Episode 5 of the Coder's Block podcast out now

If you’re preparing to establish a startup or you’re in the early stages of getting a business up and running, you’ve probably read several articles that highlight the pitfalls of going into business. It’s well-documented that most new ventures fold, but there are plenty that succeed. One of the main causes of failure is a lack of cash flow. If you’re keen to avoid this obstacle, here are some suggestions to help you stay above water.

Keep a close eye on your finances from day one

As a business owner, you need to keep a close eye on your finances from the moment you start creating a business plan. It’s essential to ensure that the company is financed properly and to make sure you have strategies in place to keep money coming in. Most businesses start life in the red, but this is not a situation in which you want to find yourself for long. Think about how you can bring money in from the outset and ensure that somebody is looking at the books. If you don’t want to take charge of the accounts, hire an individual or work with an accounting firm to record payments, monitor income and outgoings and highlight any potential warning signs.

Calculate the risks

There are risks involved in any business venture. Even if you’ve have the most ingenious idea of the century, there’s no guarantee that your business model will work in the real world. The key to success is taking calculated risks. Make sure that you are aware of the financial risks involved and use programs like vCIO software to see forecasts, reports and summaries that will help you make changes to the way you work and see what kinds of risks you’ll face in the coming months. If you can plan and prepare in advance, you can find solutions to issues before they become a problem and set you back. It’s also wise to think carefully about when you invest more money in a bid to expand the company. Every entrepreneur wants their business to grow, but if you get the timing wrong, this could end in disaster.

Up your budgeting game

Every business should work to a budget. If you don’t know how much you have available to spend on stock, wages, supplies, equipment or services, there’s a high risk of overspending. If you’ve got a watertight budget in place, you can control spending, prioritize essential expenses and prevent your cash flow from running dry. It’s particularly important to budget if your business is seasonal or you tend to experience peaks and troughs throughout the year. If your income dips, budgeting will ensure that you stay on an even keel.

If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, you’re probably aware of the dangers of cash flow issues. To stay above water, you need to ensure that you’ve got enough money coming in to cover your outgoings. If there’s a deficit, this can be very dangerous for a new business. Plan ahead, keep a handle on your finances and make use of software that is designed to help you determine risks and act accordingly. Stick to a budget and always ensure that you take calculated risks rather than a leap of faith.

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