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Apr 19, 2024

This Podcast Is Episode 572, And It's About Budgeting, Forecasting, And Goal-Setting In Your Construction Company


If you're like many construction business owners, you may need help understanding your finances or how you can use your financial information to make decisions for your business. We often get into business because we love a product or service we want to provide, but it's less common that we love managing the financial aspects of our business. 
As a construction company owner, you have the best chances of success when you regularly set budgets, develop financial forecasts, and establish goals. Budgeting, forecasting, and goal-setting are best business practices that can help you stay on track and ensure long-term success. 

The M.A.P. Way

Budgets are invaluable business tools because they help you manage your finances effectively. A budget is a plan for how you will spend money in the coming year. It's connected to setting goals, such as setting aside money for promotional expenses (Marketing), hiring a subcontractor, or outsourcing tasks (Production). Forecasting helps you look at your finances (Accounting) in the short term to ensure they align with your business's long-term strategy. Goals help you establish your financial priorities and set a plan for moving your business forward. 

1. Budgeting - as your roadmap

A budget is a plan for how your business will spend its money. It is a roadmap that helps you reach all your business's goals and objectives, including financial ones.

Budgeting involves tracking your expenses, revenue, and profits and making informed decisions about where to allocate resources. By creating a budget, you can keep track of your finances and ensure that you are spending appropriately in any particular area. 

Having a budget will help you control cash flow. It will also help ensure that your construction business stays on track with spending so you don't pay more than you bring in. A budget also lets you know when you have enough money in your accounts to meet expenses such as payroll, taxes, and bills. If you don't have enough cash to cover your costs, you can revise your budget to free up additional money.

Lastly, budgets allow you to understand how money flows into and out of your business, which makes it easier to meet your immediate financial needs while planning a sustainable future.

2. Forecasting - to avoid roadblocks

Forecasting is a great way to determine your business's future profit and loss. It enables you to predict future cash flow, sales, expenses, etc.

Financial forecasting can help you manage your finances by enabling you to anticipate what might happen and plan accordingly. By analyzing trends and patterns in your construction business, you can predict potential challenges and opportunities. This can help prevent overspending or under-budgeting during slow periods or high-demand seasons. 

This also allows you to provide accurate budget projections when seeking funding from banks or investors, which can help you make informed decisions and avoid potential roadblocks. 

3. Goal-setting - to help you budget and forecast more effectively

Your goals enable you to set a vision for your business and implement steps to achieve it. For example, if you want to bring in 5 new clients in the next two months, you must explore whether your marketing budget can accommodate that and adjust accordingly. 

If you aim to hire additional staff, you can look at your forecast to determine the best time to hire–and how long it will take to build up the revenue to bring in new people. 

Focus your efforts and increase your chances of achieving your goals according to the SMART guidelines: Specific, Measurable, Achievable (Attainable), Realistic, and Time-Bound.

Start by defining your top three business goals for the next four quarters. Then, with those in mind, do some research to help you decide on the best way to achieve them and a reasonable timeline for meeting specific targets. 

Setting realistic and achievable goals can motivate your team and measure progress. This helps ensure everyone is working towards a common objective and that your business is moving in the right direction. Additionally, goals enable everyone on your team to know what you're working towards so they can feel engaged and take ownership of progress. 

Strategize for long-term growth

Practical accounting means managing day-to-day finances while making provisions for future growth. Software and cloud-based solutions offer easy ways to track your financials, but they also generate reports and provide analytic tools construction business owners can use for future forecasting.

Familiarize yourself with the reports your software can generate to track long-term trends, identify and mitigate risk, and discover new ways to increase profitability. Talk to your accountant about which reports and metrics are most important for your business and how to utilize them. 

Construction business owners like you are rarely trained accountants. Don't try to manage your company's finances alone. Collaborate with a trusted professional, invest in quality IT solutions, and familiarize yourself with relevant tools and trends. 

Final thoughts

Budgeting allows you to understand how money flows into and out of your business, which makes it easier to meet your immediate financial needs while planning a sustainable future. Forecasting encourages you to examine your records and anticipate the future so you are prepared for fluctuations in your cash flow. Goal setting creates your vision for the future so you can identify financial priorities. 

All three are essential to building a sustainable and thriving business, but accountability is critical. Set up dedicated time at least once per quarter to review your progress. You don't have to go through this alone; let me know how I can help.


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About The Author:

Sharie_DeHart_President_Fast_Easy_Accounting_Serving_Contractors_All_Across_The_USA_Including_Alaska_And_Hawaii-1Sharie DeHart, QPA, co-founded Business Consulting And Accounting in Lynnwood, Washington. She is the leading expert in managing outsourced construction bookkeeping and accounting services companies and cash management accounting for small construction companies across the USA. She encourages Contractors and Construction Company Owners to stay current on their tax obligations. She offers insights on managing the remaining cash flow to operate and grow their construction company sales and profits so they can put more money in the bank. Call 1-800-361-1770 or