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Managing Cash Flow

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With 2023 in full swing reach your financial goals by effectively managing cash flow.

Cash Buckets

The first step to managing your cash flow is to open six checking accounts, each named for their purpose: income, inventory, profit, owner’s compensation, taxes, and operating expenses are a great place to start. Opening multiple checking accounts prevents you from overspending in significant areas.

Next, you’ll have to prioritize money for certain expenses. This will help you save money for inventory, emergencies, taxes, etc. To avoid overspending, make purchasing decisions with the funds available in your account for that category. If the account is empty, wait for it to be replenished.

It’s important to stay in a rhythm. This means to avoid spending frenzies when cash is available allowing you to breathe easier when cash is in a pinch.

Reviewing Spend

Every two weeks, transfer the money in your income account to your checking categories based off pre-determined percentages. Every quarter make an extra payment on your debt, profit distribution, and taxes.

Also evaluate your pre-determined allocations quarterly. Some adjustments will likely need to be made. Finally, review the plan with your financial adviser annually to reach your financial goals.

Inspiration for this post comes from “Reach Financial Freedom” by Jacob Curtis published in the December 2022 issue of Creative Retailer.

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