My advice to my small business owner clients in these times of change.
How will small business owners take advantage of the tax savings and invest in their businesses?
Will management consider purchasing new equipment? (The 2018 tax code provides a more favorable depreciation schedule.)
Will companies hire in order to expand their markets and hopefully increase profitability?
Or perhaps they will invest in research and development to stay in front of an everchanging marketplace.
If the tax code will improve the bottom line, management should consider the best options to put the “extra” cash to good use. They should not wait until year end to address the impact the changes will have on their companies.
Strategic planning, both short term and long term is needed.
A financial advisor can provide some insight by projecting year end profits, but a wise management team also examines the ways that good use of the tax savings can improve profitability in the coming years.
Unfortunately, strategic planning is not a priority for most small business owners.
Management is compelled to address the day to day pressures of the business and often neglects planning for future growth.
Their primary concern is making certain there is adequate cash to pay the bills. At year end when they are assured of a favorable EBITDA, they start to think about using the net income for future growth.
Waiting for year-end financial statements is too late.
2018 may offer an opportunity to strategically plan how to use the tax dollars advantageously. Small business owners should prepare strategic plans for both the short and the long term, using realistic cash flow projections that can help them determine the best use of the tax savings along with a consideration of operational changes to improve the profitability of the company.
The year- end tax saving may fund some of the strategic plan for growth, but there may have to be other considerations to ascertain there are adequate funds available to expand a market, or a product line.
Complacency is not an option
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About the author
Marjorie Weber has been educating entrepreneurs and guiding them in their search for capital for the past 16 years: combining business training programs with one-on-one mentoring. Marj is currently a financial advisor for Florida SBDC at FIU. She was Chair of SCORE Miami Dade from 2010 to 2014. She also serves as an advisor to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program and the SBA Emerging Leaders Program and provides training for Veterans seeking an entrepreneurial path upon retirement from the service. She has facilitated workshops under the auspices of Miami Bayside Foundation, Little Haiti Cultural Center and .local banks. She commenced her career as a real estate investment banker in New York and Miami..She uses these long term relationships to assist her clients in accessing capital. She knows both the process and the people and has assisted in providing financing for hundreds of businesses in Miami Dade.