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Financial Mistakes That Many Entrepreneurs Make

Companies / SME Aug 26, 2015 - 02:55 PM GMT

By: Boris_Dzhingarov

Companies In the modern world, success is mostly measured by profitability but this is a concept that is quite elusive. The main idea is to basically bring in more than is spent. It does seem simple enough but at the end of the day, entrepreneurs make mistakes and end up not being able to succeed in increasing profits to a high enough level. It is normal that start-ups fail but you can avoid a lot of the failure by simply avoiding the following really common mistakes.



Not Having Fundamental Knowledge About Accounting

When it comes to business essentials, you have to master basically everything. Everything starts with accounting. Most of the entrepreneurs lack accounting skills and this hurts them really bad. You cannot simply buy an accounting system or even hire an accountant without knowing how to read the reports and understand what happens with the finances of a company. The best entrepreneurs have really strong money management skills that they use in order to keep control of everything that happens in their company.

Not Developing Accounting Procedures

The financial transactions done by a company need to follow written, formalized and consistent procedures up to recording from decision making. To put it simply, all the expenses and income sources have to follow a similar path so that it would be entered in accounting software. If a business does not have standard procedures, it is common to end up with lost transactions and a decision making process that is completely inconsistent. All the individuals that are involved in the accounting system of a company need to handle the transactions in exactly the same way. Procedures should reflect financial control understanding.

Data Entry Errors

As the accounting procedures are developed and the standard is created, steps should be added in order to verify data accuracy as it is added to the system. It is something that is obvious for every business owners but so many end up struggling with the process. Many start-ups are faced with huge problems as the books include data entry errors. Even a small error like an extra digit or number transposing can lead towards a havoc in an accounting system that is really simple. Double check procedures are always recommended and will aid in eliminating most of the user errors in accounting data entry.

Improper Budgeting

It would be cool to have an office that looks great or the latest laptop that is perfect for the designer working at the company but does the budget allow the expense? Startup owners that do not have experience end up budgeting in an improper way. It is really important that everything is properly planned. This includes all the finances. You have to take into account the money that you have to pay to others and cash flow should always be kept in complete check.

On the whole, most of the first time entrepreneurs make the huge mistake of simply failing to understand how important the financial side of things is.  You should never make such a mistake. Do take all the time that is needed to set up a system that is effective.

By Boris Dzhingarov

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Disclaimer: The above is a matter of opinion provided for general information purposes only and is not intended as investment advice. Information and analysis above are derived from sources and utilising methods believed to be reliable, but we cannot accept responsibility for any losses you may incur as a result of this analysis. Individuals should consult with their personal financial advisors.


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