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How to create a comprehensive financial plan

When you’re in the world of business, one of the key things to ensure are sustainable are your finances. With ineffective financial planning, you run a range of risks and can put the company in a vulnerable position. Read on to learn more about financial planning, and start to cement your financial future.

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The first step to planning your finances is understanding the current state of your finances as effectively as possible. By understanding all of your company’s revenue streams and regular outgoings as they are at the moment, in addition to expected spending in the short term and any assets the company owns, you can outline a basic overview of exactly how the company’s finances will change in the short term.

Consider several scenarios

Business finances are rarely the most stable things to predict, and this is completely understandable. As clients can join your company or leave at any time, alongside the fluctuating nature of business outgoings, it is impossible to accurately predict your finances for years to come. When financially planning for your company’s future you should consider at least three different scenarios.

• Continuity. This is the case in which your clientele remains consistent and there are minimal changes to business operation.

• Best case scenario. In this situation, you should imagine the best feasible conditions for your business in the near future and anticipate the financial landscape in this situation.

• Worst case scenario. Consider a situation like that which many businesses faced in 2020, and forecast the loss of a significant proportion of your business.

By completing at least these three scenarios, you can ensure that you have prepared for negative and positive financial landscapes and have business responses prepared.

Use a financial advisor

Although you may be comfortable with your financial literacy, the last thing you want to do is make predictions for your business only for them to be wide of the mark. This can compromise your company’s financial security and, in a worst-case scenario, lead to bankruptcy.

If you need assistance with financial planning contact the CWR Accountants team today, and get all the assistance you need.