Financial Success For Small Business Owners

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Small business owners face many challenges, from the day-to-day running of their business; to generating sufficient income; to building up the value of their business to provide a significant future nest egg for themselves and their families.

Running a small business can be lonely and stressful. By understanding who can help and how; small business owners can find the guidance and advice they need to start or further their journey along the path to success.

This white paper explains the role a personal CFO can play in creating a successful financial life for small business owners. In the corporate world a CFO, or Chief Financial Officer, is a corporate officer primarily responsible for managing the financial risks of the corporation, they are also responsible for financial planning and reporting to higher management.

A personal CFO is a similar role for small business and can be an invaluable asset when it comes to ensuring the financial success of a small business.

The Challenges Faced By Small Business Owners

Access To Credit

Access to credit is vital for small business, as it funds all facets of their lifecycle from start- up, through to growth phases and times where there are cash flow shortages. In recent years, banks have tightened lending requirements, becoming risk-averse. This means credit for small business is often more expensive, as it is often perceived to present a higher degree of financial risk.

The Senate Economics Committee Inquiry into Access of Small Business to Finance (Published June 2010) reported decreased competition, increased bank profit margins and price leadership in the banking sector. According to the report, “Lending to small business has slowed since the global financial crisis and interest margins have widened.”
The Senate Committee indicated that the fall in lending to small business could be attributed to a number of factors:

  • Reduced confidence caused a more conservative attitude towards debt;
  • Fewer small businesses are able to meet existing lending standards;
  • The tightening of lending standards by financial intermediaries;
  • Non-bank lenders have fewer funds available as securitisation and inter-bank lending markets dried up and/or interest rates became prohibitive.

Steve Bates, Principal of Bates & Pickering Accounting, says banks want the following from their small business clients:

  • Better accounting systems
  • Tighter controls
  • Better reporting systems
  • Sometimes monthly financials and
  • Business plans

Basically the banks want to see better management from small business owners.
In addition, the ATO has gone from being quite helpful regarding businesses with cash flow difficulties during the GFC, to now becoming much more forceful.

Business owners who are getting the right advice and guidance will be better equipped and more organised when it comes to approaching banks for credit to grow their businesses.

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