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5 Financial Mistakes to Avoid After Your Business Is Funded

Most of us probably think that funding a business is the most challenging part that an entrepreneur can go through. Well, for some, this can be the case, but one thing entrepreneurs must remember is that the challenge doesn't simply stop once you get your business funded. The real battle lies on how you can make your business thrive and how you can sustain it.

There is no perfect formula in the business world, so it's inevitable for entrepreneurs to make wrong decisions from time to time. Nevertheless, there are financial mistakes that can be too crucial for any business. Knowing and understanding what they are is the first step that any entrepreneur should take in order to avoid committing them.

1. You don't have structured yet flexible business plans

In life, we normally say "let's just go with the flow", but for any business to earn long-term success, having a well-structured yet flexible business plan is necessary as it provides you a sense of direction. The rapid changes in the economy and technology can cause a bump on how you run your business, so any wise entrepreneur understands the need to keep up. Remember that prevention is better than cure, so make sure to always have a well-thought business plan not only during the loan application process, but also even after getting your loan proceeds.

2. You don't have a financial mentor.

For some business owners, getting the services of a financial expert is not a wise idea as it can be too costly. While there is truth to this, we can't also disregard the fact that paying for a financial advisor for your business can be worthwhile investment. Whether you are just starting out or you've been in the business field for quite a time, financial planning and decision-making are two crucial factors that can either make or break your success, so getting an objective point of view from a financial expert is almost always needed.

3. You don't have enough cash reserves.

Even if you get approved for a small business loan for your initial funding, it doesn't guarantee that everything's going to be smooth sailing for your business all the time. As an entrepreneur, you need to plan and think ahead. Unexpected operational costs are unavoidable, so you must have extra funds for it. Whether you'll get those extra funds in the form of another small business loan or through a line of credit, make sure to do your research first before making a decision.

Now, the big question now is how you can determine that you have enough cash reserves for your business. It is at this point that the importance of financial planning and having a financial advisor comes in.

4. You don't strictly separate your business funds from your personal funds.

Many business owners, especially those who are just starting out, tend to disregard the importance of not mixing their business savings from their personal savings. While others argue that this isn't really a crucial matter since the money they use and earn from their businesses is also the same money that they spend in order to have a comfortable life, I personally believe that financial discipline is best taught when entrepreneurs are still new in the business world.

5. You don't have adequate business insurance.

One truth about life is that our future can never be 100% predictable. The same principle also applies for businesses. Unforeseen events like natural disasters and injury at work can create a negative impact on businesses, that's why it is important for every company to be well-insured and protected.

Remember that any business, no matter what the size is, can experience financial mistakes. While this is considered normal, it doesn't mean they can't be avoided.

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