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A little bit of well-loved data can go a long way in advancing your business.

If you nurture your financial health, your business numbers - all those invoices and bank statements and receipts - they’ll talk to you. They’ll give you lots of useful and important advice - but first, you have to translate them.

Start with Consistent Data

First things first, stop using spreadsheets and get yourself a QuickBooks subscription (AND talk to me before you do - I can offer a discounted rate and offer you savings for a full year).

In the beginning, QuickBooks is just an empty processor - but once you start feeding it consistent data over a span of several months, patterns and averages will start to emerge.

Just make sure that you update it at least once a month - unless you take the time to feed it the data it needs, the software simply can’t produce the info you need to make decisions in your business. And the longer you go without updating it, the more likely you are to lose receipts, forget important items, and miscategorize unusual transactions.

And if you feel like you need help with that level of consistency, just reach out!

Convert Data into Reports

As an accounting and bookkeeping professional, I LOVE the financial reports that softwares like QuickBooks create, but I know that the reports are only truly useful if the data gets entered correctly. It’s way more than just entering your Staples receipts as “Office Supplies”.

Are personal expenses mixed in with business expenses? Is there non-operating revenue lumped in with the operating revenue? Those questions matter if you’re trying to get useful information from your reports - you’re trying to create a set of data ONLY about your business efforts.

Once you do that, you can turn all those receipts and bank statements into truly useful financial reports, like a Profit and Loss Report, that will be helpful for the future of your business.

Convert Reports into Action Plans

This is where the magic happens, where your carefully organized data starts to become the information you need for future plans and growth.

Are you trying to figure out which successful goods you sell that you should double-down on, or which less-than-lucrative services you should retire? Maybe you need to find a category to cut expenses to increase your profit margin? You’ve now got a well-oiled data machine that will tell you all of that.

Not only that, but now you have an important baseline for collaborating with other professionals who can help you with your business planning.

Having good habits for this stuff will keep your investors confident, your lenders at ease, and your tax preparers happy. And - bonus - consistently tracking your operating revenue is good for your company’s stock prices {think BIG GOALS}, too.

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