If you have made the decision to start your own business or invest in a profitable franchise, you may quickly realize that the beginning income is slow going, which is normal so don’t worry! One mistake that new business owners make is not accounting for the initial dip in income and spike in expenses. When you invest in Sign Me Up Franchise, we make every attempt to make things as easy and straightforward as possible for our business owners. After all, your success is our success. We have compiled this list of helpful tips to save money when you are starting out.

Create a Budget

Establishing a budget is an important part of life and spending money wisely, whether you are a business owner or not. If you do not have a budget, now is the time to make one. A comprehensive budget will account for all of your expenses and incomes, regardless of how minuscule. When you are a new business owner, having a well set up budget is important for personal finances and business finances. While it is important to keep the budgets and ledgers separate, it is important to understand that during the startup, you will likely tap into your personal funds for your business.

Don’t Overspend on Equipment

When you are just opening, keep equipment simple and limit to what is necessary. Don’t make the mistake of spending your money on frivolous luxuries, there will be money for that when you are established and successful! If you are able to, buy used equipment. When you invest in a Sign Me Up franchise, you can use equipment that you already have or find used and we include what is required for the initial startup costs — no games or hidden costs. If you are able, buy supplies in bulk and at wholesale prices.

Reduce Personal Expenses

If you financed your new business or saved the money to pay cash up front and stayed within your budget, you may not have to borrow from personal funds to pay for business expenses. If you do, it is to be expected, initially. Even so, you will have to deal with the reduced personal income that goes along with being your own boss. Most new business owners will face a dip in income as well as a spike in expenses and that’s okay. There are some things you can do to cut down on personal expenses such as avoiding going out to eat and brewing your morning coffee at home.

Hire Smart

Of course, you’ll need a staff of employees. However, if you have a small business, you can cut costs by hiring the minimum necessary staff possible. One tactic is to not hire any full-time employees. This cuts down on the number of hours you are required to allow them to work and cuts down on the cost of benefits offered to them. Even if in the long term you plan to offer full benefits and staff full-time employees, initially you can get by with the minimum. Consider hiring employees with less experience so that you can pay them a lower rate.

If you are prepared for the squeeze on your wallet before you open your business, you are less likely to find yourself in financial trouble. It is important to understand that starting a business is a large financial undertaking. Once you are established and begin making profits, you will be able to recover your initial investment and loosen the bonds on your wallet. Follow these simple tips to help you save money while you’re starting out. Contact us at Sign Me Up franchise to become a business owner with a franchise who will help mentor you and set you up for financial success.