I think we can all agree that 2019 has been quite the year. There seem to have been fewer highs and more lows than even the terrible 2018. Doesn’t seem fair, does it? The good news is it’s almost over and 2020 is going to be amazing. Before we can move on there is still some important work to be done in the last quarter of 2019. What gets done between now and 12/31/2019 will ensure a strong year-end and create a foundation for success in 2020.
🌱Business owners are held personally liable when they don’t bother to maintain the paperwork. They do deals with a handshake🤝 ; move money around without documenting for what and where 💰 ; and, fail to file necessary forms with state and federal authorities 📝 The result? Creditors coming after their personal assets, and a court determining that the failure to maintain the limited liability entity properly means it doesn’t exist at all—and thus affords the owners no liability protection 😭
In addition to growing Alice & Fran LLC into a premier cannabis accounting & finance firm, one of my goals is, and has always been, educating small to medium size business owners on all things (cannabis) accounting & finance. My first two blog posts, Strong Accounting & Finance - Essential for a Successful (Cannabis) Company and Strong Accounting & Finance? Start Here were “long reads” intended to introduce traditional accounting & finance best practices and efficient processes to cannabis business owners. Many executives and founders in the industry are in leadership roles for the first time in their careers. They might not have a deep understanding of the day-to-day accounting function or the importance of financial management to exit strategy, expansion plans and audits.
What does that mean? What’s involved? Who’s involved? How do I make it happen? Below I outline what I believe are the four basics components of any accounting & finance “department”; reduced to its simplest form for small to midsize organizations (farms, grows, dispensaries, delivery services, extractors, edibles manufacturers, etc.).