Finding a 401(k) that’s right for your business

Ready to offer a 401(k) plan? Know your options: Traditional 401(k)s let employees contribute pretax dollars and give employers the option of matching contributions. But rigorous testing rules apply. Roth 401(k)s allow employees to contribute after-tax dollars and take tax-free withdrawals (subject to limitations). Safe harbor 401(k)s avoid strict testing but require certain employer contributions.…

Run the numbers before you extend customer credit

Funny thing about customers: They can keep you in business, but can also put you out of it. The latter circumstance may occur if you overly on a few customers that abuse their credit. To prevent this, keep your credit application form comprehensive and updated. When working with private companies, request financial statements and look…

Ask the right questions about your IT strategy

For many businesses, technology is an evolving challenge. To refine your IT strategy, ask the right questions. For example, are you still bogged down with paper files or traditional digital spreadsheets? More-advanced software may help. Could fully integrating key systems eliminate “information silos” and a digital asset-sharing policy improve collaboration? Do you offer training to…

Bookings vs. shippings: A sales flash report primer

Do bad sales months sneak up on you? Don’t forget the power of flash reports to display timely snapshots of critical data. For example, every workday, generate a flash report that shows total new orders taken (bookings) compared with total orders filled (shippings). After you’ve established the timeframes of bookings and shippings, assess your sales…