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Top Financial Management Tips for Businesses and Non-Profits

By: Jeremy Bowler

 

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Effective financial management is so important if you want your business or non-profit organization to thrive and grow. It involves a lot of planning, organizing and control. You will also have to monitor your financial resources so you can achieve your objectives. Good money management will help your business to make effective use of its resources and it will also help you to fulfill your commitments with stakeholders. There’s a chance you may be able to gain a competitive advantage too. If you want to help yourself to take things to that next level then the only thing you have to do is take a look below.

Have a Clear Plan

The first thing you need to do is make sure that you have a solid business plan. A solid business plan will help you to establish where you are, and where you’d like to be in the next couple of years. It will also detail how you intend to finance your business and any activities that could be part of it. If you have no idea how to write a business plan then the only thing you have to do is take a  look online. There are so many guides out there and there are also templates you can use too, so keep that in mind.

Assess your Position

You should take the time to monitor the financial position of your business if possible. Every single day, you should have a clear understanding of how much you have in the bank and how many sales you are making. You should also review your position against the targets you are hitting within your business plan. If you can do this and if you can give some serious thought to cash flow management then you stand to benefit in the long run. If you run a non-profit organization, then you may need to reinvest the money you have so you can keep your business moving forward. Again, this comes down to you having a solid plan with what you intend to do with your money. 

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Ensure People Pay on Time

Businesses can run into major issues because of customers paying late. If you want to reduce the risk of customers paying late then you should make your credit terms clear. Make them obvious from the outset and quickly issue any invoices that could be due. If you can do this in a clear and accurate format then things will become easier for you. Using a computerized credit system will help a lot here, as will using an invoicing system.

Keep Track of your Costs and Donations 

Even the most profitable of businesses may run into issues if there is simply not enough cash to cover basic expenses. This could include rent and even your wages. You should be aware of the minimum that your company needs to survive and you should also make sure that you don’t dip below this amount. If you can make sure that this is the case then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to reap the benefits going forward. If you need some help managing your money then be sure to look into fund accounting as this is a great way for you to monitor things overall. This is especially important if you run a non-profit organization, as it will help you to report, manage and allocate funds from donors.

Keep up to date with Accounting

If your accounts are not actively kept up-to-date then you may end up losing money by not keeping up with late payments. You may also not realize that you have to pay suppliers and this can work against you. Using a solid record-keeping system will help you out a lot here. You can track your expenses, your creditors and more with ease. You can also apply for additional funding which can work in your favor quite a lot. 

Meet Deadlines with your Tax Return 

Failing to meet deadlines when the time comes for you to file your tax return can result in major issues being made. You may also find that you end up incurring fees and interest, which is the last thing you need. These are all unnecessary and you can avoid them with a bit of planning. If you want to help yourself here then be wary of any deadlines that may be approaching and then take steps to actively prepare for them. If you can do this then you will surely come out on top.

Become Efficient

Is your business efficient? Saving energy and therefore money can work in your favor quite a lot here. It’s one of the easiest ways for you to cut costs too. Areas to look for if you run an office include heating, lighting and even office equipment. Lighting should also be considered. You might also want to consider how much you are spending overall, as this could help you to cut costs which will translate to more profit.

Get the Right Funding

It’s so important that you choose the right funding for your business. Each type of finance is designed to meet a different need. Smaller companies tend to rely on business overdrafts and even personal funding, but this might not be the best funding for your company. If you want to help yourself here then read up on business financing as this is the best way for you to hit all of the right marks. If you run a non-profit organization, your funding may come from donors, but either way, you need to assess your options thoroughly. 

Tackle Issues Early-On

Another thing you need to do is tackle issues as soon as they arise. It’s always difficult for you to handle financial issues when running a business, but there is help out there. If you can tackle things before they get too much to handle then this will help you overall. There are also some initial steps you can take to lessen the impact of issues, such as tackling any debt that may be a priority as well as looking at how your cash flow is being affected by the decisions you make.  If you can keep this in mind then you will be able to manage your business better and you may also find that it is easier for you to come out the other side with a much better understanding of your financial health.

So as you can see, it’s easy to manage your business finances when you know what steps to take. Why not try and make a positive change today?

Published: March 7, 2024
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Jeremy Bowler

Jeremy Bowler is a full-time copywriter of five years specialising in business and finance. Jeremy graduated from the University of Chester with degrees in business accounting and finance. He's an avid traveler and has taught English in Nepal, Malaysia, and Japan and has produced copy for Neil Patel, Entrepreneur and Metro amongst many other high-end publications.

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