It shouldn’t be surprising to learn that starting a new business often requires at least a little bit of capital, and the expenses don’t stop once you’re fully operational. As an entrepreneur or business owner, it’s important to establish and sustain a reliable budget to keep your finances in order and enable you to plan ahead.
Before you embark on the journey of entrepreneurship, come up with a realistic and maintainable budget to allow for any and all financial fluctuations commonly experienced in business.
How do you do that, you ask? Here are seven tips to help you stay on track when starting a new business.
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1: Involve Your Employees (If You Have Them)
If your business has more than one employee, it’s smart to involve them in the process. Just because you’re the owner, doesn’t mean it’s only up to you to keep things in check. Your business budget should include everyone who works for you, meaning each person should have the ability to give their input where you think it’s necessary.
On top of that, if you’re planning on undergoing some changes within your business, you should also be keeping your employees in the loop so that they understand what your expectations are going forward.
2: Don’t Pay Yourself Too Little
A lot of entrepreneurs try to save every penny they make for their budget, especially in the beginning. Sure, it’s really important to have money in savings, but at the same time, you need to make sure you’re paying yourself adequately.
3: Identify and Understand Your Risks
It doesn’t matter what business venture you decide to undertake, from a tax preparation business to flipping properties, there are always risks that could financially impact your company. One of the important steps of business ownership is identifying both short- and long-term risks in order to accurately plan for the future.
For example, how do minimum wage increases or health care coverage requirements affect your employees? Understanding the potential risks is monumental for sustaining business, both long and short-term. Once you’ve identified any issues or threats to productivity, you’ll have a better idea how to plan for emergency circumstances.
4: Overestimate Costs
If your business functions on a project-to-project basis, you know that every client is different, and no two jobs will turn out the exact same. A lot of the time, business owners can’t foresee when and if something will exceed their budget.
Much of being an entrepreneur is just planning and dealing with the unexpected. To avoid any disastrous financial problems, being organized and overestimating costs is a great way to offset any expenses that weren’t anticipated.
5: Monitor Your Sales Cycle
Most businesses experience slow and busy seasons over the span of a year. If your business has an “off season,” you need to come up with a way to manage your expenses during that period. The best way to do this is to use your slower sales periods to plan for when you have booming sales.
6: Don’t Forget That Time Is Money
All business owners should understand that time is money. One of the biggest mistakes I see when coaching new entrepreneurs is that they forget to include their time spent into their budget. This is especially true when you’re working with employees who are being paid for their time.
Creating deadlines that run later than when you expect to finish a project is ideal. So, for example, if you think you can complete a job by Friday, promise delivery on Monday, that way if you get it done early, you look like a superstar. And likewise, if for some reason the project runs over and you have to submit your work on Monday, you’re still deemed successful in your execution.
7: Consistently Reevaluate Your Budget
Your business’s budget will never stay consistent—it’s one of those things that evolve and change as your business grows. Because of that you’ll need to regularly revisit and reevaluate your budget based on your profit patterns and growth.
One thing you can do is revise your monthly and yearly budgets to get a more concise picture of that state of your company’s finances. Not only will it help you have more control, but it will also help you make better financial decisions.
It’s also smart to take past market trends into consideration when trying to prepare your business for the year ahead. Once you’ve done that, you can effectively factor in any unexpected expenses.
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There you have it! Seven great budgeting tips to help reduce stress and successfully start a new business. Of course, there are other things you can do to excel and stay on track with your company’s financials, like for example, hiring a business mentor.
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