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...Being Able To Take A Class Or Not!
7. Budgeting and Finances
A good business manages its financial situation very well. Having a budget and sticking to it are essential to overall business success. The begins with the business plan. All spending can happen only if it is in line with the business plan. In other words, spending the companys money should always have to do with helping it accomplish its plan and ultimately achieve its vision. Managers get together and project what they will need to spend to achieve the company plan. Advertising, selling tools, computers, maintenance, and so on are all planned for and budgeted in advance. Once the general manager and finance director approve each managers request for money to spend, they will be expected to stay within that budget and save wherever possible.
Budgets are usually tight. That means there is little or no room for unplanned expenses. When I was in Nike, so many people asked me for sponsorships for their sons or daughters who played sports. My answer was most often no, because the company had a very clear strategy. It was to focus on the bigger teams that would get the company greater visibility. For the smaller teams and individuals, there were other programs that didnt necessarily include sponsorship but had other benefits to help improve their performance.
Do you know where all your money goes each month? I thought I did until some years ago when I monitored all my expenses over the course of several months. I kept and registered every receipt for every item I bought, whether it was a bottle of water, a taxi ride, a bag of chips, groceries, or whatever. I needed to do this in order to ensure that I wouldnt run out of money during my first year after having quit my corporate job. I knew that I would not be making much money during that year, and I wanted to make sure my budgeting was accurate.
If you havent done it, I highly recommend it. It is amazing to see how much we spend on Starbucks and cigarettes see how much we spend on Starbucks and cigarettes and other daily habits! While gathering information for my book, I was talking to a fellow actor who told me that sometimes he has to decide between paying rent and taking a class. If with better money management and a savings plan, even if just a few dollars a week, those kinds of decisions could be made easier for a lot of people.
Good, solid planning will help you make good budgeting decisions.
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