3 top tips to manage your budget

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3 top tips to manage your budget

Running out of money is one of the main causes of business failure, along with problems with pricing and costs. Having a realistic budget in place can help you reduce these risks.

Securing your company’s continued success requires effective budget management. To assist in achieving financial stability and organise your business finances, we’ve outlined three top tips to help manage your money

1. Analyse your costs

Do your homework on the operational expenses associated with your business before creating a budget. Having a thorough understanding of your expenses provides you with the foundational understanding required to create a budget that works.

As your company grows, your budget should be adjusted so that you can cover any increasing expenses by raising sales and profit.

The budget should factor in fixed, variable, one-time, and unexpected costs. Rent, salary, internet costs, and insurance are a few instances of fixed expenses. Commission and the cost of goods and services are examples of variable expenses.

More importantly, if your business is new, you must include start-up costs as well. By creating the budget this way, you can address any unforeseen financial surprises and make better-informed decisions.

2. Factor in seasonal and industry trends

Recognise that not all company objectives and estimates can be met monthly. There will be months in annually when the company is "booming," and there will be slow months. Account for industry trends and seasonal variations, you’ll need to manage your cash flow wisely to keep the business running during downtimes.

The goal is to capitalise during peak months and increase revenue to tide the business through the quieter times.

3. Set spending goals and manage cash flow

Setting goals gives you a way to make sure your money is going toward the appropriate things and stops you needlessly spending it. It’s also important to project your cash flow. Cash flow is made up of two parts: vendor and customer payments. To maintain cash flow in your company, these two elements must be in balance.

It's important to have flexible payment periods and the capacity to accept payments through standard payment channels if you want to make every effort to guarantee timely consumer payments. Customers may, however, occasionally fail to abide by the state requirements, which could have an impact on your cash flow projection because of late payments.

You can encourage payment by giving customers a grace period and creating strict business policies for late payment.

Recruitment Entrepreneur can help.

Recruitment Entrepreneur helps support over 45 portfolio businesses globally and as part of that partnership, we help manage all their respective budgets and cash flow.

As part of our operational support, Recruitment Entrepreneur has a dedicated finance team that assists with budgeting and ensures financial forecasts and business goals stack on track.

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