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How-To Plan your Business Finances in 2022 |

Most people can agree that the past two years have been unlike any other in so many aspects including, but not limited to finances. Businesses also took a head knock, especially those that were not on digital platforms. If anything, we’ve all learned that life can be unpredictable, no one would have thought we would be battling a global pandemic. 

Some also think that 2021 was even more challenging from day 1. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know at the end of the blog. For now, let’s plan our business finances. Whilst many things are out of our control, we are still in charge – let’s plan and prepare! 
Some also think that 2021 was even more challenging from day 1. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know at the end of the blog. For now, let’s plan our business finances. Whilst many things are out of our control, we are still in charge – let’s plan and prepare! 



3 tips to plan your business finances in 2022: 

Before anything, you need to set goals and objectives. Just to enlighten you: a goal is a desired result that you envision and commit to achieve, while an objective is a strategy or implementation steps to attain the identified goal. 

Start here: How much money do you want to make in 2021? (Goal)

Secondly: How many products do you have to sell, or clients do you have to serve to make that amount? (Objective) 

Have you had that figured? Let’s get started; 

Budgeting – this can never get old, it helps you navigate where every rand goes. “budgeting is knowing where your money is going, and not wondering where it went”.

To help you get started, here are six steps to create your financial plan:

1️⃣ To start off, think about what you want to accomplish and ask yourself… Do I need to expand? Do I need more equipment? Do I need to hire more staff? Do I need other new resources? Most importantly, how will my plan affect my cash flow?

2️⃣ Create monthly financial projections by recording your anticipated income based on sales forecasts and anticipated expenses for labor, supplies, overhead, etc..

3️⃣ Through the year, compare actual results with your projections to see if you’re on target or need to adjust. Monitoring helps you spot financial problems before they get out of hand.

We wrote a full blog on this, see here: https://accasesolutions.co.za/2021/05/27/plan-to-succeed-finance/

Pricing – pricing directly defines your positioning – it tells people where you are in your business. Do you have to increase your prices? Let’s dive a bit into this: 


Although this is not compulsory, it’s worth considering. Sometimes demand outstrips supply, there’s inflation and all those kind of things to consider. Review your prices and consider raising them. Take a solo entrepreneur that runs a consulting business for instance – attending workshops, seminars, taking online courses here and there – that’s a lot of knowledge for someone to charge the same rate year in, year out. 

The more you learn the more you earn, it’s not clichè. Businesses charge for their value, not cost of production, etc. But it’s important to remember that whatever you do, have your target customer in mind. Don’t overprice. 

Things to consider when pricing your services:

1. Figure out your service delivery costs – fixed and variable costs

2. How many hours it takes you to deliver your service

3. Taxes

4. Account for dry season and holidays

5. Most importantly, profit. 

…for products, you might want to consider:

1. Cost of production/manufacturing 

2. Cost of delivery

3. Market price 

4. Taxes

5. Profit 


A few other things many people consider this:

* What is everyone else charging? 

* What is the top person in your industry charging? 

* Where do you fall?

Savings and investment – we preach this all the time, but is it ever enough? Would your business survive another hard lockdown? 

There are 3 most important things to take into serious consideration in 2022: savings accounts; emergency account, investment, and insurance (if need be). 

Savings and investments are important for your personal and business reasons. Savings means keeping your money, investment means growing your money: both are important. With savings, you can have specific goals attached to it – this also helps decline you to be committed. 

When it comes to emergencies and/ or unforeseen circumstances, many like to say that your emergency account should at least have 6 months of your monthly earnings for unforeseen circumstances: if you earn R10 000 per month, your savings account should at least have R60 000. 

The pandemic taught us the importance of all these accounts, we never know what will hit us tomorrow. When it comes to insurance, it really depends on the type of business you have, or even where you are (stage) in your business. These are things you might want to consider factoring in, in 2022. They go in your budget and come first. 

Here’s a comparison of different banks and institutions to help you make decisions for 2021:  https://www.google.co.za/amp/s/moneytoday.co.za/best-savings-accounts/amp/ 


Let us know your thoughts – opinions and comments, feel free to add your tips as well!

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Savings: 5 Ways To Improve Your Financial Health.

Let’s take it back a little, Savings Month is more than just a hashtag or buzz. Everyone was pumped up about it but above the hype, it was to raise awareness. Let’s break it down. 

[Background] What is Savings Month? 

Savings Month is a campaign by the South African Savings Institute (SASI) to raise savings awareness nationally in July annually, and the main objective of the campaign is to bring together financial experts to provide insights on savings through the #waystosave financial education initiative that:

  • Promotes debate around key aspects of saving
  • Raise awareness of the benefits of short, medium and long term planning
  • Build relationships with key partners to leverage future opportunities
  • Get consumers to move from ennui into action


2021 Theme

SASI CEO Gerald Mwandiambira said that in 2021, the focus is on driving awareness around how savings knowledge must be understood and accessible in more South African languages. Everyone can find ways to save in their own language. 

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.“ ~ Nelson Mandela 

Now more than ever – amid the pandemic, it’s critical to be money smart. Report by the SARB Financial Stability Review shows improvement in household savings, but also shows we can save when under pressure. It is important to also note that South Africa still has one of the lowest Household Savings Ratios in the world. 

In our increasingly tough economic environment we need to find ways to save and avoid the credit trap. We looked at saving by cutting costs on our blog on How To Cut Costs In Your Business, now let’s look at how you can use your money wisely to improve your overall financial health. 

5 steps to improve your financial health:

1️⃣ Attach yourself to a savings goal 

Although it’s a good thing to have big goals/dreams, it’s always wise to break it down to smaller bits. It’s motivating as it doesn’t seem far fetched. Set small, medium and long term goals. 

2️⃣ Draw a budget, including savings 

It is said “A budget is telling you where your money goes instead of wondering where it went”. Now the question is, do you know where your money goes? 

Just to add on popular advise that you to save at least 10% of your income towards your savings, we advise it is the first thing you do before spending.

 

3️⃣ Automate your savings

You can discuss this with your bank, or use apps invented to automatically deduct money from your money – into your savings account every month. Apps like 22seven, Moneysmart, My Financial Life, and many more! 

With FNB for instance, you can schedule recurring payments into any of your accounts like savings account, and even your credit card. 

4️⃣ Track to improve your bad spending habits 

There’s a method some/most people use to do this…where you print out your monthly statements to see where most of your money goes. 

This does not only help you navigate where your money goes, but it also helps you see where are you WASTING your money. Like eating take aways a lot, or frequently purchasing airtime via cellphone banking when you can find a reasonable data plan that works for you. 

5️⃣ Live within your means 

There’s nothing more important than this. You may be earning the same salary with your colleagues, but your responsibilities may not be the same and therefore you can’t spend the same… like buying lunch from the cafeteria everyday, or going out for drinks every Friday night. 

It’s important to focus on your budget and financial goals, don’t go where the wind blows or your money will finish just like that.  Focus. 

We hope these help you in some way, we would love to hear how you save money and stay committed.