Managing Your Business Finances

by Andreas on April 18, 2011

No matter how big or small your business is, running your own company can be incredibly difficult and when it’s time to manage your business finances, you always have to be focused as the slightest mistake might cost your company a lot of time and some serious money. You don’t have to want to dive into your savings account in order to bail you out!

To make sure you always remain in control of your company finances, you have to be really well organised. You need to know what payments your company have made and when, and what income you have coming in at all times.

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Once you have this data you can successfully manage your companies cash flow and based on the result you can actually forecast future business growth.

Starting to manage your business finances is often a very daunting task, but once you’ve done it, the advantages massively outweigh the struggles to get it done.

In an ideal scenario your businesses income will always be greater than your expenditure, which basically means that the money you are bringing in to your company is more than the money leaving your business. The easiest way to manage all your business income is through a type of accounting software, but if you know what you’re doing then it can be easily done just by using an Excel spreadsheet.

Purchasing accounting software may be the easy option and it may save you time, but it will cost money, and if you are unsure of how to use the software you may require additional training to get you up to speed.

Whichever way you get there, you should know what money is coming in to your business on a daily basis, and what money leaves your company for expenses. Once you know this data you can set yourself a financial plan.

A financial plan will give you a good grasp of the financial needs of your business, but it can only be accurate if your figures are correct. Detailing a financial plan for your company can help you develop future business objectives and strategies to develop your company further.

Using your financial plan you can split up your financial objectives in to short term and long term goals, and using all of your financial data you can track your progress over time to see if you and your business are on track. If you are then you know your business is performing well, if not then you need to do something about it to rectify the situation.

If you have set out your financial plan successfully then by managing your finances on a day to day basis you will be able to foresee any problems that you may encounter in the future, and being able to notice future trends can be vitally important to a businesses survival.

If you think that managing your business finances yourself will be too difficult, you can always seek the help of an accountant or business finance expert, it just depends how confident you feel with your figures.

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safaridave

Great points there on finance. I recomend that we all start accepting gold and silver bars for payment. Back to the good ol days when we held soemthing of value as payment for services.

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Extreme John
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Ahhhh those were the days.

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Dennis Edell
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Now I just need some money so I can see if he’s right. lol
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Linda
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Great tips, Andreas. I track my business income and expenses on a spreadsheet throughout the year, and save invoices/receipts. Then just print out the spreadsheet for my CPA before tax time. Its easier for my accountant, and I get a better picture of how cash flows in and out of my business.

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Ramon Morales

Even though im not a business minded person but i think this site is useful.

this will not also apply in business but also to your payments and savings. I’m planning to have my own business someday and i hope i know how to manage my business finance’s

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Extreme John
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Why thank you Ramon. Long before it was a blog geared towards small business and small business owners it was just a personal picture blog, so glad that you were able to find something useful here.

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Leo

I’m a little biased here but to me, an accountant is well-worth the extra expense, for certain financial transactions such as taxes. No software can keep up with the changes and complexities of the tax code, so I use a real person to figure that one out. I also use accounting software for daily matters, such as tracking income and expenses.
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