Written by Doreen Dilger, The Home Based Business Coach
Most home based business owners understand the value of creating a budget. However, few actually follow through and those that do go through the effort make mistakes. These mistakes cause headaches, stress, and debt. When your budget doesn’t work, it’s way too easy to let it go. Instead of fixing the budget, it’s pushed under the desk and ignored. That’s not great either. The solution is to work to fix budgeting mistakes and create a more effective business budget.
· Give Yourself Some Wiggle Room – One of the biggest mistakes when creating a budget is to not leave any extra room. The budget is pushed to the limits and spend every penny each month. The trouble with this approach is that the budget will be busted on a consistent basis. Overestimate what you need and leave some room for emergencies.
· Review Your Budget – It’s not enough to simply create a budget. Reviewing the budget is an essential part of the budgeting process. Take a look at your budget at least one a month. Look for areas where you overestimated, underestimated and where you can cut costs. Remember, a budget isn’t set in stone. It’s supposed to be an evolving guide to help you stay in control of your business finances.
· Set Goals – Your budget gives you the ability to track and review the data which means you can use it to set goals for your business. For example, you can use it to set cost cutting goals. “I want to cut my marketing costs by 10% while increasing my sales by 10%.” You can use analytics, expense reports, and sales data to evaluate your success.
· Create Good Systems – In addition to finding a budgeting system or software that works for you, also remember that hiring providers, reviewing expenses and assessing your analytics are all part of your systems too. If an excel spreadsheet works better for you than a budgeting software, then use it.
If your contractors are breaking your budget, see if you can negotiate a deal or rework your needs so that you can afford them. There are many small steps you take each day that either support your financial success and an effective budget, or they detract from it. Identify what’s working for you and release what isn’t.
Good budgeting practices lead to a better and stronger business. If you’re not sure how to budget or if you’re budgeting in the most effective manner, get help. You’d hire an expert to help you build your website, if you need help building a budget it’s good business sense to hire a financial pro.
About the Author: Doreen Dilger – Master Motivator, Excuse Eliminator & Goal-get-her. The Home Based Business Coach.