3 Critical Expenses Every Start-Up Company Should be Prepared to Pay

The hardest thing about going into business for yourself is that you don’t know how much anything costs yet – or, at least not on a long-term basis. Your heating and electricity costs will fluctuate, and so will your other operating expenses. You are expected to also be prepared for the unknown. New companies should always have a bit of extra cash put away for a rainy day, as unfortunately, many rainy days can come.

While you will always have to do some estimating, these next tips can help the math make a lot more sense. Here are three very important expenses that a start-up company owner needs to be ready to pay at a moment’s notice.

1. Replenishing All Stock

Not every start-up company is going to need to worry about stock in the traditional sense. However, most companies do have office supplies and other types of stock that need to stay replenished in order for business operations to take place. Whether your company sells t-shirts or psychic reading services, you should have money set aside so that all forms of stock can be fully replenished. Otherwise, you simply don’t have enough capital for your start-up company to operate smoothly.

2. 90 Days of Payroll Expenses

If you have staff, you have to pay payroll expenses. A lot of newer companies make the mistake of drawing the money they use for payroll from their most recent earnings. However, you should absolutely put 90 days of estimated payroll expenses for all your staff in a separate business account. At times, business might become slow or other financial difficulties might become apparent. But, it is still critical that you pay all your support staff on time.

3. Digital Data Recovery and Computer Forensics

Modern start-up companies make use of computers on a regular basis. Whether based in Buenos Aires or Munich, computer-based POS systems are utilized to run restaurants and tablet-based digital credit card processing is used by food truck owners. In this digital age, all start-up company owners need to be ready to have their computers fixed and their digital data recovered. Look into Secure Forensics to learn more about what can be done to recover data from damaged and corrupted computing devices. Even fire and flood damage aren’t enough to render a computing device unsalvageable.

Start-up company owners have to think about a lot of expenses that aren’t directly related to day-to-day business operations. There is business credit and ensuring that you are working to improve your credit rating as well as business loans, taxes, and even utility costs. While these are some of the more obvious expenses, there are also other costs that can simply sneak up on you. Be prepared to pay to have all of your computers recovered, payroll for your staff for 90 days, and for all of your business’s stock to be replaced in a snap. If you can pay for those three things, your business can survive almost anything.

Lisa
Lisa Besserman, Founder and CEO of Startup Buenos Aires, has been named as Business Insider’s “Top 100 Most Influential Women in Tech”, and the 2014 “Business Innovator of Latin America” by the Council of the Americas.

Lisa moved to Buenos Aires from New York City to create Startup Buenos Aires, the organization that represents the startup, tech and entrepreneurial community of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Startup Buenos Aires has been one of the main catalysts for strengthening the tech ecosystem in Latin America, by bringing global startup initiatives, development projects and investment opportunities to the region.
Under Lisa’s leadership Startup Buenos Aires has been credited as “Top 3 Growing Startup Cities” by CNBC and “5 Emerging Global Tech Hubs” by Entrepreneur Magazine.

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