not featured

First Bank of the Lake logo watermark

Year-End Financial Tips for Small Businesses: Setting the Stage for Success


With the holiday season around the corner, small business owners are not only gearing up for celebrations but also getting ready to conclude their fiscal year. Year-end financial planning is important for businesses of all sizes, to ensure a seamless transition into the new year and lay the groundwork for success in the following months. Here are a few tips to set your small business up for success in the new year.

With the holiday season around the corner, small business owners are not only gearing up for celebrations but also getting ready to conclude their fiscal year. Year-end financial planning is important for businesses of all sizes, to ensure a seamless transition into the new year and lay the groundwork for success in the following months. Here are a few tips to set your small business up for success in the new year.

  1. Assess Your Financial Statements: Begin by evaluating your financial statements, including your income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement. This review will provide insights into your business's overall financial well-being, allowing you to pinpoint areas that may require attention next year.

  2. Revise Your Budget: Review your current business and personal budget, how does compare it to your actual financial performance throughout the year? Modifying your budget for the upcoming year based on this review to help establish realistic revenue and expense targets.

  3. Manage Inventory: Review your inventory levels and identify any sluggish or obsolete items. Consider implementing strategic measures such as discounts or promotions to expedite the clearance of surplus inventory, providing space for the introduction of new products or bolstering the stock of high-performing items.

  4. Assess Capital Investments: Evaluate planned capital investments for the upcoming year. Determine whether making these investments before year-end or postponing them to the new fiscal year would optimize your financial and tax position.

  5. Scrutinize Contracts and Agreements: Review existing vendor contracts, lease agreements, or supplier contracts. This may be the opportune time to consider renegotiating terms, exploring alternative vendors, or identifying cost-saving opportunities that can effectively minimize overall expenses.

  6. Strategize for the Future: Look beyond the financial figures and dedicate time to reviewing the highs and lows of the current year's successes and challenges. This will help to formulate a clear and comprehensive business plan for the impending calendar year. This plan should encompass well-defined financial objectives, intricate marketing and growth strategies, and a robust framework for tracking progress.

Effective year-end financial planning extends beyond a cursory glance at financial statements for small businesses. By scrutinizing financial statements and establishing realistic budgets and goals, businesses can ensure they are well-equipped to navigate challenges and seize opportunities in the new year. Seeking professional advice when necessary is encouraged, as financial success often results from collaborative efforts that yield long-term success.

First Bank of the Lake (“Bank”) does not provide financial, investment, tax, legal, or accounting advice. The content provided is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon or considered as an express or implied recommendation, warranty, guarantee, offer, or promise. You should consult your own financial, investment, tax, legal, and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction. Information provided is not exhaustive and is subject to change without notice. Accuracy is not guaranteed. Outlooks and past performance are not guarantees of future results. Articles may contain information from third-parties, and the inclusion of such information does not imply an affiliation with the Bank or Bank sponsorship, endorsement, or verification regarding the third-party or its information. Any external websites linked to this information are not managed by Bank. All third-party trademarks, service marks, trade names, and logos referenced in this material are the property of their respective owners. All loans are subject to credit approval. Qualifications, terms, and conditions apply to all Bank products and services.