Business opportunities seem to be flourishing once again since the recession which started in 2008. This trend was apparent throughout the first three quarters 2014, and hopes are high for the last quarter andnext year as well. Here are some statistics that you should think about:
- 60% of all businesses expected spending to increase,
- 1/3 of companies plan to spend more on online marketing in 2014/2015,
- Majority of new business owners anticipate excellent prospects within the next 15 months,
- 8 out 10 small business owners plan to increase the number of products and offerings within the next 12 months.
These statistics serve as excellent motivation both for the business community and the economy at large. However, while this may be a good time to invest in a new business, it is not the end of the story. You need to manage your finances wisely in order to achieve success in the long run.
What Does Money Management Mean?
For business owners, money management mostly includes the following:
A spending plan
This may seem obvious, but many people simply overlook the benefits of estimating business expenditure for a given time period, ideally a year.
In similar vein, you need to account even for the smallest expense that your company makes. This requires time, effort, and resources, but you need to have a streamlined approach for tracking and managing the expenses of your new business.
A saving plan
As important as it is to create budgets and maintain accounts, you also need to create a saving plan as there is a degree of unpredictability with any business venture. Having a saving plan can serve as your backup when prospects don’t look so bright.
Now that we know what money management encompasses and what it actually means, here a few tips that will help you organize your finances.
Money Management Tips
Seek Professional Help
No matter how competent you may be, it is impossible to gain expertise in every business area. Consulting financial experts not only lowers your chances of error, but also frees up a lot of time and energy which are both valuable resources to an owner/manager.
This falls in line with your savings plan. While there may be exceptions, shopping smartly is a great way to keep your business expenses at bay. For example, you can get your office supplies for free after a 100% cash rebate program from major retailers. In addition, you can shop for everything from office computers to furniture from popular online websites.
Invest Wisely (But Do Invest!)
Finally, as you start experiencing success, it seems logical to strive for aggressive expansion. However, this requires capital, which new ventures are already short of. So, since there is no true growth without investmentthe key is to take your expansion one step at a time.
That’s about it! These tips will help you gain a strong footing on your finances in the rest of 2014.