Advice for young entrepreneurs: Setting up your business for financial success

Advice for young entrepreneurs: Setting up your business for financial success

Posted: Mon 30th Jan 2023

As an entrepreneur and business founder, you simply must know about business finance, especially if you plan to seek funding for your own venture.

Statistically, you're far more likely to raise money and make sure your business thrives if you understand how to manage your finances. Business finance isn't difficult to get your head around, and in this blog we've gathered together some top tips and useful resources to help you learn the basics.

Decide on your company structure

Did you know that the type of company you start – that is, whether you set up as a sole trader or a limited company – ultimately has an impact on your finances?

The status you choose determines how much admin you'll need to do and the kind of financial records you'll keep. It also affects whether you'll be liable if your company incurs any debt.

As a sole trader, for example, you can gain savings through income tax and national insurance and choose when to take profits out of the business.

If you're a limited company, the business's finances are separate from your personal finances. That way, you can't be personally responsible for any company debts, and you operate as an employee of the company.

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Get started with managing your finances

Here are some tips you can use to make sure you have your business finances under control.


  • Set up financial and accounting systems: Do your due diligence upfront and set up your financial systems correctly from the outset. Open a business bank account (this helps you, as a small business owner, hold and manage money within a business) and invest in software to help you to keep your business finances in check.


Plan and manage cash flow

At the end of the day, you're starting a small business to make money for yourself. That means making a profit from the goods or services you sell. But you can't do that unless you plan and manage your finances and cash flow.

Here are some tips on how best to do it:

  • Start with a business plan that lays out what you'll do over the next 12 to 24 months.

  • Review your sales plan and pricing model and investigate what it will cost to deliver your products or services.

  • Break down your cash flow so you have a view of it on a daily and monthly basis.

  • Use a cash-flow forecast to review the cash coming into and going out of the business.

  • Determine where you can reduce costs. Perhaps you can find a cheaper supplier or increase your prices?

  • Remember to prepare for times where cash flow may be low. You can do this by setting aside an emergency fund or looking into overdrafts and business loans.

Securing finance for your business

There are a number of ways to fund a new business, but four of the most common methods are:

  1. bootstrapping: funding your business as you make sales along the way

  2. funding from your own money

  3. applying for a grant

  4. getting a loan (from a bank or specialist provider)

The business finances e-learning module on the Next Generation hub explains all this and more.

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Relevant resources

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