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Your New (Financial) Year Resolutions

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Having the right resolutions in place for the coming financial year is important for the success of any business. The equipment finance and insurance specialists at Moody Kiddell & Partners have drawn up a list of 8 resolutions no business should do without.

DO A FINANCIAL HEALTH-CHECK OF YOUR BUSINESS
Review your financials and key ratios for liquidity, profitability and return on investment. Useful ratios include:
i. staff productivity / processes
ii. utilisation of business assets

It is important to compare these results to prior years to help identify strengths, areas of potential growth and possible threats to your business.

REVISIT YOUR STRATEGIC PLAN
Analyse your market and consider future industry developments in your plan. Make sure you have clear business objectives. Address any weaknesses identified in your financial health-check and include a work plan that designates responsibilities and sets due dates for implementation.

DRAW UP A BUDGET FOR THE NEW FINANCIAL YEAR
It is important to align your budget with capital expenditures and finance requirements to achieve your strategic plan. When setting your budget, list all your assumptions for the coming financial year. When you’ve completed your budget, give it a stress test: what would happen if there was a 10 per cent reduction in sales or a 20 per cent increase in the cost of fuel?

PREPARE A CASH FLOW FORECAST
Forecasting and regularly monitoring your cash flow will allow you to take advantage of opportunities as they arise in your business.

ENSURE YOU HAVE A FINANCE OPTION TO COMPLIMENT EXISTING FACILITIES
All businesses need finance to fund ongoing operations and growth. Finance can be provided from debt, equity or be internally generated through a business’s cash flow. It is good business practice to have some surplus finance available to cover business contingencies including taking advantage of new opportunities.

REVISIT YOUR MARKETING PLAN
Focus on sales that have high margins and good counterparties that pay regularly. Measure the success of each promotional activity to gauge its effectiveness.

REVIEW YOUR RISK MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
Managing risk is vital for your business planning. If you locate an area of risk in your business but don’t think you can mitigate it then it is important to make sure you are protected with the right insurance policy.

RISK AWARENESS AS PART OF KEY MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
Implementing risk management strategies into your business operations can help mitigate the seriousness of existing threats. Three ways to manage potential risks to your business include:
• Don’t rely too heavily on a small number of major customers. This can be achieved through increasing customer numbers and helping smaller customers grow
• Don’t rely too heavily on one supplier
• If you are selling on credit, make sure you do credit checks and limit the amount of credit suitable to each customer. A credit insurance policy can also mitigate the risk of customer non-payment

Having these resolutions in place will help position your business to achieve its goals for the coming financial year.

To find out how Moody Kiddell can help your earthmoving business call 1300 000 657 or visit www.mkpgroup.com.au

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