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The Business of Budgeting your Business

The Business of Budgeting your Business

A budget? So, who needs a budget? You do-that’s who.

Unlike the government we actually need to balance our checkbooks. A budget allows you to identify spending habits, and allows your business (or personal) to make necessary adjustments and changes.

       Don’t just be in business to stay in business-be in business to grow your business

There are many areas to delve into for a complete business plan, for practical purposes we will stick to budgeting and a few essentials.

Check list: All of this and more inside my 16-award winning book:

“the sexy little book of finance III” 2 books in one-Personal & Business

  • Your budget should be on a spreadsheet in excel or another format so you can update.
  • Personal budget and Business information should be part of your routine.
  • Make copies of all serial numbers of vehicles, laptops, cell phones, or any other important information of equipment.
  • Copies of any operators or employees who have access to any equipment, vehicles, should have their drivers license and insurance so you have the information and can check any expiration dates.
  • Credit card numbers, expiration dates, and all employees who assigned a card
  • Record of all policies or contracts
  • Starting inventory and ending inventories (daily, weekly, monthly, and annually) or as deemed appropriate for your business model
  • Bank loans, all financial information stored & backed up daily on a private server or encrypted cloud program
  • ADD your own categories.

You should have a full marketing plan (in writing), websites with SEO search, game plan how are you going to market your product or services – internet-seminars-mailers-email campaigns-workshops-etc. If you are looking for money from a bank or lending institution all this will be necessary. Everybody thinks they can apply and get approved in 15 seconds with 3 little questions and nothing else to provide…SORRY, little things like bank statements, tax returns, personal financial statements (free on our website) just to mention a few things. You can see what else may be required on our website.

Now back to budgeting…

 

Month _________________                          Beginning Cash Balance $ ___________________________

Category                                 Estimated Budget                        Actual                       Difference

Revenue/1099                         _______________                  _______________      _______________

Accounts Receivable               _______________                  _______________      _______________

Investment Income                 _______________                  _______________      _______________

Interest Income                       _______________                  _______________      _______________

Other                                       _______________                  _______________      _______________

Total Actual Income:              _______________                                                      _______________

EXPENSES

Rent/Lease                              _______________                  _______________      _______________

Loans                                       _______________                  _______________      _______________

Accounts Payable                    _______________                  _______________      _______________

Inventory Purchase                 _______________                  _______________      _______________

Equipment Purchases             _______________                  _______________      _______________

Office Supplies                        _______________                  _______________      _______________

Cell Phones                              _______________                  _______________      _______________

Phone/Internet/Fax                 _______________                  _______________      _______________

Advertising                              _______________                  _______________      _______________

Printing                                   _______________                  _______________      _______________

Postage                                   _______________                  _______________      _______________

Payroll                                     _______________                  _______________      _______________

Payroll Taxes                           _______________                  _______________      _______________

Health Insurance                     _______________                  _______________      _______________

Repairs/Maintenance             _______________                  _______________      _______________

Automobile Expense               _______________                  _______________      _______________

Gas/maintenance                   _______________                  _______________      _______________

Auto Insurance                        _______________                  _______________      _______________

Business Insurance                 _______________                  _______________      _______________

Accounting fees                      _______________                  _______________      _______________

Retirement contributions        _______________                  _______________      _______________

Web hosting                            _______________                  _______________      _______________

Other                                       _______________                  _______________      _______________

Total Actual Expenses $ _________________________

Total Income________________ minus Total Expenses______________ = Ending Balance_______________

Be Prepared-Be Informed-Be Successful

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You Have the Right to Bear bridge Loans…

The right to bear bridge loans…

What?

bridge loan is a type of short-term loan, typically taken out for a period of 2 weeks to 3 years pending the arrangement of larger or longer-term financing.

Bridge loans are interim financing (short term) for an individual or business until permanent financing obtained. Money from the new financing is generally used to “take out” (i.e. to pay back) the bridge loan, as well as other capital needs.

The problem for businesses in particular is the length of time it takes to obtain permanent financing like term loans, credit lines, mortgages and so on. Banks can take up to 6 months or longer to approve certain types of loans. That does not help anyone who needs to move quickly for cash. They generally turn to the secondary market-quick cash, factoring loans, etc. The cost of money there is very high and generally creates cash flow problems on paying back daily or weekly ACH payments from their bank accounts.

Bridge loans are typically more expensive than conventional financing, to compensate for the additional risk. Bridge loans typically have a higher interest rate, points, origination fees, and other costs that are amortized over a shorter period, and various fees and other “sweeteners” (such as equity participation by the lender in some loans)  the good news is they are typically arranged quickly with relatively little documentation or lower credit requirements, and longer term more effective financing for the business or individual.

Bridge loans are often used for commercial real estate purchases to quickly close on a property, retrieve real estate from foreclosure, or take advantage of a short-term opportunity in order to secure long-term financing. Bridge loans on a property are typically paid back when the property is sold, refinanced with a traditional lender, the borrower’s creditworthiness improves, the property is improved or completed, or there is a specific improvement or change that allows a permanent or subsequent round of mortgage financing to occur. The timing issue may arise from project phases with different cash needs and risk profiles as much as ability to secure funding.

A bridge loan is similar to and overlaps with a hard money loan. Both are non-standard loans obtained due to short-term or unusual circumstances. The difference is that hard money refers to the lending source, usually an individual, investment pool, or private company that is not a bank in the business of making high risk, high interest loans, whereas a bridge loan is a short-term loan that “bridges the gap” between longer term loans that can take 6 months or more to finalize.

Typical terms of up to 12 months 2–4 points or more may be charged plus origination fees- probably 2 points or more. A bridge loan may be closed, meaning it is available for a predetermined time frame, or open in that there is no fixed payoff date (although there may be a required payoff after a certain time). An average is around a total of 6 points (6%). Which is usually much less than factoring and other secondary market loans with lower interest rates.

A bridge loan is often obtained by developers to carry a project while permit approval is sought. Because there is no guarantee the project will happen, the loan might be at a high interest rate and from a specialized lending source that will accept the risk. Once the project is fully entitled, it becomes eligible for loans from more conventional sources that are at lower-interest, for a longer term, and in a greater amount. A construction loan would then be obtained to take out the bridge loan and fund completion of the project.

A consumer is purchasing a new residence and plans to make a down payment with the proceeds from the sale of a currently owned home. The currently owned home will not close until after the close of the new residence. A bridge loan allows the buyer to take equity out of the current home and use it as down payment on the new residence, with the expectation that the current home will close within a short time frame and the bridge loan will be repaid.

A bridging loan can be used by a business to ensure continued smooth operation during a time when for example one senior partner wishes to leave while another wishes to continue the business. The bridging loan could be made based on the value of the company premises allowing funds to be raised via other sources for example a management buy in.

A property may be offered at a discount if the purchaser can complete quickly with the discount offsetting the costs of the short-term bridging loan used to complete. In auction property purchases where the purchaser has only 14–28 days to complete long term lending such as a buy to let mortgage may not be viable in that time frame whereas a bridging loan would be.

Bridge loans have many advantages, the risk is generally on the lender. One big advantage even though the interest rate is higher for a bridge loan the payments are usually interest only and the payments are very low. Most will require up to 6 months interest in escrow in advance-but you won’t have payments for 6 months plus they give you an option of rolling in the fees into the loan or deducting from the proceeds.

An example of how it works:

You apply for a 5-15-year term fully amortized with reasonable rates (based on your credit worthiness) once the bridge loan is in place. It will take about 90-120 days or more to get that in place.

You might get an offer that looks like this: offer is 11% interest only for 12 months with a monthly payment of about $3,000. They’ll want 6 months of interest held by lender to apply to monthly payments (around $3k per month – so $18k total.  We can add it onto the loan for a $318k loan amount or they will fund $282k in proceeds out of the 300k.  You won’t have to make any payments for 6 months.)

Understanding your finances gives you the power to obtain the best terms, rates, and options available. Do your homework, check your credit and correct BEFORE you apply for a loan. Going to the bank directly is not a very good option for a business, almost 90% of all small business loans from banks are declined. That is why they make companies like ours-we find them for you – you will never find yourself.

Read our blog on all the good things you need to do to get a loan…Be informed

Frank

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Equifax update…Use Extreme Caution

 Equifax tweets sent victims to phishing site

Consumers were misdirected to a phishing website by Equifax itself (you can’t make this stuff up), according to various published reports.

Over the last couple of weeks, tweets from the official Equifax account and signed by “Tim” directed a handful of Twitter users to a fake site instead of to the official Equifax site set up specifically to help concerned consumers, Equifaxsecurity2017.com.

The fake site used an address similar to the valid Equifax site. Instead of offering help, the site mocks Equifax for “using a domain that’s so easily impersonated by phishing sites.”

Equifax has since deleted the tweets.

“All posts using the wrong link have been taken down,” a company spokesperson said. “We apologize for the confusion.”

Equifax has said that the personal information of 143 million consumers was potentially compromised in the cyberattack revealed by the company Sept. 7.

 

Equifax data breach and credit freeze: Beware these 3 scams

Consumers must be doubly vigilant following news of the massive mishap, experts warn. Even if you were wise enough to put an immediate fraud alert or credit freeze on your credit files, con artists are likely to go into hyperdrive finding new ways to take advantage of the hack and the publicity surrounding it.

“Don’t panic. But be vigilant,” said Susan Grant, director of consumer protection and privacy at the Consumer Federation of America. “With this breach, criminals have everything they need to victimize you.”

Here are three cons that experts believe will become prevalent in the aftermath of the Equifax (EFX) data breach.

Impostor scams (even after you’ve initiated a credit freeze)

The Federal Trade Commission warned Thursday that it expected a new wave of imposter scams, with con artists posing as representatives of Equifax “calling to verify your account information.” Given that Equifax is providing free credit monitoring and credit freezes in wake of its data breach, the call may sound legitimate, the agency warned. But don’t ever provide any privy information over the phone.

The purpose of this con is to get you to provide private information — including some of the information that was leaked in the breach — to a caller or via email. Even if your information was leaked, not all fraudsters are likely to have access to it.

Providing information to a new con artist over the phone simply increases the chance that you’ll be victimized. Of course, if your data wasn’t part of the Equifax attack, giving it out over the phone gives you a chance to join your friends and neighbors in having your data exposed on the dark web.

Information about the Equifax breach, including a simple tool to tell you whether the company believes your data was accessed in the breach, can be found on the company’s web site. Even if this tool indicates your data was spared, you can sign up for free credit monitoring for a year and Equifax will also waive any costs entailed in freezing your credit report, if you act within the next two months.

Tax identity theft that could rob you of your IRS refund

The Internal Revenue Service has been fighting tax identity theft for years. These scams involve criminals getting victims’ names, addresses and Social Security numbers to file fraudulent tax refund claims. The agency cites data breaches as one of the main ways that con artists get the relevant information to pull off tax identity theft.

Victims often get the first inkling of a problem when they file their annual tax returns and the IRS notifies them that another return has already been filed and their refund has been claimed. While the agency has a task force dedicated to these cons, they are complex and difficult to solve, often taking more than four months to investigate, according to the agency.

If your information was compromised in the data breach, make a point of filing your annual tax return promptly. And take immediate action if you are informed that more than one return was filed in your name; that you owe additional tax; or that IRS records indicate that you earned more than the amount of wage you reported.

What action should you take? File a police report and a fraud report with the FTC Identity Theft Hotline (877-438-4338). Also, complete IRS form 14039, the Identity Theft Affidavit. You may be forced to file your tax returns on paper in the meantime. If you do not get a prompt response from the IRS, call the Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800-908-4490 for assistance.

Spear-phishing to crack your bank and brokerage accounts

The data made available through the Equifax breach is also likely to spur a wave of so-called “spear-phishing” scams that could put more than your credit at risk. Phishing scams are often unsophisticated email and phone cons aimed at getting you to reveal privy data, such as your Social Security number. Spear-phishing cons are far more sophisticated.

These use your real data — the type of data compromised in the Equifax breach — to mimic legitimate communication from your bank or broker. The email may urge you to click on a link or open a PDF file to check your account or verify a transaction. However, if you click on the link, you could be downloading malicious software on your computer that would allow the crook to hijack your system or record your keystrokes.

The best advice after the Equifax breach is to assume any such communication is suspect. If you get an email from your bank, broker or credit card issuer and believe it’s legitimate, visit the company’s website or call their toll-free number. Do not click on the link.

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CREDIT and Small Business

I know some of this seems redundant from previous blogs I have done, but, it seems I need to repeat some of the highpoints (or low points depending on how you look at it). Here is short summary of what you need to get together.  

Remember this: Almost 90% of all bank loans get turned down. 

  • Check your credit BEFORE you apply. Places like www.creditchecktotal.com  will give you all 3 bureaus. 
  • CORRECT or explain anything that is negative.  
  • Create a marketing and game plan (in writing to present) 
  • Create a BUDGET  
  • Complete a PFS (personal financial statement) 
  • 3 years business and tax returns 
  • 3 years personal tax returns 
  • Profit and loss statement 
  • Cash flow is one of the primary things lenders look for-generally most lenders give around 20% of annual sales 
  • List number of clients (lenders like lots of clients-low number of clients means high risk to a lender 
  • Get your SBSS score (small business scoring service). You can get this at Nav.com  
  • If you are looking for an SBA loan: the requirements are a  minimum score of 140, most lenders will NOT provide a loan if SBSS score is under 160. The range is 0-300 
  • SBA loans are difficult to get and can be expensive and take up to 3 months or more to fund.  So, if you are in a hurry look elsewhere that is why we offer short and long-term loans. 
  • Personal FICO score-0-840 most lenders want 650 
  • D-UN-N-S number (Dun and Bradstreet-100 as the highest a score of 80 is good-free  
  • Most secondary lenders (non-bank) have very short terms and require daily or weekly ACH payments form your bank 
  • DO NOT apply at several banks or lenders at once or keep applying-every time you do this it pulls down your credit score-you will not get a loan. 
  • Most lenders require a minimum of 3 – 6 months in business and do not do startups. 
  • Have a website, subscribe to places like Yoast (SEO), Rankcrew.com for backlinks, make sure it is HTTPS (secure) you can have the greatest website but who cares if nobody can find it. 
  • Have engaging content-you only have around 2 seconds or so for someone to keep looking or come back to your site (like this-a blog) 

The old bait & switch,” get approved in seconds and get funded in hours”- in lending instant gratification can cost you a lot of money. High interest, short terms, and not as much as they promised or even turned down after they actually pull your credit. 

We hope this helps you, our goal is always to help businesses and individuals who want to start a business. 

We have realistic lending programs from established to start ups-Lendingcapital is a national direct lending platform. 

Regards 

Frank 

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Be in Business-Stay in Business-Grow your Business-essentials you need to do

Over the years many ups and downs. stress, no money, no access to money, everything that could go wrong -did. I think I have seen, experienced, or heard it all.

But, alas, this is my 21st year in business (a lot of perseverance, bull headedness, and determination), my successes and failures have helped me develop systems that help business stay, develop, and grow their businesses. I have written 6 financial books here is my shameless plug: 16 major awards, “the sexy little book of finance III, it contains personal development, budget’s, investment, and retirement strategies, but also business strategies (2 books in one). My other book, Seminar marketing for sales professionals is still selling from 2003-why?  With all the phishing, email blasts, mailers, nobody pays attention, my book is back to basics for marketing and one on one strategies.

Besides all the major headaches and regulations that affect us in business like 550 filings for 401K plans, ERISA, Section 125 plans, IRS tax filings, and on and on it goes.

Here are things YOU MUST DO:

Whether you are a startup or established

  • Develop a budget, do it on an excel spreadsheet.
  • Develop a detailed business plan and strategy, review your plan at least annually to see if you have met, failed, or exceeded your goals.
  • Develop a marketing plan-how are you going to penetrate the market? Seminars, advertising, mailers, email lists, shows, cold calls, face to face door knocking? Check out your competition to see how they doing and what is effective.

        How do you separate yourself from everyone else? SERVICE

Service

Ethics

Reliability

Value

Integrity

Contact (using a CRM)

Extraordinary product selection

Services and products that fit your client’s needs (a niche market)

Go back to basics: I call it FABASS (my first job with 3M company taught this-what a novel idea)

Features

Analysis

Benefits

Advantages

Sold

Keep it simple

  • Join as many organizations as possible, branding is huge (logo, name recognition, etc. Most are free like Manta, Yelp, WordPress, Listen, LinkedIn, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, Alignable, Hootsuite
  • Website-must have along with SEO underwriting. Who cares if you have a web if they can’t find it. Reasonable SEO like YEXT and ALEXA
  • Use quicken or other software to pay and track bills and expenses
  • List out your debt, liabilities, and assets in detail – P&L
  • Develop a spread sheet of inventory or merchandise to track costs and profits
  • Make sure if you offer a 401K plan you are in compliance-if you do not use a outside fiduciary (3(38) plan, then you must do the due diligence on fund selections, timeliness of payroll deposits within 7 days or as IRS riles as soon as feasible possible), conducting quarterly meetings, disclose fund costs and fees to employees. Your free 401K plan may come back and put you out business on an IRS, ERISA or DOL audit.
  • 5500 filings for your healthcare plans, most do not do this, (ERISA)
  • Record all credit cards, loans, inventory, cell phones, vehicles, insurance.
  • IMPORTANT: Google changed the rules converting to Penguin, now they changed again-if you are HTTPS -ssl certificate Googler may not scan you for tracking or block you. Your website will come up unsecure…

You will need all this (at a minimum) if you are applying for a bank loan, or any type of financing, and success. Lenders look at how well prepared, organized, marketing strategies, P&L etc.  you are to help determine if they are going to lend you money.

I have changed my business model many, many times over the years, some through necessity, some through insights to new markets, the key a is never stop learning, and never think you are too successful to change or listen to new ideas.

Frank J. Eberhart, CEP® RFC® Author

President

http://www.Lendingcapital.net

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