On the list of crucial things that determine if a small scale business will stay relevant or fold up within a short while, money is right on the top.
However, a startup could have lots of money, but without a sufficient budget, finances would be mismanaged; eventually leading to their folding up.
Without doubts, budgets are essential for any business that wants to grow or thrive. Budgeting isn’t a reduction in the amount you’re spending; that’s a misconception. However, an advantage of budgeting could be a reduction in your cost per time, as unnecessary expenses would be cut out.
That being said, a budget is a financial tool that you can
use to predict your future expenditure in relation to your income. If you’re in
any financial difficulty, a budget is a handy tool to help you get out of that
situation. If you have a debt problem, then you need a budgeting solution.
While it is essential to draw budgets, drawing a sufficient budget is even more
Here are 10 Tips that are sure to be highly useful for
beginners in this budgeting game
• Just start!
Whether it’s a pen and a piece of paper or using a
spreadsheet that works better for you—get on it for a start. There are
software’s that could be of help too. The most important thing is not to merely
think of it, but to begin to act.
• Don’t beat
yourself up because you have to do a revision
Who says having to do a budget revision is a bad thing? As your business grows and costs change, it is excellent to do a budget revision, especially if the whole budget game is new to you.
• Start with the
smooth and specific plans and prices
Start with the income you’re sure to receive, expenses with
fixed rates and the likes of them. Starting like this makes it very easy to
draw the budget, so you don’t get discouraged on your first attempt.
• As a business owner, your salary should be budgeted for as well
If you want your budget to be adequate, then every single amount you plan to spend must be documented. This includes your salary, even as a business owner. Never take the entire profit as your salary. It disturbs cash flow within your business over time.
• Remember to budget for manpower
If you are looking to spread the reach of your business or
getting more resources to scale up your business, never leave out manpower. As
your plans get bigger, you would need more hands, and they need to be budgeted
• Make some serious projection into the future
It is vital that you take out time to live out the future
you want for your business in your imagination. By doing this, it would be easy
for your budget to cover up almost all the costs of your future projection.
• Write notes
As you add more figures to the budget, write notes that can
be attached to it. This would help any other person looking at the budget in
the nearest future to understand why specific changes had to be made. Examples
of such notes could be something on the difference in the cost of a particular
• Miscellaneous is a must
Unexpected legitimate expenses are a must. It is always
better to include them in your budget and as an unwritten rule; a 30% margin is
safe for unexpected costs. It will save you from the search for emergency
• Employ an Accountant or a Bookkeeper
Budgeting is so important such that even if you are
short-staffed, you must have an accountant or a bookkeeper at your disposal.
Remember, cash flow determines if your business will thrive or pack up.
• Embrace the Process
Budgeting is a part of your business. Embrace it for what it is and bring yourself to love the process. The earlier you get used to the process, the better for you and your business.