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Financial Planning – Key to a Healthy Business

Being a business owner is tough. It comes with a lot of responsibility and perpetual challenges. If you have taken the leap of faith to become your own boss, there are a few important things you need to know when it comes to ensuring the financial success of your new venture and it all starts with the right financial plan.

Financial planning for your business looks quite different from your personal financial planning, but it’s just as important as it helps you better understand the current financial position of your company. Both personal and business financial plans are indispensable for your own and your business’ financial health.

Failure to plan is a plan for failure!

When preparing your financial plan, consider the following:

  1. Keep your personal and business finances separate
    Your personal and business transactions must always be separate. This will simplify your business finances and help you understand the cash flow of your business. Accomplish this by opening a separate bank account(s) for your business. Process all business-related incomes and expenses through the new bank account(s).
  1. Cash Flow
    Any successful business needs healthy cash flow to ensure payments for the things that keep the business running like human resource, operating costs etc.  It is critical to ensure there is more money coming in than what’s going out. Analyzing transactions with an expert helps you understand your business’ cash flow situation and how you can make the most of it.
  1. Prioritize expenditures
    Determine which expenditures are vital for your organization to operate effectively and which ones it can live without.
  1. Know your weaknesses
    A wise entrepreneur understands the value of expert insight and advice. You cannot be an expert in every domain of your business. Knowing your own weaknesses is of paramount importance to your organization’s success. If there’s something you’re not an expert at, consult a professional.
  1. Review and update regularly
    As a business owner, your goals, priorities and the market continue to evolve. Your financial plan is a living document. Revisit it every-so-often to make sure that it continues to align with your vision for financial success.

A good business financial plan serves to guide you with cash flow management, long/short-term liquidity situations, economic trend spotting, market fluctuation management and measuring progress.

If financial prosperity is your goal, the highly skilled Business Advisors at Westoba Credit Union are here to help.

Give us a call at 1-877-WESTOBA to book an appointment!

 

Aaron Halbert PFP®, BBA, RIS
Business Advisor

Aaron Halbert

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