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6 Tips to Help Small Businesses Avoid Bankruptcy

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This article from the New York Times: “I’m Not a Number’s Person” sheds light on two of the biggest pitfalls that small business owners face: 1) Having no accounting skills 2) not hiring a competent accountant to help. Small business owners are often charged with handling all tasks related to the business, including bookkeeping. If you aren’t a numbers person. Hire a certified and educated numbers person to help you.

Here are a few simple accounting tips that may help keep small business owners out of bankruptcy.

  • Keep personal accounts separate from business accounts
  • Track your inventory
  • Don’t confuse profits with cashflow – Read I’m Not a Numbers Person for more perspective on this pitfall
  • The person who handles the cash should NOT control the books
  • Reconcile your checkbook every month – every business owner needs to review their monthly cash receipts and cash disbursements and compare with their budget to check for deviations.
  • Hire a competent accountant with the credentials and the education to back up their skills – or you will end up looking for a competent small business bankruptcy lawyer.

If you or your small business are dealing with unmanageable debt or other problems that threaten its continuation, there are a variety of options, including bankruptcy, that might be a viable solution to getting rid of debt and saving your business. Contact us at (406) 752-5616 to discuss your options.

 

 

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