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7 Ways Of Financing A Small Business
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The Right Way To Reduce Business Costs
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A 5 Day Challenge To Master Your Business Finance
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Why Understanding Finances Is The Secret Ingredient
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7 Financial Measures To Help You Manage Better

7 Ways Of Financing A Small Business

Whether you are starting your small business, or planning to invest to grow an already existing business, you will come to a time when you need to find extra cash.

Here are seven ways you could finance your small business.

But first, we should discuss the good and bad reasons why you are seeking the extra cash to invest in your business.

Good reasons to invest in your business include starting a business with a proven market or product and expanding a profitable business. Starting a business with a totally new idea is riskier, so if you are borrowing money or investing your own savings, you should be aware of the higher risk involved.

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The Right Way To Reduce Business Costs

When I was learning how to be an auditor, one of my early mentors told me: “There’s the wrong way to do the wrong thing, the right way to do the wrong thing, the wrong way to do the right thing, and finally the right way to do the right thing. As an auditor, you’re always looking for the wrong ways as well as the wrong things!”

I had to think about that.

But he was right. You shouldn’t ever do the wrong thing, whatever way you try to do it.

It’s also equally wrong to try to do the right thing in the wrong way.

All this is a long way of saying that when times are tough and we try to cut costs in our business – which is the right thing to do – some of us go about doing it in the wrong way.

Let’s look at how to reduce the costs of running your business, in the right way.

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A 5 Day Challenge To Master Your Business Finance

In 40 years of advising small businesses and helping them grow, I have noted that the most successful small businesses to 6 things really well:

  1. They show and encourage leadership within the business;
  2. They make planning a habitual practice in the business;
  3. They are always marketing;
  4. They ensure that their customer enjoys a fulfilling journey through their business;
  5. They have made their processes and operations efficient; and
  6. They do not neglect to understand their finances.

This week I’m going to talk about finances.

But I’m not going to teach you how to be an accountant!

I’m going to tell you why you cannot neglect the skill of understanding your finances and then set you a challenge that will show you how to cheat your way to mastering your finances!

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Why Understanding Finances Is The Secret Ingredient

I’m going to talk about finances.

Stop!

Don’t delete the email or close the window! You really need to hear this, and I promise it won’t be boring!

OK, jokes aside, unless you are a finance specialist like an accountant or a bit of a numbers nerd, finances usually make a small business owners’ eyes go blank.

That’s understandable because if you are like most small business owners, you started your business as a subject-matter expert. You knew your stuff, that’s why you had the confidence to start your own business. You knew that at worst, you could back yourself on selling what you know. But you’re an intelligent person, so you realised that running your own business wasn’t like working for the man, where all you had to do was show up and do your stuff. That’s why, to your great credit, you end up reading websites or newsletter like this.

You knew you had to find out about business planning, you had to know about marketing, you had to find the sales prospects and work out the best and most efficient way to supply what you supply. You had to hire staff and then manage them.

And, you had to manage the finances.

Like most people who are not finance trained you probably bought software that was hopefully easy to use, and you copied the data at the end of the year and gave it to your accountant. As soon as you could afford it, you hired a bookkeeper and handed the operation of the accounting software to her.

I don’t like to tear you down, but that’s not good enough.

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7 Financial Measures To Help You Manage Better

If your small business is in the growth phase, that means you have survived your startup phase and are on your way, so well done!

The growth phase of a business is characterised by a rapid increase in sales. Customers have become aware of your business and know how your product or service meets their needs. So, they buy more and more, and more of them come to you, at least to try you out further.

However, I have to rain on your parade slightly to tell you that the growth phase of a business can be stressful times.

This is because the characteristics of the growth phase poses a number of challenges.

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