Learn the importance of financial management in keeping your business running
When you’re a business owner, managing the finances of your business covers more than just preserving sets of books and balancing your business checking account. Basically, you need to manage your finances so you don’t overspend and so you remain prepared for all expenditures, as well as profit distributions. Your financial management obligations affect all segments of your business. Even a company that sells well but has lousy financial management can plummet.
1. Management of your capital outflows
In business, you purchase assets to create income. All your financial concerns of capital expenditures must balance the amount of income the asset will generate with the amount it will cost. If you manage your capital expenditures well, you will not overstretch your company by borrowing too much for assets that don’t result to enough revenue to justify the expense.
2. Maintaining your operating cash
It’s important to manage your cash flow so you always have enough on hand to pay for rent, utilities, telephone, insurance, payroll and supplies. This means you need to foresee when your accounts receivable are due and compare that to the due dates for your unsettled bills. You can manage your cash flow by reducing the amount of time you give customers to pay and by renegotiating due dates with vendors. If you’re not able to manage cash flow successfully, you may not be able to keep up with your expenses and keep your company operating.
3. Keeping your expenses at a minimum
One of your financial management obligations as a business leader is to keep costs as low as possible. You can negotiate with vendors for lower prices, reduce the number of employees you use, reduce energy use and purchase supplies in bulk. If you do not track and oversee costs, your company will always have to boost sales dramatically to pay mounting expenses.
4. Tax planning
Your financial management responsibilities include planning for taxes. This involves making sure you have cash on hand to pay projected tax payments also timing your procurements of major assets to get the maximum benefit. Failure to plan for taxes and maximise deductions can cause your company to spend more than it has to on taxes.
5. Improving profitability
Your business profitability depends on the effectiveness and proper utilisation of funds. Financial management helps to improve the profitability by implementing strategies such as budgetary control, ratio analysis and cost volume profit analysis.
6. Make the best financial decision for your business
Financial management helps you to make sound financial decisions to keep your business afloat. Financial decisions affect the entire business operation. Any drastic change in terms of allocating money and managing the finances can also dictate the effectiveness of other departments.
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