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How to Plan in Unprecedented Times

Businesses creating their 2020 forecast and budget may have thought they planned for everything that could happen however none of them planned for a pandemic that would shut down the entire world for months. Suddenly, everyone was pivoting their business plan to accommodate the stay-at-home orders, and still connect with their customers. For those that were completely shut down, they spun their wheels on how they would enforce new safety guidelines upon reopening to prevent having to close again. However, the main challenge for every business was how would they keep their cash flow going to stay open. A very different goal than they had in January. So how are they now looking at their finances to replan for 2020?

Forecasting and Continue to Forecast

As businesses develop new plans, new services, and new budgets a new forecast is also needed to ensure strong execution. Keep a rolling forecast with an accurate budget and adjusting as cash flow and financial projections shift. Being fluid with your forecast allows for quick reactions and changes to the market.

Adjust

Businesses cannot operate the way they did at the beginning of 2020 due to new safety standards. This creates openings in the market for new and innovative products or services to reach your current and prospective customers. For some this may mean making their service available for an at-home experience, for retail it means creating online shopping experiences, and for others it means adapting. With this in mind running scenario analyses can help you decide which changes to your business will be profitable.

Monitor Your Cash Flow

Cash is king currently. By monitoring your cash regularly you can ensure there is enough for upcoming bills, and purchases. You will also have the insight early to see if you need to speak to your landlord about splitting the rent into two payments that month, or if you need to pull back on any upcoming purchases to keep cash within the company.

Planning in 2020 will help you not only survive but thrive.

Find out how rinehimerbaker can be the right partner to help create strategic growth for your company.


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What Does True Cloud-Based Mean?

At this point everything is considered “cloud-based” but what does it mean to be a true cloud-based solution?

A true cloud-based solution or software is designed from the start for optimal performance in the cloud. The creator or owner of the solution manages every aspect within the cloud. There is absolutely nothing on-premise about the solution. This is why a true cloud-based software gives companies the ability to access their data anywhere at anytime.

Why would a company want to work with a strictly cloud product?

Working with a true cloud product eliminates the restraints that come with on-premise or partially on-premise solutions. The products are managed from the cloud which means that you can be anywhere updating, making changes, and handling any hiccups vs. having to go to a place where your servers are located.

At rinehimerbaker we choose to work exclusively with true cloud-based products with our recommended ERP solution being Sage Intacct. Join Sage Intacct on July 9th at 2:30 pm eastern to explore why they are the best cloud-based ERP.

“Sage Intacct has freed me up to look holistically at the business rather than just focusing on getting accounting tasks done.” – Kim Wegener, Director of Finance, Powell’s Books

See why Sage Intacct is the number one choice for fast-growing companies like yours. During this Product Demo, you’ll see how you can:

  • Automate processes and close the books up to 79% faster
  • Consolidate hundreds of entities in minutes not days
  • Reduce AP costs by 60%

Register here to reserve your spot today. If you can’t attend, go ahead and register to ensure you get your copy of the recording.

The Cost of Not Taking Action

What does it ultimately cost a company that decides to push off modernizing their finance solution? Does it actually cost a company anything? It turns out it does.

Overtime on manual processes

Old school on-premise software solutions can lead to long extended manual processes filled with human error for reports that need to be produced monthly. This ultimately leads to hours upon hours of overtime for the finance team which is a heavy expense for smaller to medium-sized businesses.

Lack of timely, accurate reports

Many companies that still use outdated technology have month-end processes that can take 15+ days. That’s 3 out of 4 weeks every month. By the time the data is pulled together its irrelevant for executives, lenders, and bankers. When a company chooses to stay with these processes they are choosing to prevent themselves from being relevant and staying ahead of the competition.

Derail Potential Investments and Purchases

Companies that don’t have real-time accurate reports that they can produce quickly can hinder a potential investment or purchase. Many investments will ultimately walk away during due diligence if they lose faith in your ability to drive your company based on data.

Ultimately companies can lose the growth the strive to create by deciding to not choose to update.


How to Become a Successful Company: 3 Tips for Managing the Startup Phase

For any new business getting through the startup phase can be intimidating. It’s estimated that almost 90% of new companies fail with most companies making similar mistakes and lacking the information and team they need to sail past the startup phase and enter into the growth stage. The faster a new company makes it to the growth stage the better their odds of survival become.  How does a company make it through the startup phase successfully? Through partnering with people/companies that have expertise in helping companies get off the ground, investing in long term goals not just short-term solutions, and evolving as the company develops.

Partnering with the right mentors:

One of the biggest mistakes a new startup makes is not looking externally for partners that can guide them through the startup process. Partnering with a strategic business partner can give you inside knowledge into what has been successful for other companies in your industry, how to take a deep look at your finances as you begin to make money, where to invest in the future, and how to build your brand. Many companies that don’t reach out for advisement often react to late or completely miss what is happening in their business ultimately leading to their demise.

Look for a partner that has helped similar companies or companies within the same industry. This way they will completely understand the challenges you face, and how to make your company competitive.

Investing in the long-term:

Being short-sighted is something startup companies face without evening knowing they are up against it. Owners, startup executive boards are often focused on reacting to day-to-day challenges and crisis therefore they are only spending money on what they have to get by. However, those companies that have a partner by their side to help pull their eyes up to what’s happening one year, five years down the road. How are you investing in technology, sales, marketing to ensure you make it not only to the growth stage but past it?

Evolution of your company:

Many startups make the mistake of trying to make their idea or product work for their customers they don’t allow for the business to evolve. Evolution is key to not going out of business. Consumers and markets are constantly changing therefore companies should always be looking at how they can react to changes and improve their business practices.

Find out how rinehimerbaker can be the right partner to help create strategic growth for your company.


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Best Practices for Managing Your Finance Team Remotely

In 2020 more and more companies are offering remote work options for their employees especially under changing circumstances. However, if you haven’t managed a remote team before it can be a daunting task. Below are our top four tips to help you regroup and get your team on track.

Technology

Before you can offer your team the ability to work remotely or from home on a part-time basis you have to have the right technology in place. Cloud-based solutions give your employees the ability to access all of the information they need to get their job done as well as keep the rest of the company up-to-date. Cloud-based solutions are more flexible and easier to administer compared to VPNs and access to on-premise solutions.

Clear Direction and Expectations

When you aren’t in the same place as your employees it can be challenging to ensure you’re all communicating exactly what needs to be completed. How can you keep the lines of communication open?

First outline exactly what you want to be completed and think about what questions you would have if you were given the same assignment or project. Ensure you make time to go through the goals and objectives and let your team ask questions prior to starting their tasks. Give reasonable timelines for projects and offer touchpoints throughout to ensure everyone remains on the same page.

At the end of a project or task have a check-in to see what worked, what was helpful, and what could have been better. Clear communication is key.

Schedule Pulse Checks

Since your employees are working from home or an outside office they are often left to their own devices to ensure they are completing their job. Scheduling regular check-ins to discuss everything going on with their projects, daily tasks, challenges, and take note of what’s going on in their personal life. The more you communicate with each remote team member the better you will understand their workload, where they excel, and what they need from you.

Offer Flexibility

Part of working remotely is having the ability to work at a pace that is best for you. From a manager’s perspective focusing on accomplished tasks vs. hours is key to being a success in these new roles. It also gives your team the ability to take care of their personal life the way they need to which in turns means when they work they will be 100% focused on the tasks your company needs to be completed.

While managing a remote team may be a new concept for some companies, it can be one that is extremely productive with the right steps taken.

 


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Managing Your Business When You are Time Poor

One of the main constraints owners face is the fact that there is only 24 hours in a day. The needs of a successful business can take up more than 24 hours in any given day rendering them time poor. Below are top tips for managing your business when you are running out of steam daily to help reorganize your company’s structure.  

 

Expand Your Team- 

 Having the right internal and external team can help balance the hours in a day. While your company is in the growth stage the balance between hiring your own key staff members and using outsourced companies is important to redistributing the work load. Startup and growing companies alike should focus their hiring efforts on employees who are involved with the product or service creation and delivery. This will allow the business to stay focused on what they do best and not get weighed down by day to day support tasks. Owners should look to outsource support services such as social media management and accounting.  Creating a balance between internal/external teams helps you redistribute tasks, maintain efficiency,  while minimizing your total costs.  

 

Have a Clear Vision for Each Day: 

 Before beginning each workday take the time to have clear priorities on what needs to be accomplished. Your business priorities should not only be set for you but for your internal team and external partners. The next step is to recognize any distractions that need to be handled before starting your daily tasks. This can include any fires that need to be put out or personal items that need completion so they don’t distract you the rest of the day.  Create weekly check-ins with all of your internal team members and bi-weekly check-ins with your external teams. This will help you stay on top of what is happening and able to change focuses as your business changes.  

 Another way to manage your day to day work is to set up calendar blocking allowing you to focus on each aspect of your business uninterrupted. This is the practice is separating out chunks of time each week to focus on specific tasks or portions of your business. You can set aside Monday mornings for marketing, Friday afternoon for employee checks, etc. This practice helps you focus on and complete tasks in a more efficient way.  

Redefining how you manage your 24 hours a day through internal and external resources can be the difference in creating dynamic growth.

 


How Hospitality Survives in 2020

These are completely unprecedented times and with stay-at-home orders across the nation, hospitality companies are facing new challenges to stay relevant. The overall hospitality industry has taken a huge hit in business and is facing sales that aren’t enough to cover their fixed costs. With that in mind, hospitality companies’ goals for the next six months focus on maximizing profit margins for delivery, take out, new programs that can be mailed out, and virtual programs. Many of these offerings can be completely new to the business making it a significant challenge. Given this, what are a few ways to meet this challenge and bring customers back to your business?

Offering Discounts:

Many of your customers are stuck at home therefore you aren’t losing them to a competitor but rather to no decision or rather lack of opportunity. With that in mind, offering a discount will encourage your customers to call in order even if they aren’t able to eat at your restaurant. With many people out of jobs, or on limited hours a discount could also put your business back into their budget.

New Offering for Stay-at-Home Customers:

Hospitality companies that relied on their customers to be able to come into their place of business such as gyms, or breweries are looking for ways to still engage and be relevant. The big question here is what can you offer to customers virtually? For example, a Pure Barre studio could offer classes virtually- allowing them to still collect their monthly memberships and help customers remain connected. Breweries can offer a drive-through option where customers can still pick up their weekly drink of choice. Local boutiques can offer delivery within a certain radius of their store with virtual shopping appointments.

New Services at Lower Prices:

The economic landscape has drastically changed in the past month leaving many households with a more limited budget for fun or extras. Hospitality has always been in the extra category, therefore, taking a look at what your previous cost as per customer and where ideally you think your customer could afford to be is a huge factor in surviving. Restaurants alone can offer new to-go options that are more cost-effective on their end for ingredients, and eliminate actually cooking them by offering ready to cook options. These options could be family-style and slightly lower than their typical menu. For hotels offering a post-pandemic package that includes a resort credit or is a slashed room rate can entice customers to return later this year even if they won’t have the same travel budget.

The overall key for hospitality companies to survive and thrive is to look at ways they can reinvent themselves to match the new landscape.

At rinehimerbaker, we provide leading cloud-based technology packages as well as best-in-class outsourced accounting to hospitality companies. If you are struggling to keep up with your business from home reach out to our team to see how we can help you change the dynamic and put you back on top.

 


Help for All During a Challenging Time

One thing that companies didn’t plan for six months ago was a pandemic that would swiftly restructure the entire world including how all businesses operate.  With changes in businesses that are allowed to operate, and some companies operating under completely different circumstances, many companies are experiencing a strong decline in revenue. Where do you reach out for help to keep your business operating?  How do you connect with other companies who are also facing the same disruption?

The best thing to come out of this pandemic is the desire for businesses to help one another through a challenging time.  Companies are being relieved of months of rent, customers are ensuring they promote their favorite businesses online, other companies are reworking their production line to produce items healthcare employees are in desperate need of, and B2B businesses are offering free or low-cost services to help one another. This is the time for all businesses to work together towards a common goal of overcoming the largest challenge of our generation and to help each other come out stronger.

How can you take advantage as a company needing help?

Companies such as rinehimerbaker are helping businesses apply for small business loans, disaster relief loans, and outsourcing any finance work that companies can’t handle currently. Cloud-based automation services are also offering multiple free months to help ensure you can still run payments and receivables remotely.

Bill.com is offering customers facing a significant decline in the revenue 3 free months to automate their AP remotely and help them get back on track. To find out if you are eligible please reach out to the rinehimerbaker team. We will help you with setting up a demo and getting onboarded quickly.

This deal ends 4/27/20

 

Find out how rinehimerbaker can help your company get results through the cloud by reaching out to accounting@rinehimerbaker.com.


Using a Slow in Business to Your Advantage

Businesses have stagnant periods throughout their longevity that sometimes are caused by actions that are out of their control such as large customers going out of business, changes in the supply chain, or pandemics.

Currently, the world is facing a business slow due to COVID-19 that companies haven’t experienced before. Employees are quarantined, customers are shutting down for extended periods, and states are calling for mandatory shut-downs. While many executives see this time as a negative to their bottom line there is a silver lining- It’s a time to complete improvement projects that will allow your organization to come out stronger. We have pulled together three ways executive teams can maximize a slow-down.

• Accessing current processes and how they can be improved
Many times executives are faced with needing to automated and improve processes but they lack the time to get these projects completed efficiently. With the inability to travel, and the reduction of travel time from everyone’s day there is more time to look into how to upgrade technology and eliminate manual work. Where should a company start? First look at the processes or business tasks that currently can’t be done remotely. Is there a solution that would allow team members to executive this at home? If so, set up a demo and evaluate the pros and cons of implementing it now. Secondly, take time to follow up on current best practices for HR, finance, sales, and marketing. Is there anything your team has tabled for the year that would be a benefit if you took the slow time now to evaluate? Any improvements that can help with a remote team will only increase your overall strategic power once COVID-19 is controlled.

• Elevating Your Customer Experience
This is a great time to check in with your customers and find out how they are doing during this economic crisis. It’s also a great time to send out a survey through your preferred platform on how they enjoy working with your company. It’s a great time to find out what your team does well, and where opportunities lie to improve.

• Education
Many companies are offering FREE webinars, web series, and information daily to provide thought leadership and helpful advice. Take advantage of these opportunities and use them for the above two bullet points. Rarely in the day to day operations do we have time to work on improving our business

Not just focusing on the bad during the time, but the ways you can improve your own business, and provide value to your customers. At rinehimerbaker, we can help you evaluate your current finance processes and technology package. Contact our team through the form below to get started today.


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Are Your Finances Ready for COVID?

The coronavirus has created anxiety around the globe leaving companies in a vulnerable position with their staff – how do we continue to operate, while keeping our employees’ and the public’s health a priority? Furthermore, how do we do prioritize human health while staying ahead of a potential economic crisis?

Companies that are not on the cloud are currently experiencing not only a loss in workforce availability, but limited capabilities to function due to the lack of access to their data, workflows, and more. These businesses are facing harder financial losses than those that can continue to operate with team members in quarantine.

The companies still thriving are able to do so because they have the ability to continue day-to-day operations remotely because their employees can be anywhere and still access critical company data. Cloud ERP solutions such as Sage Intacct allow companies to not only maintain the status quo through a world-crisis without limiting the work that can be done but also gives them an edge in attracting and retaining high performing employees without geographic restrictions.

The cloud provides a secure way to keep businesses going when worker mobility is limited, plus positions finance departments for success in the future by providing room for more flexible working arrangements.

 

Anywhere, Anytime Benefits of the Cloud:

 

  • Workers can be productive wherever there is an internet connection
  • Additional flexibility helps attract and retain top talent
  • Increased collaboration and version control with real-time data

 

While bracing for the worst of the coronavirus spread, we encourage you to take the time to evaluate how your company can continue to operate efficiently while keeping your staff safe. If you aren’t on the cloud, now is the time to change to ensure your business won’t skip a beat when uncertainty clouds the future.

Contact our team now to start your move to the cloud.