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Creating Your Business Budget

Budgeting is a massive factor for every business and creating a successful business budget must always be done. There are several steps you can take to create an effective budget and limit your business spending.
Roger Hatherall & Co can work with all businesses in Bath to create a successful business budget and ensure you create a fantastic profit.

Record Your Income

Your first budget will not always be perfect and to create a successful business budget, it may take several months before it is correct. To ensure your income is outweighing your expenditure, you must record your revenue. Whether you choose to do this over a couple of weeks or work out an average after several months, this will help you determine your final budget.

Once your regular or average income has been recorded, your budget can be adjusted in proportion to this income. You want to limit spend for a healthy profit whilst still maintaining a budget that allows you to pay for staff and resources. Already having a good estimate of your revenue will make this much simpler.

Determine Current Costs

It may seem like the simplest task when creating a budget, but you shouldn t overlook a single cost when creating your budget. Fixed costs are the easiest costs to include as you know this will never fluctuate. Whilst you can t account for all your variable costs over the course of a month, you can make a strong estimate.

With bookkeeping, you will have a good idea of the business costs over the past few months, which can then be used in creating your future budget. Identifying which costs are likely to occur again and which costs will not, makes your budget more accurate. You can also predict any one-time spends that may occur and if this falls through, it leaves you with extra space within the budget.

Many of your costs can be planned well in advance, meaning you should be prepared for any bills and costs that come your way.

Factor In Slack

Whilst your budget should significantly limit your spending, you can never totally prepare for what costs may occur throughout the month. You should always factor in some slack just in case a large, unexpected costs lands at your business doorstep.

By giving your budget that little bit extra manoeuvring, it means you are unlikely to actually outspend your budget. Outspending your budget is the worst decision to make, meaning the budget is completely irrelevant and you could get into a bad habit. It is much simpler to slightly expand your budget over a month, whilst still limiting your business costs.

Try Cutting Costs

The point of most budgets is to help your business cut costs and prevent you from wasting money on items and resources that you really don t need. Although your business should create a budget that allows you to spend money and cover any current costs you have, you need to identify where your business needs to spend less money.

Throughout the year, there are always needless costs that can be prevented. This is one of the best benefits of creating a budget and once you find the items and resources that you don t need within each section of your business, your budget can become tighter and tighter. This doesnt mean you have no room for additional costs such as staff events but minor and unnecessary costs can be avoided as you aim to stay within the budget.