Small Business Guide to Relief and Recovery: Financial Planning
May 12, 2021
We are focused on offering tools to help small business owners with the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus. The path forward may seem overwhelming, but FE Small Business Finance will continuously update our guide to help small business owners meet the challenge.
The categories in our “Guide to Relief and Recovery” include:
- Financial planning
- Risk management, including how to avoid COVID-19 loan scams.
- Resources, including SBA emergency grant and loan programs and webinars.
Today, we focus on financial planning, with tips on how to manage cash flow, work with lenders, keep track of revenues and expenses and more.
This is key, said Chuck Sinks, who leads FESBF’s business advising team. “Financial planning now needs attention on a daily and weekly basis,” he explained.
“To stay ahead and be able to make smart pivots, prepare cash forecasts for each of the coming weeks for the next quarter. Revisit the forecasts frequently based on changes in your industry.”
Check back often as Chuck and the advising team continue to add updates.
And remember, please bookmark this guide.
MANAGE YOUR CASH FLOW
- Budget for the upcoming 30 days or 60 days.
- Reduce overhead, all discretionary and non-essential expenses. Modify business hours as needed.
- Negotiate with the landlord for concessions (reduction, slower payment, late fee waiver, etc).
- Franchisees should contact franchisor rep and request “Royalty Holiday” in writing.
- Keep cash disbursements to a minimum.
- Cut back on staffing/payroll if necessary.
WORK WITH YOUR LENDERS
- Complete a cash-flow analysis to determine any funding gaps.
- Communicate with your lenders – contact FE and/or your bank if you are unable to meet your loan commitments.
- Carefully review your loan documents with your lender and discuss any potential challenges.
MONITOR YOUR KEY INDICATORS
- Assess quick/current ratios, customer orders, equipment utilization, receivables, operating expenses, cash buffer days and working capital.
- Prepare 13- and 26-week cash forecasts and stress test the underlying assumptions.
- Assess eligibility for government and private sector relief.
- Find alternative sources of revenue.
- Re-allocate resources to areas of growth, online and beyond.
- Audit spending and eliminate unnecessary items.
- Determine what segments are working and which are not.
- Convert fixed to variable costs where possible.
- Revisit capital expenditure plans.
- Reduce / curtail lower ROI efforts.
- Ensure investment in critical innovation for the future.
- Flag non-recurring expenses.
STAY CONNECTED AND UP TO DATE
We closely monitor best practices and resources to help you manage your business. Here’s how to get the latest details:
See our COVID-19 Small Business Guide to Relief and Recovery
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