A sure way to fail a start-up is to simply run out of money.Having a realistic idea of your start-up costs is critical because it helps you control cash flow and reduce the likelihood that you will run out of resources before your business starts.
Furthermore, if you want to take out a business loan, securing the right amount shows solid financial planning and means that you don’t have to reset the limit if resources are overused.
Below we look at some key areas to help you get a better idea of where your money is likely to be spent and how much you may need to get started.
This may include the cost of hiring an accountant, consultant, lawyer, or other experts who deal with the legal aspects of setting up a business, business formation, copyright protection, partnership agreements, or any other financial commitment to be paid to the government or any other regulatory body.
2.Tools, Equipment and Inventory
However, you may be able to get suppliers who can offer you 30 days of credit – under certain circumstances. You can use this to solve cash flow problems in your first business month.
Tools and equipment can also be a large upfront expenditure as you will need these items to get work done from the day you start your business.
Securing an office or retail space is a significant part of your fixed costs, whether you rent or buy. Business premises can typically cost up to 10% of your total start-up cost, depending on the type of space available.
To keep these costs as low as possible, you may want to consider starting by working from home or looking at co-working spaces that are ideal for very small businesses.
If you own a service-oriented company, you can commute directly to customers to reduce overhead costs for your own space.
Most companies need insurance from the day they start operating. Without it, you risk high financial expenses if something goes wrong.
Business insurance doesn’t have to be expensive, but it is important to get the right type of coverage for your business.
The most important ones are liability insurance, professional liability insurance and employer liability insurance, but there are also many other insurance protection insurance policies that can protect things like your tools and equipment and your premises.
5.Marketing and Publicity
Marketing materials may include physical materials such as signs, banners, and business cards.
You should also consider paid ads as well as more creative options like video ads, roadshows, and giveaways. The good news is that you can do most, if not all, of your small business marketing for free.
Thankfully, with the advent of social media and otheronline marketing strategies, small businesses that are just starting out need just a small budget for their advertising costs, compared to 20 years ago.
6.Personnel and Employment
There are numerous personnel options available to start-ups, fromfull-time employees to freelancers. You need to decide the right option for your company –
Is your income already at a level that the company can use to manage full-time wages? Would you prefer the flexibility to hire freelancers whenever you need them?
These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself when considering staff.
7.Wages and Salaries
You have to pay your employees at the beginning even if you don’t bring in a lot of sales.
Remember that payroll includes benefits and all types of remuneration: bonuses, grants, commissions, and overtime pay. And of course, don’t forget to pay yourself too!
Also keep in mind that as your business gets going, your employees may grow over the course of the year.