23 April 2024

Budgeting is crucial to the financial stability and success of your business. Whether you’re aiming to pay off debt, purchase an asset, undertake a significant investment, or simply gain control over your business cashflow, effective budgeting is key.

Here are five essential tips to help you master the art of budgeting:

  1. Set Clear Goals
    Begin by defining your financial objectives. Setting clear, achievable goals gives your budgeting efforts direction and purpose. Break down your goals into smaller, manageable milestones to track your progress effectively.
  2. Understand Your Income and Expenses
    Start by identifying all sources of income and categorising your expenses. Understanding your cash flow is fundamental to budgeting effectively.
  3. Prioritise Expenses
    Categorise expenses based on their importance to your business objectives. Allocate funds to essential expenses first, such as rent, utilities, and payroll, before allocating resources to discretionary spending.
  4. Create a Realistic Budget
    Make sure your forecast revenue is realistic and in-line with expected outcomes from proposed marketing strategies. Other than the essentials, where will the income be allocated; pay rises to retain good staff, investment in assets, or paying down business debts? Each of these has a different GST and income tax impact to consider for cashflow planning too.
  5. Monitor and Adjust Regularly
    Budgeting is an ongoing process that requires regular monitoring and adjustment. Review your budget periodically to track your progress and identify areas for improvement. Perhaps the marketing strategy is not having the intended impact, or your revenue is higher than anticipated and you need to plan for a larger tax bill. Reviewing regularly will help keep you on-top of actual results to allow your business to adapt and change as needed.

While managing your finances independently is commendable, seeking professional guidance can provide invaluable insights and support. Nexia provides budgeting and cashflow planning support for businesses of all sizes and we can cater our service to your needs.

Talk to our experts

Please reach out to one of our trusted Nexia Advisors if you would like to discuss how we can help with your budgeting process to help you achieve your business goals.

Nexia is one of New Zealand’s best accounting and business advisory firms with offices in the Christchurch CBD, Albany and Newmarket in Auckland, and Hastings in the Hawke’s Bay.

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