5 Ways to Manage Your Business on a Budget by wuestenigel If you are a new small business owner or you’ve owned your business for a while and are expanding into a new area of business management, you may be struggling with budget. Budgeting and bookkeeping is not the strong suit of every business owner, so you are not alone. There are a few things to keep in mind as you manage your business that will keep your cash flow strong and your business afloat. 1) Budget for the year. This may not be a simple process, but be sure you are planning your budget for the year. Think about the changes that will happen to your business whether it’s how you operate or how you will target your customers. Keep this in mind as well as how much revenue you are expecting to bring in the next year. This will likely not be a one time process. You will probably have to take a look at your budget again every quarter or even monthly as new opportunities come in. Plan now for the upcoming year and you will be glad you started out on the right foot. 2) Cut costs and save for emergencies. In the instances you lose a major client or need to replace an in office item that’s very expensive, you need to have a reserve fund for these instances. Like in your own personal life, an emergency fund can save the day and keep you from a financial set back. 3) Review your vendors. You may end up saving money by taking a look at your vendors. See where you can consolidate. Also, look locally. Sometimes small business can come in together with a specific vendor and find themselves with a better deal. Not to mention, go back to your vendors and ask for discounts. 4) Factoring receivables. If this term is a bit unclear to you, basically what it means that while you are waiting for a customer to send you payment for an invoice, you are selling your invoice to get that money now. This is more of a get cash quickly scenario and won’t leave you in a lot of debt resulted from borrowing money. 5) Be frugal. If you are seeking ways to manage your business on a minimal budget, don’t spend money in areas that aren’t generating revenue. While it may be tempted to test out that new method of marketing your business, if you aren’t currently generating necessary revenue, it may not work to the advantage of your bottom line to try i t.