February 13, 2017
Number crunching isn’t everybody’s favourite task, and budgeting for your small business can be tricky, but successful businesses are usually the ones who have mastered the art of budgeting, and go on to reap the rewards. Creating and maintaining a budget for your small business doesn’t have to be hard, and provided you stick at it and update it regularly, it should become a great tool for helping your business become a success.
Make your budget your priority:
As soon as your new business is up and running, it’s vital that you get cracking with planning and tightly managing its financial performance. Once you’ve created a process for budgeting, you’ll find that it’s the easiest and most effective way of keeping your business on the right track.
If you find yourself struggling with knowing how best to go about creating a budget plan for your small business, then read on for a few tips and pointers:
The advantages of business planning and budgeting and how to get started:
- Your budget shouldn’t be a big hurdle for you to climb over, put simply, it’s about estimating your expenses and matching them with your revenue.
- It doesn’t have to be completely accurate, and while you should try and follow it as best you can, your figures will always be based upon assumptions surrounding current market trends, and so will never be accurate all the time.
- Regularly review your budget and pay close attention to what you’ve been spending during day to day operations. Costs like these can quickly mount up and it may also be that some of them can be reduced by looking for new services, products and suppliers, and regular reviews of your budget will help you to keep on top of this.
- Allow yourself some slack in the budget to account for potential future expenses, such as if you wanted to expand your business or premises, or recruit new employees.
- Don’t think too big if your business is small; annual budgeting may work well for large corporations, but for smaller companies, monthly budgeting is perfectly adequate. It’s regular enough for you to be able to review your business’s progress and make plans, while not being so often that you’re getting bogged down in it.
- Seek help from other professionals if you have too much on your plate, even if only for the first year or so as you find your business feet. There are many different tasks associated with bookkeeping, and when a business is in its early stages, it can often feel like an uphill struggle to get everything completed. Hiring a bookkeeping or accountancy firm will take some of the stress associated with budgeting, away from you, and you’ll be confident in the knowledge that your money is being managed effectively.