One of the most important things that you, as the small company owner, have to take care of is your small business financing. Huge amount of money is thrown every year by small businesses simply because they are not running their financing efficiently. This is also the area of small business where entrepreneurs struggle most, since you cannot work without money-cash flow is the lifeblood of the business.
Small mistakes and lack of knowledge can be sources of serious problems and costs. However, you don’t need to be professional economist to know how to avoid them.
Here are some advices which will help you establish a healthy relationship with your business finances.
At the beginning you should consider the professional assistance you may need. If you need money to start your small business, you must get a loan. Many banks provide small business loans, the most important part is your business plan and a clear idea of in which direction your company is going to develop. Besides, you will probably need a trusted bookkeeper who can help you deal with all of the mundane tasks on regular basis (and save you a lot of money and stress). But be sure to understand the various types of bookkeepers and how to avoid fraud.
The first thing you will need to do for your business is to establish a sound financial budget. Open a special bank account for your business only. Try to keep your business transactions and household accounts completely separate. Do not borrow from one to another, no matter how tough the going gets. One of the biggest mistakes is to mix business with household finances.
It is also important that you keep your bank account under control. You may have a bank consultant and a bookkeeper, but you must have some kind of your own tracking the quotes and work in progress as well as sales invoices. Your bank balance should agree with your book keeping.
Do not give credit terms. Your income depend on your agreement and sales skills. You must ensure that clients know that payment is required on completion, of course it’s much better if you can get part or full payment up front. You must discuss, write down and agree terms of trade, supported by the contract which will protect you. Keep under control when invoices are due to be paid. This is the only way to have your invoices as frequently as possible, and not to lose your own money.
As in all categories of life and business for finances is the crucial to know your targets. For example, if you need to advertise due to not having a shop front, you should consider very carefully where you advertise and how much money it costs to reach each one of your prospects. Marketing and attracting customers can be very interesting and many business owners get lost in all that, spending much more money than they have planed. At the beginning, but also once and while, set sales targets and monitor them, comparing actual results with projections regularly.
And don’t you forget that each fresh started business rarely shows any profit within the first 3 months, sometimes even much longer. This is the fact you should keep in mind when planning your monthly budget. Be realistic-do not overspend but don’t you either starve your business-since you mustn’t let your business run out of money. Start small and work your way up.