2 steps to staying on top of your startup’s financial performance

What’s the best way to lay the foundation for your business? Having a bootstrapped business is every startup entrepreneur’s dream before they take the leap. However, taking your business from ground zero to level 1 is one of the most difficult jobs that entrenchers have to do and the worst is that there is no shortcut to it. While some tools and software(s) can make things a tad easier, but the eventual success majorly rely on the ability to take risks –  and of all the risks, I believe that financial risks are most burdensome to most business owners.

In this article, I’d like to share a few suggestions that will help you prepare a rigorous financial plan for your startup to keep you on top of your business’ financial performance. Let’s dive in:

Invest in a good financial forecast

The reason for you to invest in a startup could be anything, but the main purpose is always to make a revenue out of the effort being put in building the venture. This requires you to identify gaps in a different range of skills. Having good experience of financial know-how is one thing, but being able to foresee the contingencies and unexpected expenses, it is important to have a system that can accurately identify these segments – helping you prepare better.

For instance, one of the startups using Financial Forecasting tool had allocated certain resources for next year had their profits drop by 10 to 20 percent. In the next financial year, the organization’s profit got hit by 13% to be precise, and because their business plan already had the provision to deal with such contingencies, the startup was able to make up for the loss, revamped the strategies and recovered the subsequent year with an additional 35% revenue.

Without a clear picture of what the company’s financials will probably look like a year after, entrepreneurs run a serious risk of allocating resources inappropriately and running out of cash. The point is that revenues and expenses behave differently under different circumstances, and good forecasting can help you see what your business looks like as it grows.

Seek Expert’s Advice

Remember that relying on numbers alone will not help you get ahead. It’s not even the whole story of successful entrepreneurship. For a business that’s bootstrapped and aiming to break even, it is critical to have a mentor who understands market dynamics and is able to guide you through complexities of financial practices. Most experienced entrepreneurs and finance gurus have a good pulse on financial performance across sectors. It pays well if you can find someone who can guide you about an array of possible outcomes in comparison to how your business looks today.

The best advice that you can get in this segment is instead of focusing on, “I want to build a multi-million dollar company,” you must break financial goals down into achievable and measurable ones.

Track and grow your business accordingly, and keep making the required adjustment to stay ahead of the market curve. Knocking out little goals whilst being prepared for difficulties will exude the confidence needed to keep powering the entrepreneurial journey.