Financial basics for your business

Financial literacy is important for everyone but it’s essential if you’re in business.

Most businesses fail due to lack of cash, not profits

One definition of financial literacy is “The ability to make informed judgements and decisions regarding the use and management of money”.

For business, it is understanding where your money is coming from and where it is going. It’s also knowing how to use this information to make informed decisions, resulting in better outcomes. 

So, it’s crucial you understand your cash flow and keep an eye on it every day.

Our purpose at Xero is to help make life better for people in business. So I want to highlight three tips for new business owners.

Bank reconciliation

A bank reconciliation ensures all your bank transactions are recorded and categorised in your business’ accounting system. 

If performed daily, or at least weekly, you’ll have an accurate and timely view of your cash position. It also tells you how your money is being earned and spent. 

You can quickly gauge whether you can afford to pay your bills and employees. You can also produce financial reports to see what products and services are most profitable as well as what expenses need to be reigned in.

Budgeting

Set yourself financial goals for the business and write them down. Once you understand the ins and outs of your business, you can use this as a basis to build your budget. 

You can compare your actuals with your budget to help stay on track, and also make adjustments if your circumstances changeFor example, you could shop around at different suppliers to see who has deals or offer discounts to cut down on costs.

It’s a useful tool to keep your business moving forward and help with making informed decisions. – Read more

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