What Should Financial Planning for My Business Look Like?

For many new prospective business ventures, the first thing put down on paper, after determining the objectives of the business, is a financial plan. The financial plan specifically quantifies how the new company will reach its goals and objectives from a financial standpoint. A feasible financial plan is crucial to the success of any business, and can often change as a company grows and expands.

As a business owner, it is of the utmost importance to your company’s longevity that you thoroughly understand its financial plan and take the initiative to modify it as the need arises.

What Should Financial Planning for My Business Look Like?


Financial planning should cover a number of different areas and should encompass all aspects of your business. Some of the topics that you should focus on while engaging in financial planning are:

  1. Investigate the market and ensure your objectives are realistic.
  2. Determine what you will need to achieve these goals in terms of resources (these can be employees, raw products, machinery etc.).
  3. Calculate how much of each type of resource you need and how much they will cost.
  4. Develop a budget for your company and verify that projected income is in line with your expected expenses.
  5. Create backup plans for any situations which may arise that will negatively affect your budget (such as less than optimal sales or supplier issues).

It’s important to thoroughly perform each step in the financial planning process as they’re all interdependent upon each other to form a solid financial foundation for your business. If you created a financial plan as part of your original business plan, congratulations – you’re ahead of the curve compared to many other entrepreneurs. In order to stay competitive, however, it is vital that you review the financial planning process as your business develops.

The Importance of Updating Your Company’s Financial Plan

Updating your company’s financial plan is a process which should be done at least once a year. Take a look at the five

 

steps above – all five of them involve forces out of your control. The marketplace your company operates in is dynamic and constantly changing, resources vary in availability and cost, and budgets will change as these other factors move. By relying on your initial financial plan you are hindering your company’s potential growth in the future.

While major changes are not frequently needed, updating your financial plan to reflect the current economic climate is the only way to effectively keep your financial goals in line. Perhaps your employees have become more efficient with experience and therefor your labor budget can be lowered. Maybe the marketplace has become more competitive since you last assessed it and a specific area of your business is less profitable because of that. By regularly engaging in financial planning, you can proactively spot issues and alter your plan to help guarantee your business’ continued success.

Businesses which are well established should evaluate their financial plan yearly in order to remain financially sound and able to stay competitive in the marketplace. For new startups, financial planning should be reviewed every three to six months since during this period, companies are likely to change more quickly as they adapt to practical operations in the market. Operating a business means aiming for growth and prosperity, both of which are difficult to achieve without a good understanding of your organization’s finances, both present and future.

Tracey Fieber helps business owners simplify, automate, and grow their businesses and their lives. She believes in the power of hiring the right people, and helps her clients cultivate highly effective teams that allow them to focus on the work about which they’re passionate. By nurturing business owners’ strengths and holding them accountable for their own success, Tracey’s leadership, communication, and coaching techniques help her clients take massive leaps forward.

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