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Get a Realistic Budget if You Want a Self-Sufficient Business

 

 

It is wonderful to have work that allows you to be self-sufficient, part of that is making a realistic budget.

 

At a minimum, entrepreneurs want their businesses to be self-sufficient. In order to be self-sufficient, a business must be able to work within a budget set by the entrepreneur. When broken down into its simplest terms, a budget is a summary of estimated expenses and income.  One of the first steps an entrepreneur should take when starting a business or when reviewing business activities should be to create a realistic budget.

When you have an accurate budget, you are able to make accurate plans to have a self-sufficient business. When creating a budget for your business, be sure to include all sources of income including:

  • Sales
  • Passive income
  • Residual income
It is also important to include all expenses including:
  • Petty cash
  • Annual bonuses for employees
  • Corporate gifts
  • Coffee and snack supplies for the office

 

Often when preparing a budget, entrepreneurs fill in the major expenses but forget to include small sums that they spend on a regular basis. By failing to include these small sums, over the course of time, the money for these items will be taken out of the business and thus not available for the major items that were included in the budget. As a result, there will be a cash flow shortage. So, when making your budget, be careful to take into account all your income and expense information.

When a business is self-sufficient it is able to provide for itself without the entrepreneur having to continuously supply cash to the business. A self-sufficient business is a mature business that is able to cover all its expenses including the salary the entrepreneur chooses to draw from the business.  If you are running a business that is not able to pay its bills without you bringing in money from an outside source, your business is not self-sufficient. If you have been running a business for an extended period of time and the income the business provides does not cover the business’ expenses what you have is a hobby, not a business.

In conclusion, it is wonderful to have work that allows you to be self-sufficient, part of that is making a realistic budget. So, the question for you this wonderful day is have you prepared a realistic budget for your business?

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  • Budgeting is priority number one for my business. So many people let them selves loose and don't stick to a budget.

  • I don't have a business, but I think these are such helpful tips for business owners. My parents had a business and budgeting sure was important.

  • This is really great! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. It's really important to know more about planning to start your own business.

  • This is really an important topic to discuss when you are planning to start your own business. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • This is important food for thought because I do not keep good accounts of my expenses. I know I am making a profit but am not sure how much so i should tally it up.

    • Yes! You have to keep track and tally it up. If you need help figuring out ways to do it, let me know!

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