It’s mid-year. The year is half over. But we still have half a year to go.
It’s time to re-evaluate and recharge. We still have time to achieve our goals by the end of the year.
So let’s get started with the mid-year checklist.
- Recordkeeping (paper) – organize your documents. If you still have paper around for your income and expenses, organize them and file them in an orderly fashion. You don’t need to be extra fancy. You’re filing system can be as simple as monthly envelopes for your bank deposit receipts and expense receipts.
- Recordkeeping (digital) – getting organized doesn’t stop with just the physical paper, update and organize your digital files too. I don’t know about you but every year, I have the best intentions. I intend to keep my inbox and electronic files neat and orderly…it’s when I’m looking for something that I realize that I haven’t been as successful as I would have liked to be. This is as good of a time as any to clean up your digital file cabinet too.
- Bookkeeping – you want to make sure to make the most of not only tax deductions (expenses) but also make sure that you know who owes you so that you collect on your receivables in a timely manner… you can’t do that without a bookkeeping system. There’s nothing wrong with using a spreadsheet for this if you’re in the beginning stages of your business but if you want to get really snazzy, starting using accounting software like Wave or Xero.
- Budget/Goals – update your money goals (aka your budget). Look to see where you’re hitting or exceeding the mark…and update your goals. Look to see where you’re not doing so well and update those goals/budget line items as well.
Legal & Tax Stuff
- Re-evaluate your business entity – make sure that the business structure you have is the right one for your legal needs as a business owner and check to see if there are any legal things you need to be aware of. Ignorance is NOT bliss (nor is it a defense).
- Re-evaluate your business entity (part two) – make sure that you understand the tax implications of any legal entity changes. Again, you can’t claim lack of knowledge when the tax man (or woman) comes knocking because you forgot to file something.
- Estimates Taxes – review them for the prior year and prior two quarters. If you aren’t paying estimated taxes…start now. You don’t want to be penalized later.
- Vendor Updates (W9s) – double check to make sure that you have W9s for vendors you’ve paid or will pay more than $600 USD, do it now so you won’t be scrambling to get them at year end.
- Website – do a little “site audit”. Make sure all the information on your static pages, like the contact us and about us pages, are up to date and all the links still work.
- Customer Check In – send your best (and not so best) customers an email to say hello and check on them. Or even better, give them a call. You never know, this small gesture might bring you some new business and revenue. 🙂
- Social Media – do a little “audit” of all your social media profiles. Cleanup of your profiles. Make sure all the information is up to date (especially contact information).
- Meet with/have a conversation with your business attorney – discuss the legal stuff…you don’t have to wait until there is a problem to contact him/her.
- Meet with/have a conversation with your CPA – discuss the accounting and tax stuff… you don’t have to wait until tax time to talk.
These checklist items may seem like small things but when you look at the big picture, they all sum up to being proactive instead of reactive. Getting ahead of the “crisis” …and taking care of things before they are issues instead of waiting until things get out of hand, messy and overwhelming.
It’s all about awareness… being purposeful and systematic so that you can grow & maintain a business that you love.
Did I miss anything? What’s on your mid-year checklist?
Let me hear it in the comments below.
Until next time,