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11 Tips For Keeping Your Personal Finances Organized

How do you keep your personal finances (and cash flow!) organized when you are starting a new business?

 

 

Keep ‘Em Separate

rachelmgres“It is essential that you keep your personal finances and business finances completely separate. Make sure you are paying yourself a salary (rather than paying your personal bills) out of the business finances as soon as possible. Use software like Mint.com to keep track of your personal funds and net worth, the same way you useQuickBooks to manage company funds.”

 

RACHEL RODGERS, Rachel Rodgers Law Office

 

 

Manage Your Personal Cash Flow Like Your Business Cash Flow

David Ehrenberg“The key to managing your personal finances is the same as for managing your business finances: Create a financial forecast. You need to understand your expenses, your cash burn, your potential cash inflows and potential unexpected expenditures. Figure out where you will get money for your personal account and how you can maximize your personal revenue stream. Then, do the same for your business!”

 

DAVID EHRENBERG, Early Growth Financial Services

 

 

Become a C Corp

Raoul Davis“I know everyone loves the LLC, but the LLC can get you in a lot of trouble. You get taxed as an individual on what the corporation makes for the year, which really penalizes you personally and can lead to a huge tax liability that you are personally responsible for. With a C corp, the business is a separate entity, meaning the business manages its finances and you manage yours. It forces you to!”

 

RAOUL DAVIS, Ascendant Group

 

 

Get Help

w. michael hsu“Managing finances is my background, and I still get help with it. My company team handles my business finances, while my wife helps handle our personal finances. Having outside help allows me to have an unbiased view of my finances and be smart about them. I ask questions and discuss issues as they come up, rather than being bogged down in an echo chamber of my own voice.”

 

W. MICHAEL HSU, DeepSky

 

 

Track All Your Personal Expenses

aaron schwartz“For my first year in business, I created a Google Doc and tracked all expenses – yes, even an apple I purchased for 75 cents. This discipline made me aware of what I was spending and helped me create a daily budget. I knew how much cash I had in the bank and assumed the company would not pay me, so I created a “personal burn rate” and was religious about matching my spending to my goal.”

 

AARON SCHWARTZ, Modify Watches

 

 

Schedule Monthly Family Budget Meetings

LoganLenzavatar-100x100“My wife and I meet on the first of each month to analyze the month prior and budget for the month ahead. In these meetings, we determine our budgets for all spending categories and forecast each of our variable incomes. This way, we reach our financial goals and remain transparent with each other. Money can be a pain point for many families, but you can avoid problems by carrying this out.”

 

LOGAN LENZ, Endagon

 

 

Keep It Simple

Fehzan AliMint.com is an excellent, free service to manage your personal finances. Simply sign up, link up your bank accounts, set monthly budgets for various spending categories and log in weekly or bi-weekly to ensure you are staying within your means. Mint.com syncs up with your linked accounts and can also be used to set savings goals, track your personal investments and find ways to save more money.”

 

FEHZAN ALI, Adscend Media LLC

 

 

Make Regular Reviews

derekflanzraich“Every month isn’t enough! Nearly every week (or maybe more), I’m checking in on both my personal and business finances – cash flow is king!”

 

DEREK FLANZRAICH, Greatist

 

 

Manage Finances the Old-School Way

Brett Farmiloe“I find that doing finances both tediously and manually makes budgeting much more real and powerful. Every month, I copy and paste every expense from my bank account and categorize it into an Excel spreadsheet. Each time I copy and paste something, I have to mentally confront that expense. Doing this manually is a great mental exercise that gives you a stronger financial sense about yourself.”

 

BRETT FARMILOE, Internet Marketing Company

 

 

Calculate Cash Flow With Excel

JoshWeissavatar-100x100-3“Every month, go through and calculate your cash flow in Excel to see the sources of cash bleed, and then try to weed them out. It’s also helpful to try and project cash flows for the rest of the year to make sure any anticipated negative cash flow can be funded properly.”

 

JOSH WEISS, Bluegala

 

 

Buy Accounting Software

imgres-1“When starting your own business, the lines of separation between your business and personal finances can often get blurred. A great way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to keep your business finances clean and orderly by investing in accounting software. This will ultimately keep your personal finances just as organized.”

 

ZACH CUTLER, Cutler Group

 

 

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Author : Young Entrepreneur Council

The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.

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