Financial Startup Basics


Financial complexity can be overwhelming when beginning an enterprise. Understanding key startup financial terms will allow you to make educated decisions and effectively manage your resources.

Basic Bookkeeping: Accurate records form the core of financial planning. It is a necessity for any startup hoping to secure funding from lenders or investors. This includes GAAP compliant financial statements (income and expenses) cash flow, a balance sheet.

Revenue & Costs – Monitoring and tracking operational expenses, revenue along with other costs is an essential element of the financial startup fundamentals. This process aids startup founders to manage customer acquisition, churn, as well as revenue growth. It also helps them understand impact of pricing at the customer and product features, as well as other variables on their bottom line.

Financing: Startups usually rely on personal loans and credit cards to finance their operations. This is costly and risky for startups, particularly when they fail to meet their obligations to pay. Alternative methods of financing for startups include business lines of credit leasing equipment, equipment, and crowdsourcing platforms.

Cash Flow: Startups require to know their cash flow at any time. This can be a challenge for companies that bill annually or in arrears based upon usage, but aren’t able to provide an accurate view of their cash position over time. Startups can prevent cash flow issues by streamlining the process of payment, making sure vendor payments are made in a timely manner and accurately recording ownership equity.