Tue 6 Nov 2007
Many small business owners believe that it's the job of their accounting department alone to take care of the financial management and budgeting needs of the company. While it's true that the accounting department is responsible for cash management, payroll, collection of payments from customers, and other similar tasks, financial management is something that even managers of the company are responsible for.
Financial management is not complex - and a bit of planning can make the whole process very easy.
Set a Budget
As a small business owner, determining sales volumes, taking care of staffing needs and investing in new software and equipment are part of your responsibility.
You can streamline these expenses by setting a budget. By doing this, you will make a significant contribution to your company's savings.
Know Your Figures
To plan a budget that is sustainable, you should take into account all the areas that are required to keep your business running smoothly. These factors include employee turnover, sales growth and price of materials, in addition to fixed costs.
You can't have a viable budget without knowing how much you need to run the business on a monthly basis, so make sure these figures are accurate.
Consult Your Accountant
Let the accountant of your company also be your financial advisor, as he or she is the person who has a good grasp of your business' revenues and costs and the factors that influence them.
Having an accountant by your side can be of immense help to identify the financial risks involved in operating your small business.
Count On Your Team
Effective financial management largely depends on a team effort, so make sure your team knows the budget planned for that year and its objectives.
You need to take accountability once you plan a budget and focus your energies on the desired outcome instead of worrying over things that are beyond your control.
It is very easy to give up when things don't go as planned — however, as a small business owner, you need to ensure that you motivate your team to give their best to realize your business' financial goals.