[Video] Business Owners, Separate Your Business And Personal Finances
This is specifically for our business owners. Trevore and I are going to talk about some things that our business owners should be thinking about, whether you are a one man, one woman shop, or you have a team surrounding you that you can separate yourself from your business.
What’s the very first thing people should be considering?
Depending on your net income we want you to be thinking how to separate yourself both legally and also from a tax perspective. Like setting up an LLC so if your business is sued or has any type of legal issue.
As far as an S Corp that helps separate yourself from your business for tax planning.
So one is legal and one is tax.
Along those lines another element of the tax side is your business is a separate entity.
So when you incorporate you get a new EIN or identification number. This is different from your social security number and it is very important that you have both of those handy incase you have to use something for business and something for personal use.
We always want to be thinking about how we segregate things. We have personal bank accounts and personal credit cards. And we want to make sure that as we are drawing the line that we have business bank accounts and business credit cards as well.
We keep those separate from a creditors protection and to make sure everything is very straightforward and not crossing any lines.
And with those bank accounts, that will also help with accounting. So whether you are recording on a spreadsheet, piece of paper, a software, this way you keep what is yours, personal and separate from the business.
It will make your tax filing that much easier, cleaner, and straightforward.
The last item we want to talk about is pay yourself. This is very important, you are a business, treat it like a business. You are not working for free. No one else is working for you for free so make sure you are paying wages to yourself and your employees.
So those are five ways you can separate yourself from your business.
Think about that in this upcoming year. If Trevore or I can help you here at Financial Design Studio, let us know!