Cash is the lifeblood of a business. No business owner wants to see their business struggling because of lack of funds or in debt due to mismanaged finances. What they want to see is a regular flow of profit but this is easier said than done.
With many years of experience as chartered accountants and business experts, we've seen many financial mistakes that business owners make. Here are some of the most common mistakes and how to avoid them:
Not having a business plan including clear financial goals
Business planning is very important. If you want to be successful in your business, you need a roadmap. It is also important to set clear goals and targets. In particular, you need to have financial goals that will help you measure how well your business is doing. Furthermore, your financial goal should be clear and realistic. Goals should be phased – weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly. You also need to involve your whole organization in your business strategy. Give your team goals to aim for.
With these plans and goals in place, you will have a clear view of how your business is performing which will eventually help you make important financial and growth-management decisions.
Not keeping proper financial records
This is one of the most common mistakes of business owners and also the most crucial. Most business owners are so busy focusing on managing their business that they neglect the importance of financial record keeping. If you don't have time to update your financial records, hire an expert to do it for you, such as a Chartered Accountant. They can set you up with proper systems and help process your transactions accurately.
Combining business capital and personal finances
Some business owners, especially those who are struggling with their business capital or finances tend to merge their personal savings with the business. Business owners should avoid doing this, as it will only make it more difficult to track how much money the business is making. Also, it complicates IRD and tax obligations.
Starting too big
Starting a business can be overwhelming. You put everything in that you have before you actually start. You may rent an office or other space and hire employees thinking about the future. You want to start big. But you have to understand that starting big doesn't necessarily ensure your future success. It may put undue pressure on you and your business. The best thing to do is to start small and once your business becomes financially stable, you may then consider expanding. Make sure that your expansion can be justified by your profits.
Not having an expert to assist you with your finances
Accounting, bookkeeping and tax compliance – these are just some of the financial responsibilities that you need to take care of when you start a business. These are critical and timely business processes. But some business owners are so busy managing their business that they often neglect these. You don't have to stress yourself in thinking and doing everything. You can hire experts to do it for you.
Some business owners are hesitant to hire experts to do these things for them and only realize they need help when it is too late. So hire a trusted Chartered Accountant to help you with your finances so you can focus on your business, as well as having more time to relax.
These are just some of the common financial mistakes that business owners make. Make sure to avoid these financial horrors to ensure the success of your venture.