A Guide for Creating a Startup Business Budget

When youre developing a startup, there are many areas of business you may not be familiar with, especially if its your first time. One of these areas is finance, which can be a very overwhelming topic if youre not sure how to use your money suitably within your startup. You need to be careful, prepared and sensible in order to make sure that your startups budget is adhered to.

So what do you need to consider when planning out your budget?

Your Budget Should Only Take into Account Money You Have

While its important to forecast for expected turnover and future financial gain, your primary budget should never include the spending of money you dont have even if you expect to have it. If you havent made the money yet, and theres any possibility that you wont, then you cant include that amount in your budget.

You may be hoping to get a certain amount of sales within the month, and it may look very likely, but even so if you budget for a higher amount than what you actually end up with, this will cause confusion and problems.

Avoid overspending, being careless with your budget or racking up a certain amount of debt while you are still trying to establish your startup company. You can get debtrelated lawsuit protection and help from GM Law Film, LLC if your business begins to struggle with debt.

Research the Expected Outgoings for a Business Like Yours

If this is your very first time creating a startup, then you wont have any experience with the expected financial commitments, so you need to do your research. Try to find out what similar companies (ideally those who started out as startups) spent in the first instance of setting up, and also their regular outgoings, so you can use this as a baseline for your own budget.

Estimate Your Future Needs

In order to plan and budget for your startup, you need to fully understand in what way youre hoping to grow. Ask yourself the following questions:

Do you hope to hire staff in the near future? You will then need to think about paying wages.

Do you hope to get an official business premises? You will need to think about the expected running costs of a building, and the rental of the space.

Do you need to put more money into marketing in the future?

If your business is producing a product, will you need more money for production if the demand in product rises?

Questions like this will help you plan your budget.

Compare Fixed Outgoings with Changeable Ones

You need to understand which amounts in your budget are non-negotiable. These are the expenses and outgoings you will always need to ensure are paid first. You then need to draw up a separate document of changeable outgoings, whose amounts can freely alter in your budget. This means that you will always ensure you have money for non-negotiable budget items, but the rest can be changed accordingly depending on how much profit you make that month.

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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