommendations, and the opportunity for a complimentary follow-up phone call to dive into your results in even greater detail. To learn more, visit http://www.theminervagrp.com/ or contact us.

Getting to Your Profit Plan by Understanding Your Financial Statements

Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, is the starring entrepreneur of the hit CNBC show, The Profit. If you’ve ever watched the show, you likely enjoy the entertainment value it affords as Lemonis invests his own money in small businesses that are struggling.

Lemonis goes through a vetting process before making an investment in a business. That process includes understanding the company’s people, products and processes, as well as getting a look behind the curtains at the company’s financials.

What strikes me more than anything about this process is how, more often than not, the business owners on the show are clueless about their financials.

Sometimes the owner is savvy enough to have an accountant who has put the financial statements together, however, rarely is the business owner able to flawlessly navigate their way through the statements.

One of the main reasons why understanding your company’s financials is so important is that it allows you to do one of the most important things for your business, and that is, to create a profit plan. You don’t need to become an accountant or a CPA to read a financial statement, but you do need to keep tabs on the numbers in order to run your company and achieve your profit plan.

The Minerva Group can help by showing you how to navigate your way through your financial statements.

Imagine having the ability to collect more cash each year. The secret to doing this might just be hidden in your financial statements. Uncovering those hidden treasures could help you:

  • Improve your cash flow
  • Borrow less
  • Invest in new equipment
  • Hire staff to help grow your sales

There’s really no shame in not understanding how to read a financial statement. The real missed opportunity is not doing something about it.

We are experts at helping business owners get a handle on their financial statements so they can build a profit plan that gets results. We do this by performing an in-depth financial assessment of the health of your company, using your past financials as our guide or creating financial statements based on your books.

We also help in a variety of roles – from keeping your books clean and up to date and preparing and filing your taxes, to developing and implementing a detailed, strategic blueprint for growth. We take it a step further by acting as your accountability partner, helping you achieve your profit plan for the company.

We’d welcome the opportunity to connect with you and help you get a handle on your financials. Contact us today to learn more.