In business, getting going can often be the hardest part. On average, over 20% of startups go bust during their first year. That’s why keeping on top of your money is so important. Businesses that look after their finances are much more likely to survive. Here are five important things to consider when managing your money as a startup.
1 – Take a paycheck
Don’t front all the cash yourself. Before starting up, talk to your potential co-founders about how you will work out who puts in what. You may not have money, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be paid for your time, especially if you are taking a lower salary to save money for the business. Make sure everyone has an interest in the venture and doesn’t just work for free.
2 – Understand your overheads
The most common mistake when it comes to working on a budget is leaving out overheads. When planning your expenses, be realistic. Things will go wrong – computers will break down, there’ll be unavoidable decorating bills, and staff costs can spiral out of control if you aren’t careful.
3 – Monitor your performance
Once you’ve started up, there are going to be times when your finances seem like a constant struggle. Every month should have its own spreadsheet so that you can keep an eye on where the money is being spent. If things go wrong, it will be clear why. This way, you should be able to fix any problems and stay ahead of the curve.
4 – Keep on top of invoicing
It’s all very well having a good financial structure, but it won’t do you any good if you can’t get your money in on time. Get in the habit of being on top of your accounting from the very beginning rather than waiting until it’s too late. Here are a few important things to consider when invoicing:
- Working with an ISO vs. Third-Party Payment Processing Company – there are pros and cons to both approaches, so make sure you do your research to learn the differences before choosing which option works best for you.
- Invoice numbering – different companies have different ways of tracking order numbers and invoices. Remember to brush up on these before you start trading.
- Paper or digital – a lot of customers still prefer a printed copy. However, paper costs more and is less environmentally friendly. It’s best to find the right balance before opening your business.
5 – Invest
You do need to make money, but don’t forget that this is not the only goal. A good business will run itself smoothly. If you can reinvest profits back into the business, you can grow much faster than if you just let the money sit there. Even though it might seem scary at first, try not to focus too much on the present and think about what you’ll be able to achieve in the future if you invest wisely.
If you follow these steps, managing your money should be easy, and your startup should go from strength to strength.
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