Friday, September 2, 2011

Running Your Own Business

Starting a business may be quite easy but the problem comes in when running the business to realize good returns. Some investors may run their own businesses while others will decide to be passive and hire professional to run and make business decisions for them. Whichever the case may be, one needs to be well equipped with knowledge and skills to run and monitor the progress of the business to keep the business alive and realize some profits.

Record keeping

Record keeping is the most crucial element of running a business. Without proper records, you have no way of knowing whether or not your business is profitable, and you have no idea what products or services are working (selling well) for your business. You also have no idea what your federal (and/or state) tax liabilities are (such as income tax liability, payroll liabilities, sales tax liabilities, etc.).

You need to be able to make wise decisions on what documents to keep indefinitely, which to discard after some time and the ones to discard immediately. Some examples are as follows:

* Records to keep indefinitely- list of assets, tax forms, property deeds, loan papers, financial assets’ list etc.

* Records to discard after some time- warranties, mortgage records, bank statements, cancelled checks, manuals for appliances, contract forms, insurance papers etc.

* Records to discard immediately- manuals for disposed appliances, receipts for small purchases etc.

Handling employees’ benefits

You should have a proper plan of the benefits you offer to your employees whether for safety, motivation or even satisfaction as these have a great impact on the business. Some of these benefits include health insurance, retirement plans, disability insurance, flexible compensation and leave among others.

Every business owner should come up with an employees’ benefit plan which should protect employees and their families in case of economic hardships. This ensures that you promote morale and retain your employees while other people will be eyeing for a chance to work in your business.

You can come up with some financial plans for your business which include:

* Making a succession plan for management and ownership of the business for example in case of incapacity or death. This ensures a smooth and orderly transition of the business.

* Opt for business forms like limited liability partnership or limited liability company

* Avoid nondeductible compensation

* Establish a retirement plan like setting up a Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees where they can make contributions for use after retirement.

By keeping all the above in mind, you will successfully run your business with effective management plans and motivated employees.

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