-- Ed Buchholz is the co-founder and CEO of 60mo, a cloud-based financial services company catering to small business owners. The views expressed are his own. --
Most everyone is familiar with the cliché: more money, more problems. But what if the problem is money?
Keeping your tech startup solvent requires the avoidance of several common budget mistakes. A budget or lack thereof can make or break a startup. Keep your overhead intact by doing the following:
Have a budget. Money should not disappear from your bank account into a fiscal black hole. At my last company, we were spending money but didn’t have an accurate view of where it was going. This experience is actually the primary reason my new company’s product, 60mo, exists. Organize expenses and revenue in whatever way works for your company. Make a cash flow plan. Keep current and accurate financial statements and analyze where you can trim the fat. Having a good budget is the beginning to avoiding common problems because it's the common sense barrier between you and wasteful overspending. Avoid the first common budget mistake and actually create a budget.
Negotiate with vendors. If you are purchasing goods or services from others regularly, make contact and drive down the price. Negotiating will build important relations and reduce costs that are otherwise eating through your overhead. Vendors want your business and will offer discounts to get you to become a recurring customer. Remember even if you are purchasing online, someone somewhere is operating the site and might be willing to cut you a break if you take the time to contact them. At 60mo, we make the effort to reach out to all of our major vendors and establish a friendly relationship. It won’t always work, but its good business to at least try. Sixty percent of the time it works every time.