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5 Crucial Expenses Founders Need to Budget for

It’s easy to underestimate how expensive starting your own business can be. Building an industry-leading company requires more than just a great idea or plenty of industry passion, you also need the right finances in place to guide your organization towards success. 

While some entrepreneurs assume that they can simply jump in and tackle each expense as and when it arises, the truth is that planning your costs ahead of time is a far better alternative. Not only will your budget give you the guidance you need to make the right decisions on behalf of your business, but it will also make it easier to apply for a loan or seek out funding from investors too. Everyone who might consider giving your business money will want proof that you’ve thought about the future. 

Here are a few of the crucial business expenses that you will have to consider when you’re building your startup budgeting plan. 

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  • Equipment Costs

Depending on the nature of your business, your equipment costs may be one of the biggest monthly expenses you have to think about. If you’re running a conventional business, like a brick-and-mortar retail store, or a restaurant, your equipment could include everything from point of sale systems to ovens, refrigerators, storage rooms, and more. 

Even if you’re just running a basic online business from the comfort of your own home, there are still equipment expenses to consider. For instance, you might need a computer that you can use to complete your work each day, a printer for your invoices, and a phone that you can use to make long-distance calls. Remember, you can always save some extra cash on equipment by checking out second-hand options.

  • Supplies and Inventory

Next, you’ll need to pay for the materials required to create the products that you’re going to sell. It will be up to you to figure out how much inventory you need to have on-hand at any given moment. However, remember that an absence of inventory could mean that your customers go elsewhere if you can’t deliver what they need straight away. 

Do your research before you begin building your products, so you can determine exactly what kind of products and materials you need. Don’t be afraid to shop around until you find the supplier that gives you the best deal too! If you need somewhere to store your products, take that warehousing cost into account too. 

  • Human Resources

Although it’s becoming a lot easier for entrepreneurs to launch businesses without any outside assistance today, there are companies that you won’t be able to run on your own. You may need the help of a team of dedicated sales assistants to ensure that you can properly serve your target audience. On the other hand, you might just need a few dedicated specialists to help you out at a few times of the year-  such as an accountant or marketing professional. 

Don’t forget that you can reduce some of your HR costs by considering things like remote working today. Working with contractors over the internet means that you don’t have to pay for physical office space where your team members can work. 

  • Legal Fees

There’s more to keeping your business’s head above water legally than paying for an attorney when someone tries to take you to court. You’ll also have fees to consider when it comes to things like incorporating your company or setting up retainers. Make sure that you know exactly how much it’s going to cost to get your business off the ground, then keep it up and running. 

To protect yourself from overly excessive legal fees, don’t forget to invest in the right business insurance too. You might need to take to a business advisor for insights into the kind of insurance that you need for your type of company. Not every kind of coverage will be relevant to you. 

  • Marketing

Finally, if you want your business to grow, then you’re going to need to set some extra money aside for capturing your audience’s attention. Startup founders need to budget at least some of their cash aside for things like social media marketing, email marketing, website development, and so on. 

The good news is that marketing doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Even some basic investment into social media can be enough to start generating real engagement from your target audience. You can always invest more cash into marketing as your business grows. 

Chasing Your Dreams – The Unexpected Costs

According to various surveys nearly 50% of Americans harbor ambitions of starting their own business. Whether for a new career, a passionate cause or an income boosting side hustle – it pays to be aware of some of the unexpected costs of chasing your dreams.

The infographic from turbo.intuit.com below explains some of the costs of starting a business, which you may or may not have considered.