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Planning your budget: read on to discover how to reduce your expenses

Keeping a hold on the costs of a business is about much more than simple arithmetic. Proper cost control is essential to a company’s growth and for setting it in good stead for the future.

Investing in tight financial controls will enable your business to anticipate problems, dramatically reducing the risk of further complications. Budgetary planning practices can reduce costs across the board of your business.

Would you like to know how to diminish your expenditures through budgetary planning? Make sure you read all of our tips!

 

Cash flow

Cash flow is the first thing you need to get a hold of if you are to adequately control and plan the finances of your company. Cash flow is nothing more than the money which comes in and goes out of your business’ coffers, basically, it’s all of the financial transactions that your company is involved in.

Simple and easy to keep up to date with, it is fundamental for keeping track of your company’s spending, and enables you to differentiate between necessary and unnecessary expenses. It’s a good idea to have a look online for downloadable software to help you get started.

 

Tax

Once you’ve got your cash flow in order, you’ll need to start planning how you are going to settle all your outstanding bills. Don’t fall into the trap of forgetting about taxes, as these are an expense in the same way as any other. However, as they are often an annual occurrence, they can easily be forgotten in the day to day panning of your business.

If you aren’t confident about how much and which taxes your business should be paying, don’t hesitate to speak to your accountant, making sure you are well informed about exactly how much and when you need to pay. In Brazil, the Simples Nacional tax regime is often the best option for reducing the costs of small businesses.

 

Human resources management

For many, cutting costs is virtually a synonym for redundancies, but this is not necessarily the most effective solution. Working on developing your intellectual capital can bring fantastic results for your business.

Simple and effective people management techniques can improve staff productivity, directly increasing production rates. Not to mention that showing how much you value your employees can reduce the amount of accidents at work and improve attendance. One basic measure is to create a clear and open salary plan.

 

Reserve fund: The famous “Contingency” plan

Now that you have finally gotten a firm grip on your finances, the next step is to start working on a reserve fund. The nature of unexpected hiccoughs is that you never know when they are just around the corner. As a way of minimizing the damage caused by such events, it is essential to have a financial safety net.

It is a strategy which can be applied both in one’s personal and professional life. There is nothing more to it than simply putting aside a set amount every month, in a separate account from your current account. It is undoubtedly a cost cutting measure, as without it, you will be exposed to emergency loans, with extortionate interest rates.

 

Budgetary planning

By following these simple steps in the daily budgeting of your company, you will see how easy and reassuring it is to effectively manage your finances. As well as controlling your expenses, and getting a clear idea of where your funds are being depleted, the process will enable you to delegate certain activities, freeing up more time for you to work on what really matters for the evolution of your business. It is important to note that there are lots of online tools for helping your staff to understand the new methodology. There is a huge array of software, which makes it possible to define access levels for specific employees, avoiding the risk of sensitive information falling into the wrong hands.

 

Financial management is a basic element of any successful business. Invest in budgetary planning, plan for the future of your company and improve your market performance. It depends on you, don’t miss out on your opportunity.

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Bianca Lupoli Edwards

Bianca is from Mato Grosso do Sul - Brazil, loves travelling, photography, blues and bossa nova. She always has her finger on the pulse when it comes to economics, finances and she is also fascinated by the world of public relations and criminology science.

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