Five steps to save time and money in the new Financial Year

News Article: February 22, 2018 by dwaoaktree Save Money

The end of the financial year is a great time to review your business performance over the last year and make changes to set yourself up for the new financial year.

Below we have listed 5 key things that you can do now to improve your performance next financial year.

1. Review expenses on monthly subscription and pay annually before the end of the financial year

Pay as many of your expenses before the end of the financial year to minimise your tax bill. Also by paying annually rather than monthly you will save yourself money and it’s surprising how quickly it all adds up. Most companies offer a 10% discount for upfront payment. First check that you use the service and will be staying with them. Now is also a great time to review your service providers. Can you get a better deal by using another company?

This is also the perfect time to review what services you are paying for. Do you still use them? Are there any you can cancel? It’s easy to forget about the odd $20 or $50 per month subscriptions but they all add up and if you are no longer using the service this can be a great way to cut costs.

2. Consider cloud accounting for the new financial year

There are lots of cloud accounting options to choose from, all come with different add one and facilities so there is bound to be one that is right for you and your business. Cloud accounting software is a great way to save time and money on your accounts as well as make managing your finances easier than ever before.
With packages from just $40 per month it’s not a big investment and time and cost savings on your account preparation will easily outweigh the cost of the service.
Cloud accounting software also provides you with a range of reporting and monitoring tools that will make monitoring and managing your business far easier and help you improve your business performance.

Some key benefits
• No spreadsheets and end-of-year panic
• Better communication and up-to-the-minute advice from our accountant
• Real-time reporting and knowing exactly where you are financially
• Being able to access your accounts, invoice for work and reconcile your accounts anytime, anywhere using any device that can connect to the internet.

3. Outsource those small, nagging projects

Start off the new financial year on the right foot. Get all those little projects completed before the end of the financial year or hire in someone to do them for you early in the new financial year. This will save you time and effort trying to fit these in around managing your business, leaving you free to focus on growing and improving your business.

4. Purchase any small assets or consumables

Are there any purchases you need to make for the new financial year? Now is a great time to make them as they can be claimed on this year’s tax. Think through all of your business processes, could you do them more efficiently and effectively by investing in new technology or tools? If so, now is the time to get them and set yourself up for the new financial year.

5. Review our financials and plan for next year

Now is the time to lay down your plans for the new financial year. What do you want to achieve, where do you want your business to be this time next year. Meeting with your accountant to assist you make a proper plan can be a great way to get assistance on what you can do to maximise your chances of success. This is also the perfect time to review your achievements from last year. What went well, what could have gone better? Learn from your experience and let it inform your plans for the new-year.

This is also a great time for a financial health-check, plan your cashflow for the new-year and identify any potential shortfalls and plan for them now.

Set yourself up for the best financial year yet! If you want to discuss your business, your plans and how we can assist you to get there call us today for a free, no obligation meeting.