How do Cash Allocations and Financial Work Together
Small businesses live and die by cash flow, not accrual profit reports. But line managers need to be able to operate within budgets that they know at the beginning of the month, not the end of the month. This may often involve a hybrid strategy where each month we set budgets for operations two months out and learn to operate within those budgets. It may involve building sufficient cash reserves so that budgets can be set on a monthly basis. Alternatively, it may involve setting up systems where we separate the forced spending and the needed spending, where the former hits every month (think rent and payroll), but the latter may have some timing flexibility (a website overhaul or equipment purchases.
As your business grows, small changes can have a big impact. A 10% improvement at a $500,000 company is now $50,000, which may allow you to hire an entire additional employee to grow your business. When your business was grossing $100,000, that improvement might have been ignored while you chased growth. As you grow your business into the over $1 Million range, these changes become more and more important.