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Most Businesses Fail Due to Money Mismanagement. These Quick Tips Can Help You Avoid Common Financial Mistakes. There are various reasons you should want to invest in money management skills for your business, and it all boils down to how profitable you want your business to be.

By Melissa Houston

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When you are the owner of your business, it's tough to manage all the tasks you need to excel at — sales, marketing, messaging and the list goes on. But the priority that needs to be right up there with sales is money management in your business.

Did you know that 82% of businesses fail due to money mismanagement? And most business owners fail at money management because of a lack of awareness.

As the leader of your business, you are the person in charge who makes the final decisions about your business. You need to ensure that you have a solid financial understanding of your business to make decisions that will impact your bottom line positively.

There are various reasons you should want to invest in money management skills for your business, and it all boils down to how profitable you want your business to be. Profit is the money (after taxes paid) that you, as a business owner, get to keep investing in the business or pay yourself as the business owner.

Profit is why money management skills are essential in business.

The best money management tips for your business:

Ensure your accounting system is in place

Your financial management system is the foundation that all your financial decisions will be based on, so ensure you have it set up properly and that the people you have hired to do the bookkeeping and accounting tasks are qualified.

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Read your financial reports

Don't just read your financial reports, you need to understand them as well. Money management decisions are based on the feedback of financial reports so be sure that you understand what you are reading.

Create a financial plan for your business

All businesses need goals to work toward and achieve, and those goals will be translated into money and profit margin goals. Money management is derived from the financial plan of the business to achieve its money goals.

Monitor your progress against your goals

When you set goals for your business you need to monitor your progress against those goals to understand what areas in the business you are excelling and the areas that need improvement.

Manage your cash

Cash management is an essential part of money management. Cash is the reason your business will stay alive. You need clients to pay their invoices and ensure you have cash balances to cover payroll and other financial obligations. Cash levels are always fluctuating and a key to business survival is good money management.

The bottom line is that money management skills are essential to business survival and need to be a priority in your business. Businesses that have the best ideas or service will not survive without good money management systems in place, so ensure that you make money management a priority in your business.

Melissa Houston

Financial Strategist

Melissa Houston is a certified professional accountant, host of the She Means Profit podcast and blog (, which helps successful business owners increase their profit margins so they keep more money in their pocket and increase their net worth.

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