Tue 4 Mar 2008
Just getting the time to make a budget is a big achievement if you are running a small business! Sticking to it can seem like a distant dream - but keeping track of your budget is vital if you want your small business to be more efficient and profitable.
Given below are some tips to point you towards keeping your small business budget on the right track.
- Make a proper detailed budget. Ensure that you have a detailed budget with all your expenses in the right categories. This will help you in tracking them in a detailed manner.
- Stick to your budget. Do not make a budget and pin it in some obscure corner of your office where it will be forgotten. Keep it visible so that everyone, including your employees, can see it and contribute towards achieving it.
Split major expenses to stay within your budget. If you are faced with a major expense, then try to split it up into smaller chunks so that you can stay within your budget.
You can also delay any non-priority expenses until the next quarter, when your finances might be in a better state.
Extend your budget to other fields. Make budgets for inventory, office expenses, etc., so that you will not only keep track of where the money is going, but have better control of it.
Make budgeting a way of life, and you will end up saving a substantial amount of time and money.
Making and sticking to a budget can be difficult for small business owners. If you can afford it, hire a professional to do it for you. Doing this will help you in streamlining your business - and in the future, you will attain greater fiscal discipline.