Finance Tips for Small Business

Finance Tips for Small Business

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2017-05-22

Starting your own business can be a huge challenge and a stressful endeavor. There is no end to the many financial, legal, staffing, marketing, and customer issues that will come up as you launch your business. 

There is also a lot of conflicting advice out there for the aspiring entrepreneur. But small business is the driving force of the U.S. economy. In 2010, there were 27.9 million small businesses, and only 18,500 firms with 500 employees or more. 

The following tips should help you navigate the journey of self-employment:

Monitor Your Finances

Reduce your debt, scrutinize your spending habits, and stay on top of your budget. Your income and expenses need to stay balanced to maintain a growing venture. Invest wisely, save your profits, and keep your overheads as low as possible. Learn to live on a frugal budget until your hard work pays off, and you start to see bigger revenue streaming in to the company. 

Human Resources

Hiring the wrong people is one of the biggest mistakes made by entrepreneurs. Employees and partners, collaborators, etc. need to fit into the company culture you are trying to build. 

They need to be hard-working and flexible, as employees in startups often have to function in multiple roles‎. 

Don’t just hire someone because they’re a friend, or because you seem to like them, or worse  they seem to like you! You must do thorough reference checks on them. And make sure your offer letter says they are “at will” employees and can be terminated at any time. Don’t forget the old quote, “hire slowly, fire quickly.”

Never rush into hiring a prospective candidate. Use diligence, not desperation. 

Network

Your contacts are a web of potential prosperity. Keep growing your list of people. Networking can land you a new investor, a great employee, a new customer, or a great mentor. Attend industry and startup events. 

Social Media

LinkedIn can be a powerful tool to help you network, so make sure both you and your company have profiles on LinkedIn and that you are constantly adding new connections. When someone does a Google search on you, your LinkedIn profile will usually show up at the top of the search results, so be sure you’re making a good first impression.

Service

No matter what else you are known for, be absolutely certain that no one could ever say anything bad about your services. Focus your efforts on providing top quality service that satisfies the needs of your customers, and then some. You will want your early customers to be ambassadors for you, spreading the good word about your company, singing your praises, and possibly providing many referrals. Thank your customers personally. Go the extra mile. It will pay off. 

Get Your Business in Order

You need a savvy business lawyer for your company, one who has regularly formed and advised many other entrepreneurs and who specializes in startups. An experienced startup lawyer can help you:

- Incorporate

- Draw up contracts with any co-founders

- Prepare key agreements for the business

- Set up a stock option plan for employees

 

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