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Startup Finance: Where To Spend And Where To Save

The popular business saying, “You need to spend money to make money” is particularly true when venturing out in the business world as an entrepreneur.

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The popular business saying, “You need to spend money to make money” is particularly true when venturing out in the business world as an entrepreneur.

 

“The popular business saying, ‘You need to spend money to make money’ is particularly true when venturing out in the business world as an entrepreneur.”

 

Starting your own business from scratch can be financially challenging. It can take a while for your initial investment to start bearing fruit.

It’s important to maintain a strong grip on your operational budget and cash flow. Make sure everything you spend counts. Sit down and calculate what you should be investing in and where you can save.

 

Spend

Initially you need to spend money on the necessities and legalities (i.e., formation) of your business. This may include necessities such as a domain name, web hosting, entity formation, and business insurance.

 

Save

Before starting a business make a realistic plan for your personal finances. Consider which spending areas you should cut back on, and prepare to live modestly for the first 12-24 months of your startup. Keeping track of your personal finances and making a realistic startup budget will give you an idea of how much money you can afford to invest into your business.

 

Spend

One of the main areas you simply cannot afford to cut corners on is marketing. For a startup, your marketing campaigns will build awareness. Marketing efforts (albeit grassroots or extensive) are going to be the first point of contact for potential clients and customers. Therefore, ensure intangible aspects such as branding and brand voice are spot on. Equally as important are tangible marketing materials such as sales brochures, direct mailers, company website, flyers, business cards, etc.

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