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Managing Small Business Finances

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11 Dec. 2020. Managing your finances is something that can be a big challenge as a business owner. When you have a small team, it can be hard to be doing everything all at once. Unless you have an accounting or finance background, then it could be something that you struggle with. If this is the case, you can fall into some lazy habits with your accounting and business finances, which could be detrimental to your finances down the line.

One of the most important steps for any business owner is to be able to educate themselves on business finance. It can help you to stay on top of what is coming in and going out, helping your cash flow. You will also understand areas of the business where you are spending too much, and what needs to be cut down, for example. So with that in mind, here are some of the things the small business owners should do to be able to stay on top of their finances.

Monitor your books

This is something that is obvious, but is one that can still get overlooked by some. It is of paramount importance. Make sure that there is some time set aside each month or each week to review and check your books. You could be using bookkeeping on, but even so, knowing where you are at is important. This will help you to get to grips with the ins and outs of the business, and will make sure that things are kept above board and not overspending.

Good financial habits

Setting up some good habits for your business around finances will help you to keep things together and out of trouble. Even if you just block some time out to go through bank statements or to check invoices, it can make a difference. It will make sure that the financial health of the business is good, and will help to reduce any risks of fraud.

Have a good billing strategy

So many small businesses struggle with their cash flow, and this can be a big problem that can lead to businesses no longer working. When invoices are paid late then it can cause some big knock on effects. So you need to think about the kind of billing strategy that will be for your business. Do you reduce the time it takes to pay, or bill half of clients at the end of the month, and half of clients in the middle of the month? If there is a particular client that is always late with payments, then it is a good idea to start thinking about some creative ways that will encourage them to pay in a more timely manner.

Focus on expenditures

Thinking about expenditures of the business, as well as the return on investment will help to give you a good idea of what is going to work well, and what is not going to be worth carrying on with. All small business owners need to be wary of how much they are spending, as well as where they spend their money.

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