How to Manage Cash Flow in Small Business

Knowing how to manage cash flow in small business is what can make the difference between thriving and going under. It’s a fact that most small businesses fail within the first five years. The most common cause of failure is lack of cash flow. These tips will give you the tools you need to manage your cash flow, setting you up for business success.

How To Manage Cash Flow For Your Business

Prepare For Slumps

No matter what business you are in, there will always be times of plenty and times of famine. One of the biggest mistakes business owners can make is assuming that the good times will keep on rolling and not planning for the worst. When times are good, put a fraction of your business income away for an emergency fund when times are bad. This will provide your business with a safety net that could make all the difference.

Start Small

A common mistake is for business owners to throw everything they have at a new start-up right at the beginning. This all-or-nothing attitude toward business may seem like the best way to completely commit to your business, but in reality, it is sometimes better to take a measured and gradual approach. There is nothing wrong with starting small and allowing your business to grow naturally with low risk.

Make a Budget and Manage Your Money

One of the most important things to master if you want to learn how to manage cash flow is making a budget and sticking to it. Analyse all of your expenses and income and give your business limits so that you don’t overspend. While you’re at it, put systems in place to manage your money. This means paying bills on time, setting up an emergency fund, and paying yourself a reasonable wage.

Track and Adjust

Once you have set up a budget, track your ongoing expenses and income and adjust your budget as necessary. Many business owners make the mistake of not tracking their progress, and by the time they realise they are failing it’s too late to do anything about it. Stay on top of your records so that you can see your highs and lows and learn from them.

Know and Trust Yourself and Your Team

Some business owners are risk takers and some are over-cautious. Know where you sit on this scale and make sure that your team knows what type of business owner you are. Having a solid team behind you that feels comfortable enough to weigh in on big decisions will give you perspective and guidance, preventing avoidable mistakes.

Get Creative

The best piece of advice about how to manage cash flow is to get creative. When times are tough we often cut costs on what we deem ‘unnecessary’. For whatever reason, the first thing people cut always seems to be marketing. Instead of limiting your future clients by cutting marketing, get creative about how you can manage your business for less money.

Learning how to manage cash flow is what could save your business in the long run. By taking all of this advice and applying it to your business, you will put yourself in a strong financial position. This will help you save is the good times so that you can ride out the lean times.

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Angel Henderson Consulting

I'm Ange... proud Canadian, Nutella eating lover and pink is my favorite colour with a splash of glitter. I'm a business consultant/coach who has helped hundreds of business owners get all the pieces in place to have consistent 5-figure months and multiple 6-figure years... without burning out in the process.