Financial functions like invoicing customers and paying suppliers are vital to new businesses. Take these steps to get your small business financial systems in place:
1. Select financial software
Financial software for small businesses:
· Helps you track, organize and manage finances
· Minimizes mistakes and eliminates tedious manual calculations
· Provides reports to watch cash flow and profitability
· Connects to online banking for banking information downloads
· Organizes data for tax preparation
2. Decide between purchased software and Software as a Service
With purchased software:
· You pay upfront, but use the software for its lifecycle
· You install it on a limited number of devices
· You are responsible for maintaining the software with free or paid updates
Using Software as a Service:
· Allows you to spread payments via a monthly subscription
· Keeps you on the latest software version with automatic updates
· Can be used on a variety of devices
3. Take advantage of cloud storage
Decide where your data and its backups reside:
· Save on hardware and maintenance costs by eliminating in-house servers
· Back up data for secure, offsite storage
· Get instant access to important data, wherever you have Internet access
Visit suntrust.com/bizbestpractices to see how our Small Business Best Practices Guides can help you and
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