Common Pitfalls to Be Avoided In Small Business Budgeting
By John Karthikeyan
For some business owners, budgeting might seem like an overly hectic task. But when the priorities are clearly established and realistic estimate of the whole business is made, there will not be any hidden demons in the whole budgeting process.
Below listed are some of the common pitfalls that are to be avoided in the process:
Under Estimation of Costs:
Any type of businesses has a set of ancillary or supplementary costs that usually do not make it up to the budget and most often go unnoticed. For instance, when software equipment is purchased, we often take into account only the cost of the equipment and tend to avoid the other associated costs like maintenance, installation and training costs. This in turn will lead to under estimation of the cost.
The major mistake of all budgeting process is going on with the business with no idea of profitability. Checks go out and bills come in. It would become a monotonous process.
Business with no objective:
A concrete business plan is very important before the company incorporation. If there is no proper planning, then the business is more likely to go waste. So goals have to be set with utmost care.
Making the best choice of all expenses:
For a small business, there will be many expenses. One needs to scrutinize all the expenses accordingly and compare the estimates to actual-pay outs. For example, if you have decided to set up a website for your business and the website maintenance costs around $1000 a year. If the similar service is offered by another service provider at $500, time should be taken to scrutinize both individually and decide on the right one that suits the budget.
Cash Flow Monitoring:
For a small business to be successful, the inflow and outflow of the cash has to be monitored. Ignoring the revenues and emphasizing only on the expenses will yield very bad results. In order to avoid to the major disasters, a periodic check on revenue and expenses have to be made and should be recorded.
Focus on most important item:
During budgeting in a small business, equal amount should not be spent on all the items. Instead money should be spent on the profit driving item.
A good business is the one that is more flexible. Sometimes the small business will not yield the expected revenue. During that times the business should be flexible so as to trim down the expenses and bring the budget under control.
Budget: Limiting exercise not limit:
It is well and good to stick to the budget. But it should not be seen as a hindrance to spending. For example, an unplanned trip to a trade conference can be seen as a big expense in budget. But through the trip if you can get precious contacts by which you can expand your business it should rather be seen as a valuable investment than just spending money.
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