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Starting a business and your money

Published: 
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Beyond Payday

For some, becoming an entrepreneur is viewed as the ultimate path to financial freedom. Building a successful company from scratch requires tremendous effort and determination. Arguably, one of the most critical aspects to becoming a successful entrepreneur involves having ones finances in order.

Here are a few tips on how one can go about establishing a business and managing their personal finances successfully at the same time.

Start with a clean slate

Before making the decision to start a business, it’s vital for an individual to assess his financial circumstances to determine whether he or she can bear the risks involved. Usually it’s best to enter the world of entrepreneurship without any personal encumbrances such as heavy debt or other major financial obligations.Starting with a clean slate and healthy personal balance sheet can make the journey with all its challenges a bit more tolerable.

Keep personal and professional funds separate

One of the key areas for the budding entrepreneur to manage involves keeping his personal money separate from his professional funds at all times. Certainly starting a company might involve an investment of ones personal funds, but once set up and running, an entrepreneur should ensure that both are kept separate, and accounted for respectively. Keeping your personal and business resources in their proper places is vital for creating financial order for yourself and your company.

Get help

No one builds a successful business by themselves. Key to being successful in business involves getting the right level of support and guidance in areas that we may have neither the time, interest nor ability to manage on our own. So for example, having someone come in to handle our accounts could serve as a useful form of assistance in creating the proper checks and balances for us personally and professionally.

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Avoid going into debt too soon

Many times building a business will require more capital than is often anticipated at the start.It’s important to have sufficient financial buffers to avoid taking on too much debt too soon which can constrain an entrepreneur personally and professionally. Balancing funding the business as it grows without excessively indebting oneself is an exercise an entrepreneur will have to manage.

Building with a future in mind

Building a business can be one of the most rewarding experiences an individual can have. In spite of the risks and challenges, once structured wisely, an aspiring entrepreneur can ensure his ability to live well beyond payday.

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