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When it comes to starting a business, entrepreneurs may find that they learn quickly about the financial realities they face. As a business owner, you may find that you end up having way higher expenses than you think and that you do not bring in as much money as you’d like either. If this sounds like you, then there are a few things that you can do to try and turn things around.

Don’t Avoid Financial Planning

The first step when it comes to hitting your financial goals would be for you to make sure that you write them down. Sure, this may sound obvious but at the end of the day, a lot of people skip out on this step. Creating a financial plan is essential if you want to be able to make better decisions in a pinch, not to mention that it also forces you to see the bigger picture when it comes to your entrepreneurship journey.

Grow your Network

The bigger your network is, the better. Every single person you meet could be an advisor, a partner, or a customer. In the early days, it can be very helpful for you to cut costs quite a lot by simply making the effort to turn your skills or your time into currency. It may be that you make a deal with a marketing agency to see if they can give you free advertising, by giving them free cupcakes for their team on Fridays. Little things like this can go a long way if you want to make a lot of money and you would be surprised at how much it could benefit you in the future.

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Rent your Equipment

If you want to make your business a success, then you may be tempted to buy your equipment but this is a huge mistake. If you choose to rent your gear over buying it, then this can save you a substantial amount of money, especially in the early days. You may also find that you can give yourself way more of a financial cushion should things not go to plan as well so be mindful of this if you can. If you work in construction or if you are renovating your offices, then remember that equipment rental is often a very good way for you to make sure that you are getting what you need, for the right price so be mindful of that if you can.

Use Free Tools and Apps

If you are a small business owner, then you may find yourself wishing that you had more time or more tools available at your disposal. That being said, free things go a very long way. Don’t buy something that is pricey until you have tried it out for yourself, and until you know what you are looking for. In the early days, focus on being as experimental as possible and see what works for you. If it doesn’t work, then explore new solutions rather than trying to do everything prematurely.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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