Free consult & free copy of book

E-Myth – “Why most small businesses don’t work & what to do about it”

Contact Us


Most 5 star CPA Google reviews in Canada

Read Reviews

Chartered Professional Accountants E Myth

1 Fixed Monthly Fee - Planning | Accounting | Taxes | Consulting

Helping Canadian businesses beat the odds!

Business Coach | Assume That You Know about a Small Business

Business coach refers to the comments of Ben Franklin, when he says “if you fail to plan, you are planning fail.”

Businesses who complete a business plan are undeniably 50% more efficient and likely to grow their income with their business. Obviously, if you’re keeping score, when you grow your income, growing your business, then you have longevity.

One of the first plans you can consider with a charter professional accountant is the fact that you can write a template. This template will include a calendar years worth of projections, scheduling, meetings, forecasts, etc. As well, this template will be able to get you on the right road so that you will not necessarily have to worry about losing time and money.

As well, business coach says that if you have a template what you can do is you can pass it off to your charter professional accountant to make sure that they are keeping track of it as well. That will allow you more time and exit time to focus on other parts of your business, says business coach.

The charter professional accountant will be able to deal with all of your taxes, potential financial problems that arise from your employees, will be able to tell you if you have enough money to buy new equipment for your business, or hire new staff, etc.

Often times what happen is when a new client comes into visit a charter professional accountant, they have thought about a marketing plan and usually have a pretty good idea on what to do to bring people into the business. However what they don’t have is a proper business plan and financial plan in order to keep the business afloat. One thing that is very important in order for them to do with a marketing plan is to quantify their initiatives. What this means is consider how many flyers you’re going to put out, or how many networking events that you’re going to visit that we can that month, etc. If you can’t quantify some of these marketing initiatives then you will not be able to quantify a forecast.

One thing as well that is not often considered is the fact that the owner has a very specific schedule, or at least should. The owner schedule is a single biggest constraint in any business, whether it be a new business or a business worth millions of dollars. Whether you are a very busy business owner, or a struggling business owner, you all are on the same playing field and that you only have 168 hours in the week to make your money. If you need to delegate, delegate. It has to be and is going to have to get used to delegation. And you’re going have to be sensitive to certain employees.

Bear in mind the lots of new business owners will want to see their cash flow as they will be ultrasensitive in losing money.

Revenue growth, is obviously one of the key success factors to the business surviving, says business coach, however, how much do you survive in times of difficulty?

Oftentimes what will happen is people going into business don’t consider a annual plan. What they will do is they will consider having a weekly planner monthly plan but they will never go further than that. They feel as though it’s difficult to forecast that far in advance.

What you should do is you should make sure that you are adopting a annual calendar and fill it out as best as you possibly can. One of the biggest constraints on time is the owner and their schedule. You should be able to tell your employees when you are able to see them and talk about their concerns. You should be able to always be able to book appointments and clients at the same time on the same day or the same week. And you should be able to deal with marketers, and producers, etc. about their concerns as well always and same time.

Consider the fact that the banks often have their own templates, says business coach. The bank templates are very finance specific and finance driven. They’ll have the indicators that the banks are going want to see in order for you to potentially qualify for a loan or mortgage.

Contrary to that, if you visit a CPA, their business plan is often not only to help them to qualify for financing, although that is one use of them. It is also to make sure that they put a business plan and a financial plan in place and that they see the business succeeding and helping them grow. Charter professional accounts are there to help you make sure that you are not one of the 50% of small businesses that will disappear in five years.

Likewise, you should be retaining the services of a charter professional accountant, not a chartered accountant, as soon as you get the idea that you are going to open a small business. You can work with your charter professional accountant immediately so that you do not overdraw yourself in terms of money and in terms of buying something that is a in a little bit over your head.

Often times what happens is if you don’t retain a charter professional accountant immediately what will happen is business owners will visit the CPA only on the 11th hour when they feel as though they are at their wits end and don’t know why they are not making any money after having done it by themselves. They don’t have an answer for what to do and how to grow the business. Invariably this is always the case in that they do not have a plan.

Business coach says consider the most firms are centred around a certain amount of compliance, which can include year and financials tax returns, etc.