When you set out to become a business owner, I highly doubt you ever thought you’d consider giving up; yet, every day small businesses fail. While I can’t prove this, my personal opinion about why so many fail has a lot to do with the lack of a certain “B” word I’ve talked about repeatedly here at Financially Simple—budget. Yes, you read that right. I believe one of the greatest failures new small business owners can make is failing to build a business budget.
As a small business owner, I understand the desire and importance of taking care of your employees. The task of providing for your family and your employees’ families can be daunting. You can do both! However, providing retirement plans for small businesses requires us business owners to be very cost-conscience. This attention to cost needs to be a driving force when looking at the different plans, but not the only consideration.
You have been doing some work outside the office, and you really enjoy it. So much so that it has you are wondering if it can become more than just the source of a little extra spending money. But what is required to turn your side hustle into your full-time job? We will look at goals that could lead you to the career you’ve always dreamed.
Many entrepreneurs need funding to start a business or grow their business and these folks often turn to banks for financing. Many times, however, the bank may reject your application. Yes, completing a loan application for your company is just one step in the process of securing your funds. However, actually securing the financing may take more work than you realize.
I typically start my day by reading emails. I generally have tons of emails from companies wanting me to sell their products to my clients. I receive emails from Real Estate Investment Trusts, Cash Value Life Insurance companies, ETF’s, Stocks and mutual funds. I even get emails trying to get me to push individual stocks and annuities! These sales pitches just aggravate me. Let me explain why. RANT WARNING!!!!
Have you ever thought about installing an inground swimming pool in your backyard? Or have you ever considered restoring a turn-of-the-century home? Chances are if you were thinking about doing one of these projects, you’d call a professional to help you complete the task. Why then do we think we can make major financial decisions that could have severe implications without ever talking to a financial advisor? Yet, all too often I see these mistakes happen, and many times people ask for help after the fact, and sometimes the damage is done. That’s why a recent phone call led me to think about this very subject.