The start of the new financial year is the perfect time to reassess how you can create strategies to increase business profits and get more customers. July sees the start of a new financial year for some so rather than setting hardline, easy-to-break resolutions, why not put your finances in order with these simple new financial year tips by Bartercard.
1. Consolidate and reduce debt
If you have multiple credit cards and personal loans, make the 2018-19 financial year one where you start to tackle debt. Paying off debt takes time and strategy and the only way to do it is to start. List the debt and interest you are paying in a spreadsheet, then look at ways to consolidate it or lower the interest rates either through a balance transfer credit card (which lets you transfer high-interest debt to another card at a lower interest rate) or a personal loan so at least everything is in one place and you have one payment going out. When everything is in place, select the most effective repayment strategy – you might choose to pay the smaller debt or the highest interest first.
2. Track expenses daily
The key to changing spending is knowing the figures. Track the amount you spend daily, weekly, and annually to reduce it or spend more wisely. There are free apps to do this, or you can just put all your spending into an excel spreadsheet each day. Tracking expenses will certainly make you aware of spending, so you can change or adjust it. The likes of Xero also help you to quickly see what payments are going out of the account and where cutbacks can be made.
3. Invest in higher quality to cut expenses
Reduce incidental spending when you invest in higher quality items which last, or services that put your business ahead. Whether it’s an espresso machine to stop getting coffee out or a digital agency to build up your online reach, invest in spending to make your money work harder and smarter.
4. Create a budget and cash flow forecast
Are you planning any significant spending which your current level of cash flow might not support? If so, do you have finance options in place? Mapping out your finances is critical to avoiding a cash blow out which you can’t recover from. The Bartercard concept is a good alternative. Bartercard can help you save valuable cash by allowing you, as a member, to pay for products and services with Trade Dollars between other members instead of paying in cash. You can then use those Trade Dollars to offset cash expenses within their business.
5. Maximise your marketing
Effective marketing not only puts you on the radar but will give your brand a clear voice and set you apart from competitors. What marketing ideas can accelerate your business and how do they translate across every customer interface? Are there brand synergies to maximise through partnerships? In marketing, it always pays to plan ahead – missing clearly aligned opportunities because you weren’t prepared could cause regret at the end of the year.
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If you’d like more information on how Bartercard can assist your new financial year’s resolutions, get in touch.