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How To Conduct A Mid-Year Budget Review

With the midyear upon us again, it’s a great time to perform a budget checkup to help evaluate how your business is performing and determine whether any adjustments should be made to ensure a successful year-end. Consider these key areas of your budget when conducting a midyear review:

How are your year-to-date expenses and revenue aligning with your initial projections? Are you meeting your sales goals? If not, how will you address the situation? Add new products/services? Eliminate unprofitable products/services that may be zapping your time? Are you pricing your product correctly? Is your marketing/sales plan being followed? What is the potential revenue from the changes you are making?

What is your cash flow situation? Many businesses have been experiencing significant cash flow shortages due to cost fluctuations in supplies and, in some cases, slow-paying customers. Consider performing a cash flow analysis to help detect if there are any collection issues or whether you should revisit some of your vendor relations. Once you’ve reviewed key areas such as the actual costs of your inventory or supplies, vendor payments and collections from customers, it will help you make the appropriate adjustments.

Are there any adjustments you should consider from a tax perspective? A few areas to evaluate from a tax perspective include whether there have been any recent changes in tax laws, plans for capital expenditures, and tracking your quarterly tax payments to see if any adjustments should be made. With economic conditions changing so drastically right now, it’s a great time to review these payments rather than wait until the year-end, when you usually do.

If you hire new personnel, there are more things to consider as well. Will additional phones be needed, cell phone or computer? How much training time is needed? What will the training cost? Are more supplies needed? Is there enough office space?

Have questions or need assistance with your budget review, contact us today.

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