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Preparing for the New Year: Small Business Financial Planning


The new year is fast approaching and it’s time to make sure you are setting your business up for success! Creating a solid financial plan is the only way to make sure your business is achieving your goals. You have to be able to anticipate both your income and expenditures so you can forecast properly and take advantage of any opportunity to reinvest into the growth of your business. 

When it comes to financial planning, there is no better time to start, than the present. 2020 is fast approaching, and you want to be able to grab the bull by the horns. So what if you are new at this? If you have never created a financial plan for your business, we are here to help you because, well, that’s our business! Here are 8 of our favorite steps to creating a financial plan.

  1. Marketing Costs

Convert marketing strategies into expenditures. Strategies depict the course of action you want to take. A strategy might be to advertise in local newspapers or sponsor charity events to increase customer awareness. Do a cost estimate for each strategy.

  1. Revenue Flow

Create a revenue model. Determine the assumptions you want to use for key variables such as unit sales, number of customers, and prices for your products or services. Calculate month-by-month revenue projections using the assumptions. Build formulas into the spreadsheet that allow you to change the variables, doing “what-if scenarios” until the revenue forecast reflects what you believe is realistically attainable.

  1. Goods Sold

Forecast costs of goods sold. Use your historical cost of goods sold percentage as a guide and modify it based on any changes you anticipate in the cost of materials, finished goods, or production costs.

  1. Administrative Expense

Forecast general and administrative expense. Project your expected facilities costs, such as rent, utilities, insurance, or recurring legal expenses. Again use prior year numbers as guide but make sure you allow for increases that typically occur.

  1. Personnel Expense

Prepare a personnel expense forecast. Include additions to personnel that will be needed to carry out the strategies you devised for the upcoming year. A strategy of improving response time to customer inquiries could require adding customer service personnel, which would raise the amount forecast.

  1. Business Upgrades

Forecast business upgrades. Be sure to estimate the costs of any improvements you want to make to the business. Investing in your business upgrades – anything from equipment purchases to facilities expansion to extra marketing costs – is the only way to grow. We are available to help your business get the funding you need to invest in your upgrades, so don’t hesitate to call!

  1. Review the Plan

Review and finalize the financial plan. Look at the month-by-month projected results. If cash balances appear low for certain months, shift discretionary expenditures like advertising out of those months and into months where revenues are higher.

  1. Extra Holiday Budgets

With all the preparation, you have to factor in the budget. Why? Because you have to spend money to make money, and the Holiday Season is all about utilizing the increase to your best interest. Marketing pushes, extra inventory, extra staffing, emergency funding – it’s all part of an effective Holiday strategy. Apply with us today to see what type of cushion we can provide for the holidays!

Tip

Preparing the financial plan gives you the opportunity to review all expenditures you made last year and determine if there are any potential savings that could be achieved through greater operational efficiency or switching to lower cost suppliers.

Warning

Be sure to review actual financial results each month against the numbers in the forecast. This analysis will give you vital information about changes you could consider making such as cutting costs if revenues are substantially below forecast.

Looking to Start a Business?

With the opportunities for small businesses booming, why wait another moment. What else is keeping you down? Financial restraints have been a complaint for many of the dreamers, limiting themselves to their immediate funds. There is an alternative. If you have the dreams and decent credit, Small Business Loans and No Doc Loans are available to you. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need and the resources available to make your dream a reality. Give us a call – we have the education and the perspective to help you obtain the loans you need for your small business. Visit our website or give us a call to find out what financial backing is available to make your business soar!

Unsecured Finances has over 10 years in the consulting business! We specialized in educating and assisting clients on acquiring Unsecured Business Loans and Start-Up Business Specialty Loans including; Unsecured No Documentation (No-Doc Stated Income) Loans, Unsecured Business Loans, and Unsecured Start-Up Business Loans and Lines of Credit from $10,000 to $500,000 without Assets.

Apply on our website to find out if you qualify, or call today for a free consultation: 1-888-294-2584

Preparing Your Business for the New Year; Business Strategies

Strategizing is basically brainstorming and structuring a plan to achieve a goal. Any successful business starts with a plan, a concept – a strategy. With any new or continuing effort, you will create a strategy. It’s a roadmap to success. When you are building a new business, it is absolutely vital to create a solid strategy for your initial business plan. But, strategy doesn’t stop there – you will go on to structure plans in various areas of your business, implement them, review them and then write a new strategy. So if this idea is new to you, let us explain a few of main types of strategies you will need to become familiar with when running a business. 

Business Strategy

How are you going to run your business overall? What is the big picture? Yeah, you know that you want to be successful and make lots of money, but how are you going to get there? Have you ever created a business plan or business strategy before? To many new business owners, this is a totally new concept. If you are one of the newbies learning all about the best ways to create a solid business strategy, head on over to our friends at Business Case Studies and see different formats of successful strategies that have been used by the best in the business. What better way to learn than to see what has worked for those before you? One thing is for sure, however you decide to learn about strategy, it is important to create one. Without a plan, your business is doomed to wander aimlessly through the competitive landscape, unprepared for battle. 

Financial Strategy

Okay so next step, you’ve got a plan to make that money – great! But with great power comes great responsibility, right? Before you start making your profit, and before you even spend your first cent on your business, you need to have a financial structure in place. What are your costs? What are your projected sales? Will you need financing? How does that cost factor in and why? While these are all the basic questions that your plan will address, you still have to know how to build effectively around them. As a business, you need to be able to anticipate your needs, as well as potential obstacles. What happens if all your new equipment breaks? What if your initial product or service is flawed? What if you need a bigger team than expected? While there are endless amounts of potential issues, what you need to worry about addressing and planning for are the issues that are most likely to arise in your industry. This is where doing your research is absolutely necessary. Need help developing a dynamic financial strategy for the new year? Check out the article from BDC about 6 Steps to Create Your Company’s Financial Plan.  

Marketing Strategy

Once you have your business plan and financial structure in place, the next important step is to focus on investing in your marketing. Too many new businesses skimp on this part of the puzzle, because they either don’t have the money to implement a marketing strategy, or they don’t deem it necessary. Marketing is one of the most important factors in growing your business – what good is it if you have an amazing product or service but no one knows about it? Some new business owners just don’t understand what marketing is. They may think it’s just posting on social media, or putting those annoying coupon flyers onto car windshields. On the contrary, it is so much more – it is anything you do to get the word out about your business. It could be as simple as having a conversation at a coffee shop about what you do. 

Marketing Companies and Specialists are there to help you if this is not an area you excel in, but however you do it, it needs to be done and it needs to be created with a purpose. Just like your business and financial strategy, your marketing strategy starts with an initial concept and then evolves over time to fine tune based on the data you gather. Trust us, you don’t want to skip out on this part. If you need the funding to invest in your marketing, we have solutions for you just give us a call. 

Looking to Start a Business?

With the opportunities for small businesses booming, why wait another moment. What else is keeping you down? Financial restraints have been a complaint for many of the dreamers, limiting themselves to their immediate funds. There is an alternative. If you have the dreams and decent credit, Small Business Loans and No Doc Loans are available to you. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need and the resources available to make your dream a reality. Give us a call – we have the education and the perspective to help you obtain the loans you need for your small business. Visit our website or give us a call to find out what financial backing is available to make your business soar!

Unsecured Finances has over 10 years in the consulting business! We specialized in educating and assisting clients on acquiring Unsecured Business Loans and Start-Up Business Specialty Loans including; Unsecured No Documentation (No-Doc Stated Income) Loans, Unsecured Business Loans, and Unsecured Start-Up Business Loans and Lines of Credit from $10,000 to $500,000 without Assets.

Apply on our website to find out if you qualify, or call today for a free consultation: 1-888-294-2584