Magnifying Your Money – Tips in Business Finance Management

In putting up any kind of business, the end goals are primarily profitability and progress. Magnifying your money is the target endpoint. To be able to do such, you ought to focus on a very important aspect of your business- Business Finance Management. Below are some tips that you can follow not just to ensure the sustainability of your company, but to probably maximize its potentials.

1. Raise Money- Lots and lots of it. Businesses need more than sufficient funding. They need funds for the expected expenses, more funds for unexpected problems, and reserved funds for possible beneficial ventures. As such, when you are attempting to look for funds and possible investors, maximize the opportunity. Prepare big time but feasible business propositions. When opportunities for investment and profit knock on your doors, take chances and welcome the chance. However, you ought to grab the risks only after you have carefully examined the possible consequences of your business venture.

2. Acquisition is not always the answer. During business ventures, there is always plenty of room for additional expenses. Your first budget allocation for a certain expense may not be enough. You may need additional equipment and materials that require you to make unexpected expenditures. In such cases, note that buying what you need is not the only option. Look for alternatives such as renting or leasing the equipment you need. However, do take note of the rental or leasing fee versus the acquisition expenses, in accordance to your time frame for equipment usage.

3. Inform the concerned. In business ventures, you ought to keep pertinent parties aware of whatever is happening in your business. Pertinent parties refer to those who will be affected by the profitability or fund inadequacy in your business. These parties include your bank, your investors, your suppliers, your customers, and even your inland revenue representative. Realize that keeping them informed maintains good business relationships. It may also heighten their concern for your business needs such as additional funds and/or more profitable business deals.

4. Welcome Renegotiations. There are some cases when your investors, suppliers, and customers ask you for renegotiations on your transactions. Be open for such possibilities and options. Avoid limiting yourself to uniform business deals. Recognize that suggestions made by the people you are working with are worth your attention. This will not only help you maintain good business relations with them. Instead, it can open your doors to business opportunities which may prove to be beneficial in the long run.

5. Stick to strict payment and debt procedures. Renegotiation starts and ends with business deals. They should not extend to your payment procedures and debt accountability. When allowing your customers to go on credit, do a thorough financial check first. Set clear procedures for payment and be sure to follow them, without exceptions. You should also set a specific deadline for each debt. Realize that a service or product on credit is a potential loss for your business finances.

6. List everything. This may be a tedious task but such may prove to be very beneficial for you in the end. Realize that no matter how big or small your business deals are, all of these mirror how you manage your finances and all of these affect the overall outcome of your business venture. As such, you ought to practice proper bookkeeping and accounting.

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Moneydance – A Cross-Platform Personal Finance Manager

I have to admit, I am a software junkie. I like good software that works as it should and does it’s job with a minimum of effort on my part. When I first started using a computer at home, one of the first things I started looking for was a software program that would manage my finances and allow me to keep up with what I spend. It is essential for me because although I do not have a lot of different finances to keep up with, I need all the help I can get. I began using Microsoft Money and while I actually like the way it operated, it did have it’s drawbacks. Chief among them is the very obtrusive advertisements and the fact that Microsoft Money (you pick the year) would not open a perfectly good money file that had been opened even once in the next year’s version of Money. I can see that being the case every once in a while, when the file format has to change for whatever reason, but to do it every year is a bit over the top. The next program I used was AceMoney and I used it until I converted from Windows XP to Linux almost two years ago.

When I started using Linux, I knew I could use AceMoney on my Linux system, as long as I installed Wine, which allows Windows applications to run on Linux, but I chose not to do so. I preferred to us a program that was designed to run on Linux itself. After doing some research online, I decided to take advantage of a free trial offered by Moneydance, an open source, cross-platform personal finance manager for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS. It took a bit of playing around with the software before I was used to the way it does things, but after I did, I had no problem purchasing the full version for $29.99. In my opinion, it is well worth the price.

As with any software program there are pros and cons to using it. Everyone likes to do things differently and every personal finance manager does things it’s own way, at least a little. One of the main things I do not like about Moneydance is the way it installs on my Mepis system. Actually, I think that has more to do with me getting used to doing things the Linux way, so that really isn’t a complaint. Once installed, Moneydance is relatively easy to use. It opens up to the home page and there are a variety of items you can have showing up there. You can see from the screenshot below that mine is pretty simple. I do not have stocks or bonds, but you can show stock quotes if you want. Just add an investment account and then add the stocks from your portfolio into that account.

One of the things I really like about the way the home page is set up is the transaction reminders, both the list and the calendar. It is very easy to tell what items I have due, coming up or even overdue. It is also very easy to add new reminders by clicking on the link at the top. The great thing about the reminders is that you can use them for transactions or just a general reminder. The transactions can be set up to be entered automatically or just to remind the user to enter them manually.Overall, the home page of Moneydance is very usable and it can be edited to add or remove items that you do or do not need or want. As you can see, I display my checking account, as well as both of my credit card accounts on the left side. That allows me to see at a quick glance what I have in my accounts.

As with any personal finance manger, the main heart of the program lies in it’s register or ledger. That’s where the bulk of the work is done in the program and that is where I spend most of my time, entering transactions and reconciling with my bank account. It is in the register that I had to learn to do things a little differently than I was used to doing. For example, there is no keyboard shortcut to mark a transaction cleared or reconciled. You can do so by right clicking on the transaction and choosing it from the context menu and while it gets the job done, I find it a bit cumbersome to do. However, there is another way to accomplish this that works very well and after getting used to it, I find it much easier to reconcile the register with my online bank statement.

You can see in the screenshot to the right that there is an Actions link at the top left of the register screen. Clicking on it drops down a menu with a reconcile action. Choosing that brings up a dialog that lists the beginning statement balance and asks me to enter the ending statement balance, which is basically the target balance that I need to finish up with. Before I get to this point, I have already looked at my online bank statement and have that figure noted. Once that is entered, Moneydance brings up a small window that lists all of my transactions that are not cleared or reconciled. That window can be positioned directly over the Firefox tab containing my bank statement and from there, I can use the mouse to mark the transactions cleared and see how my register balance matches up with the bank statement. I can see very quickly if there is a mistake in the register, without ever opening the bank statement I receive in the mail.

I have found that using this small window actually speeds up my work in making sure the transactions are correct and the online bank statement and my register balance are correct. It saves me a lot of time and effort by not having to alt+tab back and forth between windows. As I said, it took me a while to get used to doing things that way, but once I did, it makes clearing a lot of transactions much easier and faster. I am pretty set in my ways, but this is one thing I have learned to do differently and glad I did.

Another feature I find very useful is the way Moneydance can backup my money file with no action from me, after the initial setup is performed. I make daily backups in a folder on a completely separate partition and Moneydance takes care of the rest. Trust me, the backups have saved my bacon more than once and even if I don’t have a hardware problem, it really came in handy when I installed SimplyMepis 8. It was a snap to load my backup file and have all of my data at hand. I have found it is essential to keep backups and Moneydance gives you a variety of options to choose from.

There is one other thing that I found to be a bit different from most other personal finance programs I have used and that is the way Moneydance treats accounts and categories the same. I am no accountant, but that is evidently the way most actual accounting software It’s called the double entry method and while I don’t understand it completely, it basically links the different accounts to each other. In KMyMoney and other personal finance managers, you can set up a transfer from one account to another by calling it a transfer. In Moneydance, I had to choose the account in the category section of the transaction in order to get the changes to register in both accounts. Once I got past the difference, it’s a piece of cake.

As with most personal finance managers, Moneydance remembers the transactions and will complete them automatically for you. If I enter a transaction to Aldi’s to purchase groceries, it remembers that and until I tell differently, all transactions to Aldi’s will be entered into the “Food:Groceries” category. That comes in very handy and I can set up a reoccuring transaction by right clicking on the transaction line and telling Moneydance to “Memorize” the transaction. Very quick and very easy to do. I suppose I could say that Moneydance is very intelligent in the register and the way it handles the transactions.

I could go on and on about the features of the program, but this article is already longer than I had anticipated. Suffice it to say that I am quite pleased with Moneydance. Yes, there are things that I would like to see changed. For example, the only way to hide past transactions in the register is to archive them, but I have found that the number of transactions in the register doesn’t seem to slow the program down, so I am living with that. It’s just a matter of personal preference in that regard. The documentation could also be a little more thorough, but I have worked past that as well. If you are looking for an easy to use personal finance manager, I would urge you to give Moneydance a try. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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Sell Your Receivables by Using a Mortgage Note Buyer

Over the past few years, as the real estate market in our country has drastically declined in this country, more and more people are finding it hard to get buyers for their property. Whether you are the owner of a single family home or a multi-unit property, you may be more eager than ever to sell it and realize what equity you have left in it. One way of doing this is by financing the buyer yourself.

By managing the financing of your property, you take control of the entire purchase and ensure that it happens on your schedule. You also manage to create a nice cash flow situation for yourself, but sometimes cash flow just isn’t enough and you need capital. A mortgage note buyer is what you are looking for.

The role of a mortgage note buyer is to step in and buy the mortgage or note from you, taking you out of the picture entirely. Of course you will pay a little for this luxury, and you will lose your cash flow, but you will also be able to realize the equity, or at least part of it, that you had in your property.

In today’s economy, where banks are unable or unwilling to loan to people with even the best credit, it can be very difficult to sell your property. By financing the note yourself and then bringing in a mortgage note buyer to take it off of your hands, you will actually have the best of both worlds. You will be able to sell your property quicker and you will also have the luxury of seeing money in your own bank account. This is a situation where everyone wins – from the buyer of the property, the seller of the property, and the mortgage buyer, too.

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How to Maximize Your Finance Management Through Bank Bonus Offers

Choosing your bank or various aspects of your banking needs now earns you money. If you are diligent and know where to find the best offers, you can earn stellar rewards for simply stowing or accessing your money through the right financial institutions. Numerous bank bonus offers make it easy to get easy money.

The current economy makes it necessary to save money at all costs. Finding the best way to save means finding savings that come with earning opportunities. There are ways to earn cash on nearly all forms of banking.

One such offer that many people are familiar with are the cash back rewards for choosing to travel with travelers notes or checks. By opting for non-currency payment options when traveling abroad, users earn a cash bonus of $25. This has been a long running offer and it is still up for debate whether or not this is worth the hassle of finding merchants that accept the notes in different areas.

Other offers and incentives range the gamut from back to school rewards to savings for choosing to bank online. Some banks offer as much as $75 for opening and maintaining an account online. Terms and conditions do apply however and some institutions may require a minimum balance throughout the first year or so of the accounts duration.

Online research can help you choose the offers that will provide the maximum benefits for your available funds. Many individuals find that with the vast amount of offers that are around, it is beneficial to keep money stashed in several places. Rewards as significant as $75 can add up pretty quickly. With the right strategy, some investors can earn more through rewards than they would through the available interest on a standard account.

This also applies to credit cards. It may be beneficial to pay one card down if the cash back reward is high enough to offset the actual charges on the bill. This is a great way to make payments on old debts without having to dig too deeply. By taking a strategic approach to these offers you can weather the economic downturn and arise with refreshed credit when the economy stabilizes. There are even offers that are designed specifically to assist with this issue, allowing you a tailored credit restore program with little hassle.

Other companies offer non-cash incentives. Choosing to work with a certain financial institution may earn you a host of varied gifts from travel discounts to popular electronics. If you have had your eye on a particular item but did not wish to purchase it, this can be a stellar reason to stow money away for a bit in order to earn the reward.

Studying bank bonus offers can give you a unique path to making money the easy way. If you have savings that are earning a less than ideal rate of interest, you might be able to get the return that you want by opening a new account in a different place. With a little ingenuity, the advantages provided by these rewards are significant.

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