Finance goals for your business

writingWe’re a couple months into the new year. And, so, you’re probably assessing your personal goals and whether you’re sticking to them.

Just like you’re concerned with your own goals, you should think seriously about setting similar goals for your business. And the goals you set for yourself tend to work just as well for business.

In an article about the importance of creating goals for your business and a business plan, Inc says: “Business owners should not fear setting goals or projections because there is absolutely no downside to doing so. Also, it is important to remember that goal setting doesn’t have to be only about revenue. It could relate to innovation, employee retention, service offerings, or anything that is important to enhancing your business.”

Goals have one resolution – the financial success of your business. And of course you want that. Think about these personal goals and how they can be adapted for your business.

Create a budget

This is the first step in finance, both for yourself and for your business. Without it, you won’t know what’s coming in and what’s going out. It’s important as it can help you set goals and plan your future. After all, if you don’t know what’s coming in, you can’t plan for what’s going to happen. Be sure to set up a monthly check-in with your budget to ensure your spending is in line with your income.

Spend less than you make

The backbone of good personal finance goals: don’t borrow money, especially not to pay your bills. When you do this, you’ll always be behind on your bills and you’ll end up paying a massive amount of interest. Your business should only borrow money for the most important expenses, a bond to keep a roof over your head or a loan with the goal of moving your business forward. A loan should not be used to pay salaries or to provide training to staff. They don’t need to attend report writing courses that badly. That can wait for your business finances to be out of the red.

Keep your costs low

In personal finance, this often speaks to the goal of living in the most affordable home and driving the cheapest possible car. In business, this can apply in many different ways. There’s no need to have offices in the most expensive part of town. There’s no need to have a workspace so large that every staff member has their own personal office. Simplifying these facets of usual office life can result in a major impact on your balance sheet with almost no adverse effects on you or your staff.

Steer clear from unnecessary expenses

There are ways every person and business can avoid extra expenses. One example of this is when paying staff members. There’s no need to pay exorbitant bank fees. Rather than spending time and money every month when paying staff, set up automatic payments. In that way, you’ll be saving time and money. Your staff will always be paid on time, so they’ll be happy. And, depending on the bank your use, you could even earn money on your regular expenses by taking advantage of reward programmes. You have a lot on your mind as a business owner, the admin of paying staff members shouldn’t be one of those things.

Make the most of what you have

For personal finance, this means you’ll need to increase your net worth. It’s fairly simple but the process is hard. You’ll need to pay off all your debts and save consistently until you have enough money to never work again. Unless you want to, of course. Business expenses work in pretty much the same way. Pay off all debts and loans. Do whatever you can until you turn a profit every month so you never worry about covering your expenses. Earn enough money so you can cover your expenses, pay yourself a salary and, eventually, reinvest into your business.

Keep an eye on your bank statements

Without this step, you may miss something important. A missed payment, a double debit. These could all mean big problems for the smooth running of your business down the line. The only way you’ll know something like this has happened is by spotting it yourself.