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If You Don’t Got the Time, You Don’t Got the Money

Clichés. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. (See what just happened there—it’s that bad).

The most widespread, just-waiting-to-pop-out-at-you, cliché is a very short one, measuring just three words—time is money.

Debt Collection: The Whys & When

Too often businesses leave collecting debts at the bottom of the pile. Why? Often there is anxiety and worry around the process, or lack of trust in collection agencies. Sometimes lack of time and understanding of the process.

Creating a business without debtors

There’s literally hundreds of blog posts giving you the 7-10 steps to reduce debtors and improve cashflow. Yet the debtors problem still exists to some extent in the majority of small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) globally.

Aussie businesses get over $3.5m to launch their innovative idea into global markets

Offers for grants worth over $3.5 million will support 7 businesses to help launch their innovative products, processes and services into domestic and international markets.

The funding has been provided from the Accelerating Commercialisation element of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme.

Accurate Inventory Forecasting, No Crystal Ball Needed

Anticipating future demand is a tough job, wrought with ways you might go wrong. Proper demand forecasting and inventory control can save a company from buying too much or too little of something, which of course avoids expensive overstock scenarios or stockouts.

Tax deductions for small business owners

Tax time is fast approaching—it’s important to do your homework and know exactly what tax deductions you can claim.

How to Refinance Your Business Debt

Many firms will decide to take on debt at some point, at different stages of growth and for several reasons.

Tricks used in Scams

Scammers use clever tricks to reel you in and get you to reply to their email or not hang up the phone. Most scams seem like genuine offers but they are carefully designed to trick you into giving away your money or your personal details.

How to Avoid Cash Flow Problems

Cash flow can be hard to get to grips with for any business; whether you’re growing, just starting out, or established. In fact, 82% of businesses become insolvent because of bad cash flow.

Best and Worst Businesses for Cash Flow

No matter how inventive or simple your business model is, you can still have problems with cash flow. Here is a rundown of the best and worst businesses for cash flow.

5 Essential Business Costs Not to Skimp On

If you are a startup owner or entrepreneur, it is no secret that you may be working within a tight budget. The ability to make pennies stretch is an important survival skill.

How To Prepare Your Business For The Next Recession

There has been a lot of chatter in the media recently that another economic downturn might be around the corner. As The Wow Company found in their recent “How recession-proof is your business” survey, a surprisingly high number of UK-based businesses are not prepared for the next recession.

Financial Mistakes To Avoid In Your First Business

After spending months thinking about it, you finally decided to quit your 9-5 job and start your very first business. You think that this will be a win-win situation for you because you get to do what you love and be your own boss.

Is Peer to Peer Lending the Best Funding Option for Your Business?

Over the last five years, peer to peer lending has become a popular alternative to traditional bank lending for individuals.

6 Factors You Need to Know When Considering a New Supplier

The best suppliers will provide the most suitable goods or services at the right prices and within the right time frames for your business needs. Below we give you six factors you need to know when considering a new supplier.

Virtual Currencies: Bitcoin and other Virtual Currencies

Many virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin have emerged over the last 10 years but just how safe are they? We explain how virtual currencies work and the risks you take buying, trading or investing in them.

5 Retail Store Design Upgrades That Won’t Break the Bank

Take a moment to put yourself in your target customer’s shoes. Now, pretend you’re someone who’s walking into your store for the first time.

Happy Customers, Thriving Company: The Role of Inventory Management

If there were no customers, there would be no business. And with no business, there is no income. So, it would be safe to summarise that customers should be the point of business, would it not?

Late payment reduces small business confidence to grow

Three quarters of small and medium sized UK builders say that late payment has directly hampered their business growth according to a recent Federation of Master Builders survey.

Tackling your cashflow challenges this Christmas

Most of us look forward to Christmas as a time for fun, festivities and spending time with the family. If you’re a small business owner though, it’s not always the carefree holiday you might hope for.

Lean manufacturing and the coffee roast

The coffee category of the hot beverage industry is thriving, with the number of coffee drinkers growing each year. Cafes and coffee vans are everywhere, meeting our seemingly unstoppable need for a regular caffeine fix.

5 Types of Sales Promotions in Retail (and How to Implement Them)

Promotions are almost always part of a retailer’s sales and marketing mix, and for good reason — they can drive sales and help you move inventory.

How Small Businesses Can Use Peer-to-Peer Lending

A new trend is rising, changing the way people can are securing financial needs. This new trend gives both individuals and businesses an alternative source of financing.

Why Creating Income Streams Will Make You More Profitable

Every day, business owners work hard to increase their profit. But far too often, they lack a clear strategy and practical plan to make that happen. Your Profit & Loss Budget should be a direct reflection of your Strategy and Plan.

Dealing with Seasonal Inventory

Inventory forecasting is critical for the smooth operation of any stock-based business. Managing demand can be tricky, however, if a large part of your inventory is subject to seasonal demand.

Why profit isn’t the problem and cashflow is king

What is cashflow management? In its simplest form, cashflow management is doing everything possible to ensure that money flows into your business as quickly as possible, and leaves the business as slowly as possible.

Should Your Business Give Trade Discounts?

Many businesses use trade discounts to simplify variable pricing, protect a market recognised price point, stimulate sales or reward customer loyalty.

5 Subtle Signs That Your Retail Store Is in Trouble (and What to Do About Them)

Have you ever heard about the parable of the boiling frog?

3 Forecasts Your Business Needs To Succeed

Forecasting is the process of estimating the effects trends, costs and external factors will have on your business in order to give yourself time to prepare.

9 Expert Tips To Instantly Improve Your Business’ Cash Flow

There are many reasons why you may want to improve cash flow in your business. Maybe you’re looking to free up some cash to put towards growth, or maybe you’d like to build up your cash cushion to protect yourself from any bumps in the road.

Common Inventory Management Mistakes: A Closer Look

Inventory management can be overwhelming. There can be an incredibly large amount of tangible inventory, which can translate to a huge amount of responsibility and pressure to manage this inventory properly.

Should Your Business Consider Discount Pricing?

Choosing a pricing strategy is a difficult decision, but one that every business needs to make. Pricing strategy affects most aspects of a business, including its revenue, market share and profitability.

Penny pinching? Here are some ways to reduce costs

With global recessions, increasing oil prices and increasing competition, saving money wherever possible and thereby maximising profits is the name of the game.

6 warning signs that your business is outgrowing your ecommerce platform

There are many factors to consider when you’re selecting an ecommerce platform, and when you first start selling online, it can be hard to find one that’s the right match.

How to ensure your jobs are profitable

If you’re in business, making decent money is important. Sometimes, though, it doesn’t always work out the way you’d planned...

6 Tools Businesses Need to Get Their Finances in Shape

You need to keep track of transactions for the tax office, lenders, but most importantly for yourself, as a business owner.

6 Retail Books You Need to Read

Helpful and informative retail books abound everywhere you look these days.

4 employee wellness ideas that your employees will love but don’t cost a fortune

The thing is, employee wellbeing and happiness isn’t just about nap rooms, onsite massages, and cafeterias serving healthy food and snacks (though that would be nice!)

Accurate Inventory Costing: Why It’s Critical for Success

Even if a business has some other, high value, assets such as factory plant, inventory is likely to essential to the business’ ability to trade profitably.

Why Accurate Costing is Vital for Success

Inaccurate information about your company’s expenditure can greatly inhibit your capacity to make and maintain a successful business.

Three Lessons Retailers Can Learn from Craft Brands

Retailers have historically dominated the commerce landscape. Several years ago, industry trends and top products were set by the stores selling them.

THE SIMPLE WAY FOR CUSTOMERS TO BUY NOW AND PAY LATER

When a visitor spends time browsing your online store or bricks-and-mortar outlet, they’re looking for something. And when they find it, they’ll be tempted to buy it.

REDEFINING YOUR POINT OF SALE WITH A MODERN POS PLATFORM

It doesn’t matter how large or small your store is, or how many of them you’ve got—if you’ve got a point of sale (POS), you’ll see big benefits in switching from a simple cash register to a full-featured, cloud-based POS platform.

How to Upsell and Cross-Sell in Retail: 6 Pointers to Implement in your Store

Picture this: You’ve just about closed a sale, and the shopper made up their mind to buy a product. What do you do?

Common mistakes made when calculating payroll costs

Knowing what your payroll costs are – daily, weekly, monthly and yearly – is an important part of running a successful business.

Watching China in 2017

China-watching is mandatory for many people in business.

The world’s most-populous nation looms large on the global stage in politics, commerce and sport. Its 300 million aspiring middle class citizens – still a small part of the total population - are increasingly sophisticated in their consumer activities, travelling a lot more and further, and pursuing business interests on all continents and the South Pacific region.

The Elephant in the Warehouse – Inventory Carrying Costs

It’s time to address a subject that a lot of companies fail to notice or incorporate into their business planning – the costs of carrying inventory. Inventory costs money to purchase, this much is a given; however the cost of the inventory goes far beyond that. Typically, (if accurate values are not calculated on a case-by-case basis) the total carrying costs of a product are 25% of its value and composed of capital costs (15%), storage costs (2%), servicing and handling costs (2%) and the cost of risk (6%). Let us look at these different components of inventory carrying costs more closely.

How excessive percentage-based fees can warp risk and return

Investing is all about risk and return: get the balance right and be handsomely rewarded.

The structure of percentage-based fees often tips those scales in favour of investment platforms and fund managers. Once their asset base grows large enough to cover operating costs, natural market growth and guaranteed inflows create enormous profits, no matter what the outcome for investors.

Craft Beer and the Race for Hops

The craft beer revolution has sparked a unique production for breweries both small and large. Beer drinkers everywhere are seeing an emergence of eccentric flavors and quirky names fill the taps at their local pub. Not only are beer drinkers seeing this emergence, they are demanding it and as a result craft beer has become increasingly popular over the past few years. This popularity has sculpted the way breweries are operating. Craft beer may be infused with peculiar hues, notes and suggestions of ingredients we never would have thought to be vaguely compatible with beer, yet a few staples remain intact in the beer brewing process.

3 Ways Forecasting Will Help You Navigate Business Loan Rates

When considering a business loan, most people will evaluate affordability based on the advertised interest rates. But the truth is that if you compare only the interest rates, you could waste money, or end up with a deal that isn’t the best fit.

Want an extra $18k or $200k in the bank? Your accountant can help.

This is the second article in a series of posts about RADAR, a new debtor analysis and cash flow advisory tool for accountants from Debtor Daddy. This article focuses on two pieces of information available in RADAR, Debtor Days and Cash per Day.

Getting out of the cashflow trap for good: The first step is to admit your clients have a problem (with debtors)

This is the first article in a series of posts about Debtor Radar, a new debtor analysis and cash flow advisory tool for accountants from Debtor Daddy. If you’re an accountant you’ll be able to learn more here.

Our goal with Debtor Radar is simple: Help more small businesses solve the cash flow troubles caused by debtors.

Get big wins by customising your financial literacy program

If you’ve just appointed your first fresh-faced Gen Zeds to your staff (anyone who’s just out of school and are aged 15-19), you could have up to five different generations to manage at work. In fact, these days, it’s not at all uncommon to have a wide range of generational diversity.

How to write a Kick-Ass overdue invoice letter

We’ve all been there before. You’ve called about those overdue invoices once, maybe twice, maybe three times, and payment still hasn’t been made.

What to do next? Throw up your hands in despair? Give up on it as a lost cause? No way, Jack. Not in this economy.

Four great ways to absolutely, definitely get your overdue invoices paid

It’s often how you say something that determines whether you get the result you want. This applies in financial services, marketing and even tax collecting.

In one experiment by the Nudge Unit they improved the payment of vehicle taxes by using simple plain language, “pay your tax or lose your car”. In fact HM Revenue & Customs attributes the recovery of an extra £210 million a year from taxpayers by using behavioural insights in its letters i.e. changing the words to influence behaviour.

Why creating a profit and loss budget is critical for success

One of the most overlooked and under-practiced habits in today’s businesses is creating annual profit and loss budgets. But why is this so critical for your business?

With a profit and loss budget, you’ve considered and developed an understanding of the key areas in your business that really make your profit and loss come to life.

9 ways to squeeze more profit out of every business day

It’s the Holy Grail of business: increasing the number of profitable hours in a day. Short of asking staff to do more overtime or take shorter breaks, how do owners and managers coax more revenue-raising activities out of every employee and every subcontractor on every shift? And how do they become more effective at making decisions that will boost business efficiency every week?

Avoiding the cashflow surprises that could kill your business

We all know that cash flow is king. But just how much sway does it have? Well, you might want to ask the nine out of 10 small businesses that have failed because of cash flow problems. That’s, right, according to D&B, 90% of small businesses close their doors because of poor cash flow management.

2 minute tutorial: The difference between cash and profit

If there’s one phrase found on the lips of finance-conscious small business owners more often than any other, it’s surely this old chestnut: “Cash flow is king”.

But how often does the average small business owner actually walk the talk of ‘cash is king’? Could it be that the simple distinction between ‘cash’ and ‘profit’ is actually unclear for many SMBs? And just what is the difference?

Track small business cashflow without spreadsheets

If you track income and expenses on a spreadsheet, you could be losing sight of how your business is performing and wasting a lot of time on data entry. There are low-cost alternatives that allow you to monitor business cashflow really simply.

Manage a cash gap in your business

One of the tougher challenges for many trade businesses today in terms of finance is what’s commonly referred to as a cash gap.

A cash gap is a lag which occurs between income and cost of goods sold (COGS); that is, cash inflows and outflows. Businesses that suffer from a cash gap may be profitable on paper, but have cash flow problems because they have to pay their suppliers (COGS) much earlier than they receive money from their clients (income).

Hit a Profit Plateau? 8 Breakout Ideas for Small Businesses

Starting your own business can feel like scaling Mt Kilimanjaro. You dig your feet in, climb, and pray for the best. It’s an exciting, chaotic, and hope-filled journey… But what happens when you reach the top of the mountain? Is there anywhere to go but downhill?

Unfortunately many small businesses grind to a halt - or even start to decline - after climbing their first mountain. This is known as the small business profit plateau. Your company is finally up and running smoothly, but its exponential growth suddenly stops. Your profits start to flatline. It feels like your team is working twice as hard just to maintain the same ROI.

How to Approach Your Bank for Funding

Applying for funding from a bank can be daunting. It’s a lengthy process which involves jumping through hoop after hoop with no guarantee of success.

But it doesn’t have to be that way, follow our guide to ensure you go into the loan process with the correct information and watch your chances of approval soar.

5 things you should consider when choosing a bank for your business

Choosing a bank is one of the most important decisions when starting a small business.

It’s as important as choosing where you’ll set up a brick-and-mortar store, developing a business strategy or deciding who you’ll partner with.

Choosing a bank should be the start of a long and fruitful business relationship.

Get paid faster with these 6 invoice tips

No one likes late payments from their customers. Late payments have a negative effect on cash flow. Chasing customers for payment takes valuable time. Prevention is better than cure when it comes to getting your invoices paid on time. Here are some tips to make your invoices highly likely to get paid quickly.

It’s not me, it’s you: How (and when) to fire a bad customer

Some customers are simply not worth having – they cost you more than the revenue they bring in. They consume a disproportionate share of time and money, and create stress by paying late. They disrespect your people, complain often, and expect the earth, yesterday, and all at a rock-bottom price.

Avoiding the awkward: How to talk to your customers about debt payment

From freelancers to fencers, techies to electricians, if you issue invoices as part of your day-to-day business, you will have experienced the frustration of not having those invoices paid on time.

And the part that really blows? The cringing follow-up phone call where you try to coax payment out of the client while not damaging your relationship.

Alternative Finance Options for Business

Since the recession in 2008, there have been many complaints that the banks aren’t lending to SMEs. As a result businesses are increasingly seeking out alternative finance routes to access funding.

5 ways to speed up your invoicing

Do you spend a lot of time entering invoices? At Xero, they're committed to helping you shave hours off your invoicing workflow. Here’s a grab-bag of ways you can use Xero to speed up your invoicing. Some ways might not suit you, it’s a case of picking the ones that make sense for your business.

Why do I need a business plan?

Do you want to expand your business, be more competitive in your industry and achieve certain goals?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you need a business plan!

Whether you’ve just started out or you’ve been running your business for years, business planning can be the key to your success.

We’ve laid out three key reasons why you need to get started on your business plan today.

The 3 worst days you’ll face as a business owner and how to deal with them

As a small business owner, you’re going to have good days and bad days. Some days will be worse than others.

Part of coping with the darker days that come with managing your own operation is being primed and ready to handle them when they arrive.

This involves building a network of advisors around you, hiring the right team and implementing the right technology so you have all the resources to push through and come out the other side with a healthy and stable business.

Late Payment of Invoices is Crushing Small Businesses. Who Are the Culprits?

You may be surprised to learn that the worst culprits for consistent late payment are not actually the massive corporate juggernauts or the mini mom-and-pop businesses out there… the latest payers are actually high street retailers.

How to Prevent and Handle Shoplifting in Your Retail Store

It goes without saying that shoplifting is a major problem in retail. A 2014 study by the National Retail Federation found that shoplifting accounts for 38% of shrinkage, and was costing retailers $32 billion a year. That’s a huge chunk of revenue. To help you keep the income you deserve, we’ve put together some tips for preventing and dealing with shoplifting.

How to change your pricing without destroying your client relationship

It’s that time of the year again – the time when you’re looking over your books and seeing what worked and didn’t work. You’re thinking about goals for the year ahead and wondering how you can improve profit in your company. And one simple solution is staring you in the face: you can raise prices.

How Receipt Bank Will Make Your Business More Productive

Hands up if you recognise the process of; receiving an invoice, getting it to your bookkeeper, making sure it’s entered into your accounts, filing the invoice and then storing it for several years…

Avoid these 4 estimating errors to improve your profitability

The profitability of any job undertaken by a field services business can vary significantly from expectations at the time the estimate for that job was created. Removing this variability and delivering consistent profits should be the goal of every business owner.

Keeping a positive customer relationship – as easy as saying “Thank you”?

As a small business owner, it’s quite likely you play both the role of salesperson and debt chaser. On one hand you want to keep the relationship positive so you can continue selling to that customer, but on the other hand you need your bills paid for your business to survive. Maintaining customer loyalty and satisfaction while keeping a credit control policy that’s abided by can (at times) put you in an awkward position.

Improve cash flow: tips for small businesses

Cash is often referred to as the lifeblood of an organisation, a key factor that determines business success or failure. In many cases, cash is vital for daily survival; a small business that doesn’t have enough cash on hand to pay suppliers might not be able to open the next day.

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5 reasons working with an accountant on your taxes makes you a genius

Whether they realize it or not, small business owners spend a great deal of their time trying to avoid becoming a statistic. Accountants are vital to that mission.

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Five steps to starting a business in the New Year

If January 2016 mirrors the years that have gone before, it will be the busiest month in the calendar for people starting a business. Returning from Christmas to an unfulfilling job and a burning idea to turn a hobby or passion into a way of making a living, people in their droves will take steps to become their own boss. Will you be one of them?

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7 ways to avoid cash flow surprises that could kill your business

We all know that cash flow is king. But just how much sway does it have? Well, you might want to ask the nine out of 10 small businesses that have failed because of cash flow problems. That’s, right, according to D&B, 90% of small businesses close their doors because of poor cash flow management.

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4 ways to stamp out fraud in your small business

One of the biggest troubles small business owners face is access to capital. So activities like theft or fraud can cripple a small business in a heartbeat.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to stack the odds of getting paid on time in your favour

Running a business is a high stakes game, afterall it’s your livelihood… it’s you that has to pay the mortgage / rent and put food on the table. Getting invoices paid on time (or at all) is an ongoing challenge for many small businesses, especially in services where you’re often doing the work prior to getting paid.
Fortunately there’s a bunch of measures you can put in place to defend yourself from sharks, flakey customers and downright back luck. So we’ve put together a handy infographic that you can print out and keep nearby to remind you to stack the odds in your favour when it comes to getting paid. Enjoy!

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Getting your invoice right

Having well structured and timed invoices is essential to getting your invoices paid (and paid on time).

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According to 3 successful business owners this is the one thing you need to succeed

According to the Small Business Association, about half of all new small businesses survive five years. And only about 33 percent survive ten years or more. Having a solid plan in place to manage cash flow is essential to ensuring that your business can survive.

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U.S. Retailers: Here’s Why You Need to Switch to EMV ASAP

Over the past two years or so, retailers and payment processors in the United States have been buzzing about the country’s shift to EMV, a more secure payment standard for credit and debit cards. This new standard will replace the traditional magnetic stripe cards (AKA “swipe-and-sign”) with chip cards, a breed of debit and credit cards that’s considered more effective in preventing fraud.

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Debt doesn’t have to be a dirty word: leveraging debt in your business

In personal finance, debt is almost always the enemy. Sure, you might take on a loan for school or a house or vehicle. But even then the best policy is to pay it off as quickly as possible. This is such a truism that debt payment coaching is a thriving industry.

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Float - The simple cashflow forecasting tool for businesses

Float is an online cash management and forecasting tool that helps you manage your business and keep on top of your cash flow. By projecting your future cash in the bank it’s easier to make the right decisions for your business.

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How to get paid faster

Invoicing clients should be fun - it’s the final step between your hard work and hard cash! But often it’s a stressful process filled with friction and sometimes fiction!

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How to reduce your risk of bad debtors, starting today

Talk to any credit control expert and they’ll tell you the sooner you follow up an overdue invoice the better. You’ll not only get paid sooner, but you’ll also send a clear signal to your customer that you take your payment terms seriously.

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How to Discount in Retail: 5 Tips for Running Sales Without Killing Your Profits

Discounting is one of the most popular (and arguably among the most effective) ways to drive sales.

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How to boost profits using behavioural science

Setting a price for your product or service can be difficult to get right. We think we’re rational when we assess the value of something. But there’s actually a lot of factors, including the prices of competitors and our own emotions. Understanding behavioural science is key to setting the right prices and improving your profitability.

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Are You Selling All The Hours You're Paying For?

If you employ people to provide services to customers, it’s vital to manage the hours invoiced to customers compared to those you pay to staff. Reason being, the differential is potential lost income to your business and precious profit.

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Is Revenue A True Predictor Of Success?

“Success.”
Typically defined as: ‘the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.’ (1)
Success means a lot of different things to different people. Success may mean wealth, or it may mean happiness. It may mean fame, and for others it may mean power. But can revenue be a true predictor of success?

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3 Ways to Help Your Small Business Get Cash Flow Positive Fast

No matter how innovative, sought after or profitable your small business may be, without cash in the bank, you’re going to face some serious struggles.

Pricing it Right

When deciding how to price your products, you need to understand how – and where – your business fits into the economy.

How to Price Across Multiple Channels: What Retailers Need to Know About Modern Pricing Policies

Back in the day, retail pricing was relatively straightforward. Customers would walk into a store, browse products, look at their price tags, and if they like what they see, they would move on to checkout.

3 Tips to Streamline Monthly Invoice Management

Invoices are a necessary evil. It’s what your agency needs to get paid! As your agency’s financial manager, ownership of this monthly responsibility falls to you.

3 Monetary Basics You Should Continuously Be Reviewing

Do you know who an incredible advocate for hard work was? Mary Poppins.