Starting a business is an exciting endeavor, but growing that business into a successful enterprise requires careful planning and execution. Financial strategies are at the heart of this growth, guiding a start-up through various stages of development. Let’s explore some key financial strategies that can help turn a fledgling start-up into a flourishing success.

  1. Understanding Growth Stages

Every business evolves through different stages, each with unique financial needs and challenges:

  1. Launch Phase

Here, the focus is on setting up the business, securing initial funding, and beginning operations.

  1. Growth Phase

This phase involves expanding, reaching new markets, and scaling operations.

  1. Maturity Phase

At this stage, the business focuses on maintaining growth, streamlining operations, and enhancing profitability.

  1. Essential Financial Strategies for Growth

  2. Robust Financial Planning

Creating a detailed financial plan that aligns with business goals is vital. It should include projections, budgets, and a clear roadmap for financial management.

  1. Efficient Cash Flow Management

Managing cash flow is essential for business growth. Monitoring receivables, controlling expenses, and maintaining a cash reserve are all critical elements in cash flow management that work together to prevent liquidity crises.

  1. Consideration of Financing Options

Growing businesses often need additional capital. Exploring different financing options, including loans, investors, and grants, ensures funds are available when needed.

  1. Investing in Technology

Implementing financial software and technology can provide real-time insights, enhance efficiency, and facilitate informed decision-making.

  1. Focus on Compliance

Compliance with tax laws, regulations, and industry standards is essential to avoid legal complications that could hinder growth.

  1. Employee Development

Investing in employees ensures that the team has the skills and motivation to contribute to the company’s growth.

  1. Navigating Growth Challenges

Growth often comes with challenges. Understanding potential pitfalls and planning for them can make the journey smoother:

  1. Balancing Growth and Profitability

Fast growth can sometimes lead to financial strain. Striking the right balance between growth and profitability is key.

  1. Managing Risk

Identifying and mitigating potential risks, whether operational, financial, or market-related, can prevent unforeseen setbacks.

  1. Building Strong Relationships

Maintaining good relationships with suppliers, customers, and other stakeholders supports growth by fostering trust and collaboration.

  1. Seeking Professional Assistance

Engaging financial professionals with experience in growing businesses can provide valuable insights, guidance, and support throughout the growth journey.


Transforming a start-up into a successful business is a multifaceted process. A strategic financial approach, tailored to the specific stage and needs of the business, is vital for sustainable growth. From planning and cash management to compliance and relationship building, every aspect of financial strategy contributes to success.

At Figure Financial, we are passionate about supporting businesses at every stage of growth. Stay tuned for more insights and guidance to help your business reach its full potential.

The Figure Financial Team

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Frequently Asked Questions


Is the IRS cancelling the ERC program early?

The IRS released updated guidance on the Employee Retention Credit program on September 14, 2023. The news release below explains that the IRS has placed an immediate moratorium through the end of the year on the processing of new ERC claims in effort to curb fraudulent applications by bad actors. While a moratorium may sound alarming, this intentional pause is a common practice used by the IRS.

This is a developing situation, and we will continue to provide updates as new information is released. This what we know so far:

  • This news confirms that the ERC is still a valid and valuable tax incentive for qualified businesses – this is not a cancellation of the program.
  • The IRS moratorium will delay taxpayers from receiving their ERC funds, but it does not prevent taxpayers from continuing to file for the credit.
  • The IRS may ask for more information to process future ERC claims, which we are prepared to provide as it is already part of our normal substantiation process.
  • We will only release a credit for your business if we are confident you meet the IRS requirements. The positions we take are in line with the updated guidance that the IRS has provided.
  • A large portion of the businesses we evaluate for ERC do not meet IRS eligibility requirements. If we filed a credit on your behalf, it is because we are confident you qualify. You should not be concerned about the credits you have claimed. The positions we have taken continue to be in line with the updated guidance that the IRS has provided.
  • The IRS is taking steps to help taxpayers remediate any inappropriately claimed credits in good faith. The IRS encourages taxpayers to evaluate their eligibility for the credit. If you know anyone concerned with a credit they claimed individually or through a company other than ERC Pros, we can offer assistance through our ERC Substantiation Services.

On January 31, 2024, the House passed the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024, which proposed an end to the ERC program effective January 31, 2024. This is now pending approval from the Senate. Please note that we will not be processing any new ERC claims until a final vote is reached. Our team of attorneys and CPAs is closely monitoring the situation. For more information about this new legislation, read this Tax Update from our legal team on our blog.

Who can withdraw an ERC claim?

Employers for whom all of the following is true:

  • The claim was made on an amended employment return (Forms 941-X, 943-X, 944-X, CT-1X);
  • The amended employment return only added the claim for the ERC – no other adjustments were made;
  • The employer seeks to withdraw the entire amount of the ERC claim; and
  • The IRS had not paid the claim, or the check for the refund has not been cashed or deposited.
Who cannot withdraw an ERC claim?

Employers who have already cashed their refund checks or who claimed the ERC on their original employment tax return.

Why did the IRS create this withdrawal option?

The IRS created the withdrawal option to help small business owners and others who were pressured or misled by ERC marketers or promoters into filing ineligible claims.

Why is this so important?

Claims that are withdrawn will be treated as if they were never filed. The IRS will not impose penalties or interest, which can save you a lot of money.

How does an employer withdraw an ERC claim?
A: Review the instructions carefully at: Withdraw an Employee Retention Credit (ERC) claim | Internal Revenue Service ( Section A: You haven’t received a refund and haven’t been notified your claim is under audit.
  • Make a copy of the adjusted return with the claim you wish to withdraw.
  • In the left margin of the first page, write “Withdrawn.”
  • In the right margin of the first page:
  • Have an authorized person sign and date it.
  • Write their name and title next to their signature.
  • Fax the signed copy of your return using your computer or mobile device to the IRS’s ERC claim withdrawal fax line at 855-738-7609. This is your withdrawal request. Keep your copy with your tax records. **If you can’t fax your withdrawal request, you can mail it to the address in the instructions for the adjusted return that applies to your business or organization. Before doing so you should make a copy of the signed and dated first page to keep for your records. It will take longer for the IRS to receive your request if you mail it. Mail your package via certified mail to track and confirm delivery.
Section B: You haven’t received a refund and you’ve been notified your claim is under audit. If you’ve been notified that the IRS is auditing the adjusted employment tax return that includes your ERC claim, prepare your withdrawal request using the steps in Section A, but don’t submit to the withdrawal fax line or mail it using the address below. Instead:
  • If you’ve been assigned an examiner, communicate with your examiner about how to submit your withdrawal request directly to them.
  • If you haven’t been assigned an examiner, respond to your audit notice with your withdrawal request, using the instructions in the notice for responding.
Section C: You received a refund check but haven’t cashed or deposited it.
  • Prepare the claim withdrawal request using the steps in Section A, but don’t fax the request.
  • Write “Void” in the endorsement section on the back of the refund check.
  • Include a note that says, “ERC Withdrawal” and briefly explain the reason for returning the refund check.
  • Make copies for your tax records of the front and back of the voided check, the explanation notes and the signed and dated withdrawal request page.
  • Don’t staple, bend, or paper clip the voided check; include it with your claim withdrawal request and mail it to the IRS at:

Cincinnati Refund Inquiry Unit

PO Box 145500

Mail Stop 536G

Cincinnati, OH 45250

**Mail your package via certified mail to track and confirm delivery.

What happens after submitting the withdraw request?

The IRS will send you a letter telling you whether your withdrawal request was accepted or rejected. Your approved request is not effective until you have your acceptance letter from the IRS. If your withdrawal is accepted, you may need to amend your income tax returns if you already included the claim for the ERC in the filing. If you need help, seek out a trusted tax professional.


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