So you have decided to step in to the big leagues and start flipping houses? First be sure to carefully evaluate your personal commitment to the projects, time available to invest into them and willingness to liability exposure. Having bought and sold over 150 houses, I am here to tell you that rehabbing houses is one of the most difficult investing strategies, but can also be one of the most lucrative.
Apply for and get a credit report and credit score. This will help you get a clear picture of your financial health. Be sure to get a report annually and learn how to analyze a credit report.
A business owner must know how much cash flow is available on a daily basis. If you don’t know this you are heading for disaster. Because even if it seems to be a lot of cash coming in, you may very well have a lot of expenses that have crept in over the last few months. Every real business owner knows how much cash he has at all times. The business owner should look at his or her cash flow examples, Balance statement and Profit and Loss Statement weekly in most cases. Most business owners never do and then panic when things “all of a sudden” go haywire with the business.
Have you taken a draw from the business? Unless you take it via payroll, it does not show up on the profit and loss statement. It is also a balance sheet item, down toward the bottom: Equity.
After you have subtracted ALL expenses (including taxes) from revenues, you are left with net income. The word net means basic, fundamental. This is a very important item on the income statement because it tells you how much money is left after business operations. Think of net income like the score of a single basketball game in a series. Net income tells you if you won or lost, and by how much, for a given period of time.
Consider non-cash intensive payment options. Have you ever tried bartering? Make sure you are using business credit cards that award travel points to minimize cash expenditures on future business trips.
EQUITY: Funds that have been supplied to the company to get the ‘stuff’. Equities show ownership of the assets or claims against the assets. If someone other than the owner has claims on the assets, it is called a liability.