Fundraising for your startup can be one of the most important and stressful times. When done right, it can lead to partnerships with angel investors and venture capitalists that lead to millions of dollars to grow your business. If done wrong, it can lead you down a long road where you begin to second-guess your business and model.
Raising funds for your business takes a lot of planning, a lot of patience, and a significant amount of time preparing pitch decks and financial models.
So how exactly do you start to fundraise for your startup?
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NetSuite Software Overview
The number one cloud based ERP program that merges accounting, CRM, and inventory planning. NetSuite targets mid level businesses with rapid growth as well as large enterprises looking to streamline the data management of their core business processes.
NetSuite starts at $499 per month for the base package, and charges an extra $99 per additional user.
NetSuite Features and Strengths
- Automatically does depreciation of fixed assets which must be manually done in QuickBooks
- Multitude of functions besides accounting:
- ERP/supply chain management
- This can be managed by QB but only with add-ons that cost extra and have connectivity problems
- Connection to Email
- Role based integration allows different employees to have personalized access based off of function in company i.e. CEO; CFO; Accounting; Marketing
- Real time reporting and auto reconciliation
- Dashboard allowing for quick overview versus QuickBooks’s reports
Converting to NetSuite From QuickBooks
NetSuite has a conversion program to easily upload files that have been exported from QuickBooks. This being said however, they both represent the data in different forms and thus many tedious manual entries may need to occur to successfully convert to NetSuite. Additionally, these uploads have a cap on data so one must upload several chunks of data instead of doing it all at once. This chunking of data also presents its own problem as skipping or double counting can occur causing more manual entry and data checking.
Converting from NetSuite to QuickBooks can be just as cumbersome. Although it is possible to download all the files from NetSuite and then re-upload them to QuickBooks, this can cause the same issue of missing or double counting data, which requires tedious manual entries to fix.
Both companies offer services to do this for you, and there are a multitude of third party companies that specialize in this, but the problem is that they will not be familiar with your company, which leaves room for costly mistakes. These services often approach the problem the same way someone in house would, so what you are paying for is tedious manual data entry.
NetSuite is the jack of all trades. With its combination of accounting, CRM, ERP and ecommerce programs, its functionality outweighs QuickBooks hands down, however because NetSuite puts such an effort into being able to do everything, some features and functionality must be sacrificed. NetSuite is perfect for medium to large sized companies looking for a program that integrates all business functions. There is no customization by industry which makes some of the features useless depending on the company. Overall, NetSuite is an expensive program, but if your company can utilize all of the features, it will be better off with NetSuite.
Choosing the right small business accounting software isn’t as easy as most people think. With the opportunity to cut overhead by up to 75.6% with the right small business accounting system, making the decision on which one is right for you can be critical. Do you know how to choose the right business accounting software? Check out our simple tips to help make your decision easier. Continue reading “How to Choose the Right Small Business Accounting Software” »
Xero Accounting Software Review
Xero is an online cloud based accounting software ideal for small businesses of anywhere between 1-100 employees. It is also good for Service businesses, such as freelancers, professionals (i.e. lawyers and doctors), as well as consulting firms and out of house accountants.
I know people say that the best things in life are free, but that may not always be the case. While you may always get more bang for your buck from a paid accounting platform like QuickBooks, for some people looking to first get their feet wet with accounting software, there are some free options available. Continue reading “Best Free Accounting Software for Small Businesses” »
Whether you’ve just entered a new company and are trying to change the corporate culture, or you’ve been with the same company but are starting to see problems with your current culture that are in dire need of a fix, the steps to change corporate culture will be the same.
Company culture has become the biggest culprit for problems associated with employee behaviors and performance. While not always to blame, the impact of company culture is huge. Your company culture dictates the different incentive programs at your company, decision making processes and the behaviors of employees. Changing company culture is no small feat. If you’re attempting to change your company’s culture there are four factors that you need to focus on. Continue reading “4 Steps to Change Company Culture” »
Businesses spend million and millions creating and changing a company culture that drives innovation and fosters growth. Yes, I could use Google as a prime example of a company fostering an amazing culture, but what about AOL? The once pioneer of web browsers and dial-up modems has spent a considerable amount of money buying TechCrunch, Huffington Post, and restructuring and rebuilding their company culture, including their offices. They ripped out the corporate facade and went with something more, friendly and down-to-earth. But ultimately, how can you truly measure your return on investment on something as complex and variable as company culture?
Measuring the happiness of your employees and the impact your company culture has on business is not easy. But it starts with honesty. One approach to measuring the performance of your company culture is surveys. Sending out surveys to your employees with questions that help you gauge how far your culture has grown and its impact on business processes. However, with surveys you always run the risk of employees not completing them due to time or other priorities. The best way to find success with surveys is to send several shorter 1 or 2 question surveys out regularly. Although this is a very traditional approach to measuring culture, it is still considered to be very effective.
By far the most popular survey to measure the effectiveness of company culture is Gallup’s 12 Steps to Great Managing. This is a 12 question survey using a 10 point scale to measure company culture.
These 12 questions are the most basic and core questions used to define and evaluate your culture. As your company grows or defines different values that you try to measure, you can add or switch out various questions to establish metrics for measuring the performance of the different values of your culture.
According to the Human Capital Institute (HCI), by focusing on your company culture you can improve financial growth and performance by at least 14-17%. By creating a culture of innovation, you put your business in a position where it consistently reinvents itself and sets itself up for success similar to Apple, 3M and General Electric. Building an innovative culture is more than just putting the right metrics into place, just like with any building it starts from the foundation. And from the foundation you continue to build brick by brick. Continue reading “Driving Innovation Through Your Company Culture” »
When it comes to employee retention, some companies know no bounds. Yes, it’s true that losing an employee can cost anywhere from 1.5 to greater than 2 times the salary of the employee, but paying for your employees laundry, having sleeping pods in the office, is this maybe going a little too far? Some of these radical ideas seem like they can become costly business expenses, or even may harm he culture of your company, but does that outweigh losing one of your star employees? Check out this list below for some of the more creative employee retention strategies, and you can decide if some of these ideas might be too over the top, or just right for you. Continue reading “Creative Employee Retention Ideas” »
According to the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, roughly 2.4 million people are quitting their jobs. Even though the number of job openings has increased to approximately 4.5 million, it’s still alarming to see so many employees willing to leave their current organization. Even more alarming is that the increase in the number of job openings hasn’t changed the hires rate. This means that it has become harder to find qualified candidates to take on these new roles. Continue reading “Why are so Many People Quitting Their Jobs” »