When focusing on profit first, businesses can ensure that they are making the most of their income and resources. Make money, pay yourself first.

BIKING BOOKKEEPER LTD utilizes the Profit First method of cash management – Download here a GIFT TO YOU. Our team lives by  the Profit First  to guide business owners and entrepreneurs in maximizing their profits.

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A business focused on profit can help entrepreneurs develop financial consciousness and become more mindful of their expenditure. If you wanted to know the best of the best please check the following link of the Profit First Professionals in UK.



Any accountant | bookkeeper can do your taxes and reconcile your books. But how many accountants | bookkeepers will also drive profitability in your business? That’s what we do. We are a Profit First advocates.

Author of cult classics The Pumpkin Plan and The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur offers a simple, counter intuitive cash management solution that will help small businesses break out of the doom spiral and achieve instant profitability.

Conventional accounting uses the logical (albeit, flawed) formula: Sales – Expenses = Profit. The problem is, businesses are run by humans, and humans aren’t always logical. Serial entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz has developed a behavioral approach to accounting to flip the formula: Sales – Profit = Expenses. Just as the most effective weight loss strategy is to limit portions by using smaller plates, Michalowicz shows that by taking profit first and apportioning only what remains for expenses, entrepreneurs will transform their businesses from cash-eating monsters to profitable cash cows. Using Michalowicz’s Profit First system, readers will learn that:

· Following 4 simple principles can simplify accounting and make it easier to manage a profitable business by looking at bank account balances.
· A small, profitable business can be worth much more than a large business surviving on its top line.
· Businesses that attain early and sustained profitability have a better shot at achieving long-term growth.

With dozens of case studies, practical, step-by-step advice, and his signature sense of humor, Michalowicz has the game-changing roadmap for any entrepreneur to make money they always dreamed of.


The book that changed my life.

Give us a call (or drop us an email) for a profitability assessment and profit strategy guide. This service is completely free and by the end of our discussion you will be well equipped to boost your profits (fast).

We are profit first advocates. What does this mean for you? We will guide you with the methods to greatly increase the profitability of your business.  Of course, we will manage your accounting, do your tax returns and help you with your books – but any accountant | bookkeeper can do that.  We also provide the most important financial factor – maximizing your profits.

The Profit First system was designed by Mike Michalowicz to help businesses achieve their profit goals. The system is based on the premise that businesses should focus on generating profit first, rather than simply trying to increase sales or reduce costs. By focusing on profit first, businesses can ensure that they are making the most of their income and resources. The Profit First system has  key components/envelopes/jars:


Owners Compensation

Operating Expenses (OpEx)


Tax accounts – these will also include VAT for VAT registered business as this is not applicable to USA.

If you need help to set you up contact us

Profit First, the revolutionary approach to cash flow management spearheaded by Mike Michalowicz in his best-selling book of the same name, is revolutionizing how entrepreneurs pay themselves. Reverberating throughout both accounting and financial independence communities alike for its engaging storytelling tactics that offer practical advice for taking control of finances, this method has been a game changer – empowering hundreds of thousands across the world with newfound fiscal freedom. As if it could not get any better?

Biking bookkeeper Ltd is happy to set businesses up with Envelopes in both accounting system – we love XERO but also within the banks which do offer such facility – our favourite is Starling Bank – an innovative feature specifically designed to help those looking to apply Profit First’s methods into their own business and reap all available benefits!

Profit First is a unique approach to budgeting that empowers business owners and entrepreneurs.

Traditional Profit formula:

Sales – Expenses = Profit

By allotting an immediate portion of every sale as profit, this method takes away the anxiety of wondering how much you need to earn in order for there being something left over after expenses are accounted for.

The Profit First formula:

Sales – Profit = Expenses

Profit First prioritizes your financial wellbeing by creating structure around taxation, salary expectations and other related costs with leftover money acting as leeway within the company’s established budget – allowing rent payments, supplies or wages just become another piece of good management rather than guesswork.

Although it takes some getting used to, a business focused on profit can help entrepreneurs develop financial consciousness and become more mindful of their expenditure. This new outlook also encourages them to invest in themselves – whether that be setting aside time for self-care or taking the leap into paying yourself! Ultimately, this shift in mentality has the potential to revolutionize how entrepreneurs manage and sustain success.

As they say, the proof is in the pudding. Email (or call) us for a free profit maximizer session.  We’ll assess where you stand now, and give you actions that you can immediately use to grow your profits.  The service is completely free! Why? Because we are confident you will be so impressed by what we can do for you, you will want to work with us going forward.

How does it work?

Profit First offers business owners a unique way to manage their finances and increase profits – it flips the traditional cashflow system on its head, allowing entrepreneurs to take out predetermined percentages of their deposits for taxes, owner payments, operating costs and more before expenses.

The method relies heavily upon Target Allocation Percentages (TAPS) which determine how much should be put into each account in order ensure profitability. Current Allocation Percentages (CAPS), or your real revenue expenditures are also taken into consideration when implementing this new finance structure – learn everything you need about Profit First’s revolutionary approach with us today!


Let’s talk percentages, how do they relate to PROFIT FIRST?

Ever wonder how you can best allocate your business’ finances to achieve greater success?

Profit First percentages offer a comprehensive way of gauging where things stand now and charting the right course for future objectives. Current Allocation Percentages (CAPS) provide an important snapshot into income, owner compensation, operating expenses (OpEx), profit margins, and taxes while Target Allocations Percentages (TAPS) act as ambitious yet attainable goals that take profitability even further.

Mike Michalowicz has created this helpful chart which crafts realistic target allocations depending on what stage of growth each company is in!


We can then sit down and apply this to the British currency equivalent to work best for the business.


What are the 5 Profit First accounts?

  • Income – This is where you keep the profit from your business.
  • Profit – This is where you keep profit generated each month.
  • Tax – An account that keeps taxes paid by the company on its profit for reallocation into other accounts at year end or when needed. In UK we’ll also include VAT to account for when it comes to cash flow.
  • Operating Expenses (OpEx) – this is where you keep money needed to run your business.
  • Owners Compensation – this is where you keep profit that will be paid to the owners of the company.


These five accounts help you keep track of where money is going, what it’s being spent on, and who takes ownership for each decision made – all essential pieces of information when running a business!

Tip: choose the right banks to maintain your financial well-being. You don’t want 5 different account numbers for each of these platforms that take more time than what matters which is paying yourself first.

The 5 Profit First Accounts are Income, Owners Compensation, Operating Expenses (OpEx), Profit, and Tax. These are the different accounts you should open to track your TAPs and distribute funds.

When opening bank accounts for your Profit First business, you should open at least two Current accounts for Income,  and Operating Expenses, keep them nicely separated for accounts which accumulates your cash. Then we recommend using Starling bank for Owners Compensation, and two saving accounts should be created for Profit and Tax. For Profit and Tax Hold you can choose similar setting of a bank account offering space/jars/envelopes like Revolut or Plumb

Proceeds from sales should be deposited into your primary Income account then distributed into your other accounts based on the percentages you’ve allotted for each destination.

Choosing a bank which supports Profit First is vital for the success of your business’ use of the Profit First method. You should choose a business bank which doesn’t charge minimum balance fees and which allows the creation of multiple accounts at no additional cost – these could be banks like Tide, Monzo, Moneta

There are plenty of banks which offer a period free of bank charges from Lloyds Bank, Barclays, Cash Plus, Halifax, Natwest, Anna and plenty of others. These can link nicely with XERO for regular bank feeds.

You should also choose a business bank that reduces the hassle involved in managing money across 5 accounts. You don’t want to find yourself spending hours each week having to stay on hold with your bank or visit branches when all you’re trying to do is pay yourself first!

Also makes sure your bank supports Profit First entrepreneurs, and doesn’t charge minimum balance fees, and offers the creation of envelopes for each of the five accounts you’ll need as a Profit First entrepreneur.


When shall one start implementing PROFIT FIRST?

Starting a business is no small feat – it requires dedication, planning and of course cash flow. While revenue and expenses are important factors to consider on the road to success, many entrepreneurs forget about one key component: profit! The question then arises; when should you begin investing in your already established profits?

Simple answer: as soon as possible. By implementing the ‘profit first’ method from day one, not only will entrepreneurs gain insight into their current standing but also how they can continue growing past that point – an invaluable tool for any company owner or aspiring founder alike!

The profit first method is an extremely helpful tool to entrepreneurs who are just starting. By setting profit first, entrepreneurs will be able to learn the ins and outs of running a successful company and what areas need more attention/development for it to grow.

In the end, the profit first method will educate company owners about their firm more than ever before, as well as what can be done to grow it even more!

The profit first method is beneficial because it helps you start your year with profit so that there are no financial surprises later in the year.


Examples of how entrepreneurs can be supported by the Profit First Method

Profit First is a great tool for any business, regardless of age or size. It can help kickstart success by creating an emergency fund and paying off debt without taking outside investment. Companies that have been through hardship such as bankruptcy are also able to rely on it as a way back into financial stability. This method allows entrepreneurs just getting started with their businesses the opportunity to become profitable quickly while factoring potential future costs in order to avoid overspending. From affiliates and service providers, all the way up to retailers; this powerful strategy has worked wonders across many industries!

The advantages and disadvantages of Implementing the Profit First Method today

Profit first is a powerful tool to help boost your business, but it’s not for everyone.

  • You may immediately notice an upward shift in profits on the P&L statement.
  • It’s simple and easy to implement.

But, there are potential pitfalls as well. Employees could become uncomfortable with suddenly having profit take priority over everything else and might even decide to quit if they’re thrown into this new system without any preparation or explanation of why the change has been made!

Additionally, those running short-term businesses such as startups should consider how hard implementing profit first would be when cash flow needs to happen quickly each month.

Creating a profitable mindset in your business can be daunting, particularly when you’re tight on time and resources.

That’s why enlisting the help of an experienced coach is so important – they’ll make sure that once profit first methods are put into place, everyone will understand how it works and get behind it. Plus with their guidance, even employees who would have previously felt uneasy about discussing profits or income statements every month will now feel empowered to ask questions if need be.

So don’t wait any longer – invest in those around you today!


Why you should consider applying the Profit First Method now 

As an entrepreneur, it’s easy to get so caught up in driving our businesses forward that we forget the importance of prioritizing profits.

Without adequately focusing on making a profit, there can be no long-term success; after all, your business relies solely on two sources of income: one from actual earnings and another through loans.

To ensure you’re taking home as much net profit possible while also investing back into your venture, look to utilize the Profit First Method — this strategic approach guarantees regular payouts for yourself with taxes taken out before any expenses are paid – ensuring maximum return!

Profit First is not just about profit—it’s also about empowering entrepreneurs to take control of their businesses so they can stop trading hours for pounds and start building a profitable business.


So what now?

Instead of letting bills pile up, why not “pay yourself first” by utilizing the Profit First Method? This strategy allows business owners to make sure their own money is handled before any other payments and can lead to greater success in 2023.

Numerous organizations have already seen a decrease in stress levels and an increase in earnings after putting this method into practice; it could be just what your company needs!