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The Benefits of Business Planning: Part Three

Benefits of Budgeting

In order to grow and develop your business, you will need to create a budget. A budget is a vital financial planning tool that will help you assess what you need to spend and when.  The importance of budgeting should not be underestimated; businesses that fail to monitor their finances often suffer in the long run. Budgeting will allow you to establish benchmarks, assess financial performance, and properly allocate funds and resources. 
Preparing and maintaining a budget will undoubtedly improve your profit margins and streamline your costs. Read below for a comprehensive list of budgeting benefits. 

Benefits of Budgeting
  • Better use of capital            
  • Efficient operations
  • Spending control
  • Identification of opportunities
  • Measurement of progress
  • Establishment of company goals
  • Establishment of employee goals
Types of Budget
  • Lump Sum
  • Incremental
  • Program or Activity-Based
  • Fixed
  • Flexible
  • Capital
  • Strategic
  • Zero-Based
Zero-Based Budgeting

Weed Man is a strong proponent of zero-based budgeting, which requires that all expenditures be evaluated and justified for each year.  It starts from a “zero base” and is built upon what is needed for the upcoming period, regardless of whether the budget is higher or lower than the previous one.  
As an added benefit, zero-based budgeting provides businesses with an opportunity to determine what needs revamping each new period.  Companies are able to analyze each component of the budget one-by-one and ultimately decide what needs to be altered to guarantee success for the following year.   

Benefits
  • More involved
  • Managers start from a “clean slate” each year
  • Forces budgeters to examine every item
  • Managers must justify the costs of creating and sustaining carefully defined revenue streams
  • Driven to root out waste and find cost-effective ways to improve operations
  • Combines planning and budgeting into a single process
  • Expands management participation in ways that increase responsibility, communication, and coordination                                                                                                       
Your business can achieve its financial goals with a well-thought-out budget plan.  Remember to return to your budget often, as this will help you stick to your overall business plan and ultimately meet your targets.