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Running a business can be a challenging undertaking. It requires time, effort and commitment from business owners. One of the primary responsibilities of a business owner is to identify and set financial goals for their organization.
Whether it’s a startup or a large-scale business, all types of businesses need to figure out their unique goals to keep their finances in check and achieve financial success.
Identifying financial goals for a business can seem like a daunting task. But, it doesn’t have to be. Here are some simple tips to help you set financial goals for your organization:
The SMART model
When setting your organization’s financial goals, use the SMART (specific, measureable, attainable, relevant and time-bound) model.
SMART goals work for a number of reasons. Put briefly, SMART goals are clear, well-defined and easier to monitor. By setting SMART financial goals, business owners are more likely to stay focused and motivated.
Next step, prepare your company’s short and long-term goals:
Start with your company’s first-year goals. Generally speaking, the first year is all about managing expenses and expanding your business. Focus on your budget, cash flows and your customer base.
Create a realistic budget for your business. A budget is a great tool for planning, tracking and controlling your expenses.
Remember, it’s the first year of business and your revenues may fluctuate. You may have to review and adjust your budget to accommodate fluctuating revenues and expenses.
In addition to your budget, monitor your business cash flows. Cash flow represents the inflows (income) and outflows (expenses) of money. It’s crucial that you understand how your company’s cash flow works to manage your income, expenditures and savings.
Another vital step in the first year of business is to identify your target market. By identifying your target audience, it becomes easier to target your marketing efforts towards then.
During the fifth business year, you need to focus your efforts towards cost reduction and revenue growth. Unplanned expenses usually take up major chunk of a company’s budget.
Assess all your business expenses every month to eliminate all unnecessary expenses.
Most businesses experience some revenue growth in five years of operations. Based on your company’s past performance, establish realistic revenue goals and benchmarks for improving your future sales.
Finally, your company’s ten-year (long-term) financial goals should focus on further strengthening your business. During this time period, you should work on increasing your company’s profit margins. You can improve profit margins by reducing expenses or increasing prices.
At the same time, assess your overall debt level and speak with lending companies for loan restructuring.
Generally speaking, lending companies are more likely to offer lower interest rates to an established company than a new company.
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