The idea of starting a business scares a lot of people. Starting a business alone is even more difficult. You won’t be able to hire a team in the beginning. That’s why you should start building a list of trustworthy professionals to help you when you need them. These include accountants, bloggers to promote your business, website developers, software engineers, and lawyers. Suppose you’re running an online business, but your laptop doesn’t seem to be running at optimal levels. You can run a quick diagnostics test to see what’s wrong. Better yet, you can bring it to your area’s local computer technicians to help you with hardware or software issues.
Then comes an even bigger beast—managing your finances. Businesses hire accountants to do this for them. Still, you probably won’t be able to afford them initially.
That’s why you must create some ground rules for yourself to live by while your business navigates the waters. With that in mind, here are five financial tips that you must follow for smooth sailing:
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1. Don’t Spend Money Early on in the Business
When a person with an employee mindset starts a business, he goes and buys an office, hires staff, and calls himself the CEO because that’s how he thinks a company works. The tragedy is, he has earned nothing from his business yet, and he goes on spending it.
Businesses don’t work like this. You must first earn money, save a portion of it, and then use it for business development and personal use. Don’t spend before you’ve made a single dollar.
Now that you’ve learned about not spending money early on, you must understand what areas you should be investing. There are two kinds of entrepreneurs that don’t make that much money:
- Spends too much early on
- Doesn’t spend anything on the important stuff
You don’t want to be either.
2. Legal Fees
Legal fees are something worth spending money on. You want efficient lawyers who work for you passionately to save you from any harm. When you’re just starting, you can whip up a basic contract (there are plenty of those available online).
But as your business and clientele grow, you need to seek legal consultation. You must have counsel that has a good reputation.
- You don’t make any decision to backfire due to legal obligations.
- You don’t want someone to steal your business.
- You don’t want someone to take over the rights to your assets (even virtual) and ideas.
3. Avoid Frivolous Stuff
As in life, don’t spend unnecessary things just for the sake of showing off. There are some things that are there for validation. Your new Rolex watch, the Louis Vitton bag, Gucci shoes, or fancy jewelry hold no value. You’re building liabilities for the sake of pleasure that comes from the validation of others.
There’s nothing wrong with buying things that make you happy, but you should be a little mindful of them. For instance, while shopping for a dress, think about where else you can wear it. If it showcases purpose, then go ahead and buy it. The point is, don’t spend on things that can benefit you only once.
4. Paying Yourself
So when should you start paying yourself? This is an interesting conversation. Those who haven’t started their business yet must be thinking about why they need to pay themselves when they own the company. It doesn’t work like that.
Businesses come with multiple expenses. You can’t spend the money on yourself while ignoring your business needs. Give yourself a monthly allowance rather than a salary when you’re starting. Try to save as much as you can for your business.
You should start paying yourself a salary when your business starts making a certain amount of money consistently. That’s when you can cut yourself a slack. Keep your business and personal account separate to pay yourself on your account. This works well as you don’t touch the money of your business account for personal use.
5. Don’t Quit Your Job Just Yet
Yes, you’re starting a business and you’re positive about it. But don’t quit your job just yet. There are tons of factors that influence a business, and you can’t control them all. Moreover, your salary can provide the necessary capital that you need to run your business. If things go downwards, you’ll have something to lean on.
These are five tips you must remember if you’re shifting from job to business. These will help you save money as well as multiply it. Following these by heart will lead to financial independence much sooner than you’d think. Abide by all the rules, and you can save yourself from loss.