Small Business Asset Management

By: Cherie Ang

Business assets are the things that keeps the business going so all businessmen should realize that asset management is an important part of managing a dynamic and profitable business. There are two types of business assets that businessmen should look into, the first is the cash asset and the second is the physical asset.

Obviously, you need to manage your cash flow properly to sustain business operations, pay your workers, and buy raw materials. However, cash assets are probably the most difficult kind of asset to manage because it you need to balance the lead time wherein your buyers would pay if they buy on credit and the time it takes for you to buy the raw material once again for production.

On the other hand, managing the cash assets is also important because you need to pay the government a certain amount of cash from your profit. Sometimes, the taxes you have to pay are already due even when you have not received the payment for your products in cash yet. So how can you reconcile this problem with the necessity of paying taxes? Well, this is exactly the reason why you need to manage and anticipate issues such as this one even at the beginning of the year so you can avoid being in debt to the government. However, if this scenario already happened then the next best thing you can do is to ask your buyers to pay you in advance if possible.

Meanwhile, keeping track of your physical assets such as your inventory and equipment is likewise important for you to sustain effective and efficient business operations. You should note that it is sometimes required for you to conduct a physical inventory just to make sure that everything is in place. In addition, you should realize that all assets that have a value can be considered as a physical asset. For example, you might already know that the machinery you use for production is an essential asset for your company. But it is also important to remember that even the chair you are sitting on in the office is considered to be an asset therefore you need to include it in your list of asset and liability also.

Keeping track of your assets will likewise enable you to keep an accurate record of the real status of your business. In the long run, proper asset management will enable your business to grow and expand without any problems because you know your real capacity to meet the needs of the marketplace. Even minor assets that you normally ignore should be recorded. Asset management should definitely be taken seriously as this is part of managing a successful business that is ready for the future.

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