In their book Start Your Own Business, the staff of Entrepreneur Media Inc. guides you through the critical steps to starting your business, then supports you in surviving the first three years as a business owner. In this edited excerpt, the authors discuss the basics of creating a projected budget for your first year in business.
For many small-business owners, the process of budgeting is limited to figuring out where to get the cash to meet next week’s payroll. There are so many financial fires to put out in a given week that it’s hard to find the time to do any short- or long-range financial planning. But failing to plan financially might mean you’re unknowingly planning to fail.