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Budgeting For Growth

It may seem obvious that business growth can only occur when there is money available for reinvestment.A pile of Australian 100 dollar notes.

However, many businesses do not consider this enough when budgeting and planning for their medium to long term goals. One of the biggest impediments to growth can be access to finances that will fuel the investments that are needed to support growth. Therefore, it is important that a business is planning for any future expansions and funding accordingly.

If a business is planning to fund investment in its own infrastructure, it will need appropriate levels of profit margins and cashflow. Without this, the business may need to raise funds through debt or equity in order to grow. Here are some key aspects of business growth that may require funding.

Capital investment and premises

Depending on the growth strategy, capital investment in new equipment may be required. Consideration should also be given to premises and whether a change or redevelopment of premises is required to meet the expansion goals.

Investment in new support systems

With more data to process through increased transactions, there must be sufficient finances to fund the necessary support systems. These include financial, logistics, quality control, human resources, customer relationships management, complaints handling and asset tracking. Budgets are crucial to be able to grow your business without your overheads increasing at the same rate.

Staff development

The time it takes to train staff will have an impact on the cash flow of the business. This training will be necessary if new products or operating systems come into play with business growth. Furthermore, in adopting and/or inventing new products for sale, new marketing operations may need to be implemented.

Buffering periods

The ability to absorb mistakes, evaluate what went wrong and identify solutions can mean the difference between complete failure and just a bump in the road. Rather than needing to instantly cut back or take drastic action, a business with a cash buffer can reposition in the market with a renewed approach. Therefore, even without any immediate prospects of business growth, it is wise to implement strategies from day one of business operations that allow for buffering. After all, growth does not come from standing still.

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