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How to Keep on Top of Your Small Business Finances

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Managing your finances can often feel overwhelming for any business owner. Just because you’re good at what you do in business, doesn’t mean that you will have a lot of experience in handling finances, and this can often be one of the biggest challenges for a small business owner.

Nevertheless, good financial practices can easily be learned. Here are some excellent ways to keep on top of your small business finances.

Invest Wisely

When you’re a small business, every investment you make should be made with the idea of making a return. This means investing in those areas which are going to help to strengthen your business and encourage better business growth. This way, you will see a return on any investment you make by enticing more business – and, therefore, more sales.

Remember to Pay Yourself, Too

A lot of small business runners are those entrepreneurs who have built their own business ideas from the ground up, often using a lot of their personal funds to get their business going. A vast majority of small business owners feel pressured to pool all their money back into the business rather than allowing themselves a salary from the business – but it’s important to pay yourself, too.

You’re running a business to make money for yourself, so it’s essential to count your own salary as part of your business finances.

Search for Dependable Funding Options

Having a good grip on your finances doesn’t mean that you won’t need funding help from time to time, especially as your business progresses. What matters most is that you search and compare funding options so that you can find financial backing which you can rely on. Professional companies like Become make it their mission to find you affordable funding options for your small business, any time.

Have a Strict Payment System for Clients

If there’s no clear system in place for invoicing and payment structure, then clients are more likely to miss payment dates and be significantly late on their overdue payments. After a significant period, this can easily snowball and compromise the finances of your business if you have a lot of payments outstanding.

Implement a clear and strict payment structure as soon as you can, and make sure all clients are aware of it when they place an order or buy a service from you. Also, have a reminder schedule when payments are due to be chased with clients so that you can always keep track.

Decide How Best to Save for Taxes

If a big tax bill when due leaves you feeling a little anxious, think about how your business can better save for its taxes. It may be advisable to consider a certain tax amount as part of your monthly expenses, which you can then save every month into a relevant tax account so that your tax outgoings feel less like large bills when they are due.

To make it easier, set up a standing order for this monthly tax saving to avoid the risk of forgetting.

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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