Fri 7 Dec 2007
When it comes to effective financial management, you need to understand that the task is not solely the responsibility of the accounting department. Each individual department is responsible for their own budget, supplies, and the allocation and appropriate use of company funds. With some basic training and education, this can be accomplished.
The larger your company is, the greater the financial complexities - but the processes and goals still remain the same. Financial management takes careful planning; however, doing so will prove to be beneficial in the long run.
The tips that follow will serve as a guide to help you through the process.
Make Your Budget
Before the start of every year, you will need to dedicate time to outline your financial goals as well as your expected expenses. You will need information from the previous year, when available, to accurately do this. The idea is to not to grossly over or under-estimate your budget. If you have a project that goes way over budget, that overage could severely impact your finances in other areas.
You will want to set realistic goals. See where you can cut unnecessary spending and review your supply list to see if it meets your needs. Financial planning is all about finding the right balance that will meet the overall needs of your small business.
You will achieve that balance by finding what will and won't work - and that comes with practice. If your budget is very large, then you might want to enlist the help of a professional to do this for you.
Prepare For the Future
Forecasting is the use of available data to predict various changes in the market or consumer spending and buying habits. Remember that you are making a prediction - and that things may or may not happen that way.
The idea is to use past information to plan for the future business and financial transactions. As stated before, if you have little expertise in this area, then this complex process is best if left to a trained professional.
Your work is not complete once the budget is made and approved. Your employees will need to work as a team to make your plan a reality. Keep team members abreast of what your plans are so that everyone has the same goal in mind.