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David Brown: It’s Time To Get Your Financials in Order

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With the end of the year looming, this is your
last chance to maximize or minimize earnings


This article originally appeared in the October 2015 edition of INSTORE.

business advice for jewelers from David Brown

The end of the year is fast approaching, meaning this is a good time to be thinking about your financial situation. Most businesses wait until the year-end has passed before getting their statements organized, but this can be too late to take advantage of some pre-year-end financial planning.

For any business owner looking to sell in the next three to five years, each year’s financial statements become increasingly important as any prospective buyer will be looking back at this information when it comes time to assess the business’s performance. That’s why now is the time to be thinking ahead and making sure your financial house is in order.

First, have a close look at your inventory. How much of it is now worthless? Should you be getting ruthless ahead of the year-end (and particularly the holiday season) with this product? Clearing it out can provide you with much needed cash to get you through the December lead-in period. What if this product has been around for years and survived every sale you’ve ever put it through? Then maybe it’s time to write it off. Talk to your financial adviser about what steps you can put in place now with the year-end coming up. What year-end expenses could you be claiming as a deduction? Bringing expenses forward into this financial year can help minimize your tax liability but again this depends on what your objective is. If you want to reduce your tax bill, then showing a lower profit is certainly an advantage. However, if you’re planning to sell your store, then you would want your profit to look as good as it can. Again, these objectives should be discussed with your financial adviser ahead of the end of the financial year to determine which strategy is right for you.

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“Have a close look at your inventory. Should you be getting ruthless ahead of the yearend?”


Are you looking at investing in any new plant or equipment? Once more, discuss this with your financial adviser. They can advise you as to the ideal timing to make the most from these larger expenses.

What about income? Getting some of your work in progress completed ahead of the financial year-end can boost your profits but is this what you need to be doing? There are advantages and disadvantages depending on your financial goals. Speeding sales through, or contacting customers to collect their repairs can be good for cash flow and help show improved earnings depending on how your financials are completed. However, it can lead to a higher reported profit and an increased expense with Uncle Sam. Is this what you need to be doing?

Again, now is the time to ask these questions of your CPA or financial adviser. A little bit of preparation can help make (or save) a lot of money later.


David Brown is president of the Edge Retail Academy. To learn how to complete a break-even analysis, contact [email protected] or (877) 569-8657.

 

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When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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David Brown: It’s Time To Get Your Financials in Order

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With the end of the year looming, this is your
last chance to maximize or minimize earnings


This article originally appeared in the October 2015 edition of INSTORE.

business advice for jewelers from David Brown

The end of the year is fast approaching, meaning this is a good time to be thinking about your financial situation. Most businesses wait until the year-end has passed before getting their statements organized, but this can be too late to take advantage of some pre-year-end financial planning.

For any business owner looking to sell in the next three to five years, each year’s financial statements become increasingly important as any prospective buyer will be looking back at this information when it comes time to assess the business’s performance. That’s why now is the time to be thinking ahead and making sure your financial house is in order.

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First, have a close look at your inventory. How much of it is now worthless? Should you be getting ruthless ahead of the year-end (and particularly the holiday season) with this product? Clearing it out can provide you with much needed cash to get you through the December lead-in period. What if this product has been around for years and survived every sale you’ve ever put it through? Then maybe it’s time to write it off. Talk to your financial adviser about what steps you can put in place now with the year-end coming up. What year-end expenses could you be claiming as a deduction? Bringing expenses forward into this financial year can help minimize your tax liability but again this depends on what your objective is. If you want to reduce your tax bill, then showing a lower profit is certainly an advantage. However, if you’re planning to sell your store, then you would want your profit to look as good as it can. Again, these objectives should be discussed with your financial adviser ahead of the end of the financial year to determine which strategy is right for you.


“Have a close look at your inventory. Should you be getting ruthless ahead of the yearend?”


Are you looking at investing in any new plant or equipment? Once more, discuss this with your financial adviser. They can advise you as to the ideal timing to make the most from these larger expenses.

What about income? Getting some of your work in progress completed ahead of the financial year-end can boost your profits but is this what you need to be doing? There are advantages and disadvantages depending on your financial goals. Speeding sales through, or contacting customers to collect their repairs can be good for cash flow and help show improved earnings depending on how your financials are completed. However, it can lead to a higher reported profit and an increased expense with Uncle Sam. Is this what you need to be doing?

Again, now is the time to ask these questions of your CPA or financial adviser. A little bit of preparation can help make (or save) a lot of money later.


David Brown is president of the Edge Retail Academy. To learn how to complete a break-even analysis, contact [email protected] or (877) 569-8657.

Advertisement

 

 

 

 

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SPONSORED VIDEO

Wilkerson Testimonials

If It’s Time to Consolidate, It’s Time to Call Wilkerson

When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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