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How to Manage Your Business' Finances

Dec 17, 2007
Financing your business is one of the most important things you will need to do. Many new businesses fail because of poor financial management. It is critical to your business that you have a sound budget plan and keep good accounting records. When you accept payments online, it is also important to keep at least 2 payment processor options open for your customers and clients.

The first thing you will need to do for your business is to establish a sound financial budget. Open a special bank account that you will reserve for your business only. Try to keep your business transactions and household accounts completely separate. Do not borrow from one to another, no matter how tough the going gets. One of the biggest mistakes is to mix business with household finances.

Set up an accounting system, where you will keep monthly or even weekly records, this can be on excel or you can use a program like Quicken. Quicken works with online banking so you will have to set up your bank account online. Having a program like this will simplify your transactions and keep your bookkeeping straight. It is most important to keep good records to keep your business running smoothly.

Accepting credit cards and payments online is also an important part of your business, unless you are working exclusively with affiliate programs. Try to set up at least 2 payment processors on your website. Paypal is free and easy to set up, but is not always popular and does not accept some countries. You can also have a back up system with 2Checkout, ClickBank or another processor of your choice. Research these processors carefully and be sure you are not paying excessive fees.

Sometimes you may need to take out an initial loan for your business. You can discuss this with your bank or use some resources online. The Small Business Administration's website gives many good resources for financing your enterprise. When taking out a loan remember to do your research first and read the fine print carefully before signing anything.

Always keep in mind that a new business rarely shows any profit within the first 3 months and you should take this fact into consideration when planning your monthly budget. Decide how much you can really afford to invest in your business each month. Do not starve your business but at the same time try not to overspend. Start small and work your way up.

When you pay attention to your business finances you will be able to run your business efficiently and not have to close due to lack of money. The golden rule is to never let your business run out of money.
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