Any savvy business professional understands the importance of maximizing deductions come tax time. Preparing well in advance and making sure to take advantage of every available opportunity to save will help you stay in compliance and keep as much money in your pocket as possible. As that time of year rolls around once again, we thought it might be helpful to provide a few tips and tricks for property managers during tax time. Take a look to see if there’s anything you might benefit from below.
Profitability is essential to businesses. It’s a marker of success and it can always be improved. The more profits your property management company can drive, the more flexibility your business is capable of and the more opportunities for expansion you will encounter. Knowing where you can make small tweaks or big changes to your operation can help you derive a strategy that will help keep your company not just financially stable but profitable and booming. Here are 5 tips and tricks for increasing your business’s profitability.
There are many metrics property management companies can use to pinpoint the value of their business, increase the profitability of their service, and decrease costs to their operation. Leveraging software that facilitate these measurements or regularly run property management reports allow organizations to actively improve or maintain profitability and increase cashflow to continue to grow their business. Collecting and analyzing data are key element of planning so businesses can stay financially healthy. If you operate a property management company and intend on growing, here are some strategies to effectively measure your profitability.
Errors are inevitable when accounting department rely heavily on manual processes. Property management companies deal with multiple accounts, hundreds to thousands of customers, vendors, and more, which can make the volume of invoices, payments, balance sheets and other accounting tasks overwhelming and difficult to complete perfectly on the first or even second try. Errors are inevitable, but unbalanced books can double the workload and stifle productivity. So, how do accounting teams avoid the seemingly unavoidable? Here are 5 tips to keep your books in order.
Manual data entry of hundreds of numbers every day can make accountants and administrators more susceptible to errors. Data entry of invoices, bank details, account codes can be stressful, it’s very easy for numbers to become distorted especially when being inputted repeatedly. When mistakes are made in accounting the result can be inconsequential or cause a domino effect impacting the result of numbers and books.
Automation is sometimes a scary word, often associated with robots and dystopian future. There’s a common fear that automation and robots will take over jobs and displace people which is actually not what technology is on track to do. Less than 10% of jobs can actually be fully automated, however automation can be a great help to office workers when leveraged by companies to help improve their staff performance and overall reputation.
As your property management grows in terms of portfolio size, staff, or revenue, it is increasingly important to have the right protocols in place, especially within the accounting department to ensure that every transaction, task, and process is done consistently and securely. Organizations with data monitoring controls in place had 54% less loss than other organizations and more than 50% faster detection time. Internal controls and compliance protocols regulate workplace transactions and avoid internal errors by minimizing the risk of fraud by maintaining data integrity as well as user accountability.
Customers increasingly want control over managing themselves and their business relationships especially when it comes to their finances. Online payments offer owners and tenants self-service capabilities that are customers want at an increasing rate. Mobile payments alone have grown in popularity as younger generations get older and have more spending power – studies show that 33% of millennials use cash while only 18% of Generation Z relies on cash. The ever-evolving industry can be difficult to keep up with but stay in-sync with trends can offer benefits to customers and property managers, here’s what you need to know about online payments for your owners and tenants.
Property managers have a lot of responsibilities but if they can’t effectively collect fees from their customers then they can’t do much else. While it may be cliché, it’s true – cashflow is the lifeblood of any business, so property managers find effective, efficient, and convenient methods to collect payments to enable growth, enhance customer service, and optimize planning.
Preauthorized payments are a form of payment automation where customers enable companies to withdraw funds for recurring payments directly in their account, typically via the EFT (electronic funds transfers) or ACH (Automated Clearing House) process. Preauthorized payments have been around for a while but have become more popular as the use of cash has declined, the 2016 Federal Reserve Payment study found that over 144 billion payments in the US were non-cash and they totaled over $170 trillion. The shift away from cash persists, 83% of American businesses leverage ACH/EFT payments, here are 5 reasons why you should too.