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Small business budgeting tips

Budgeting in relation to your small business can make the difference between business success or business failure. A budget helps you keep a better eye on your expenditures and hence your profit and loss can be more accurately measured. Reflect on the budgeting tips below.

Plan
Planning can save you an abundance of money. Much of the money small businesses spend comes down to a simple lack of planning. Create an emergency fund payment plan, create a plan for the amount of money you want to save each month, implement a profit/loss management system. If you have a sound plan, you can better articulate where you are spending money rather than having none and not understanding why.

Review
One of the quickest ways to reduce costs and implement a solid budget is to review existing expenditures. Revisit outgoing costs you make and research if you are getting the best deal; you may even be able to negotiate a lower fee if you have been a loyal customer or subscriber of specific services. You should be reviewing regularly. Consider your greatest business expense each week, month or year and brainstorm with your team ways to reduce this cost. Remember, any reduction is going to save you money.

Employ a great team
A team of people working for you that value your business and your vision have the potential to save you money. People who are passionate about coming to work every day are going to save you money in productivity costs. They are also more likely to come up with creative strategies to get the most value for your dollar in relation to business expenditure.

Attitude
If you want to budget and save money in order to make money, the ‘every cent counts’ attitude rings true. $5 here and $20 there all add up; there should be no loose change when it comes to your business. This may be easier said than done, particularly if you are someone who often spends frivolously e.g. buying your lunch each day instead of making it or buying bottled water each day instead of pouring a glass from the tap.


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