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Four strategies to manage your budget & increase profits

by , 15 October 2015
In the past few weeks I've told you the importance of having a budget for your business and I even showed you how to create one.

But today I'm going to tell you how to effectively manage your budget.

Because just developing a budget isn't enough. For you to effectively manage a budget, you and your employees need to be aware of a few strategies.

Here's four strategies you can use to manage your budget effectively and maximise profits.

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Five strategies you can use to manage your budget effectively and maximise your profits
1. Have a long-term vision
Annual budgets are meant for a period of 12 months. But in some cases some businesses take time to break-even and start performing. So have in place a long-term plan, rather than just the annual plan. This ensures that the budgetary aspects meet your business goals.
2. Measure your performance indicators
You need to measure the success or failure of your budget; this lets you in on how effective or ineffective your budget is. To measure this use key performance indicator (KPI).
KPIs include both financial and no financial performance parameters and are early indicators. But in order for KPIs to be effective you need to clearly measure, define and circulate these figures to stakeholders.
This makes your team aware of whether they on track and empowers them to modify their plans.
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3. Tweak your strategy
Although you know you need to set realistic and achievable performance expectations, some companies tend to get carried away and set unrealistic goals affecting the success of the business.
So review your strategy monthly or every quarter and modify as necessary. This helps detect mistakes and know where you're faltering before small problems become snowballs.
4. Set realistic goals
One of the most important business decisions rely on goal setting. So make sure your goals are attainable. Make projection judging the economic and competitive environment. Also set new goals frequently. The corporate environment is constantly changing which means your goals might need to change too.
Compare yourself to competitors in the market and align your goals according to your positioning. You'll get a better competitive assessment and create new strategies or goals according to your findings.
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