There is a lot of things entrepreneurship has taught me in the almost seven years of running businesses. One of those things I was not expecting at all. Entrepreneurship forced me to become better at math if I really wanted to succeed in life. There was a time I believed in the stereotype that guys with pocket protectors were good at math and I would be destine to be horrible at.
Around the last week of December I was tweeting with Candice about student loan debt and more. Sharing how that year I had paid off $30,000 worth of debt. Well, thats the same plan this year. Paying off $30,000 worth of student loan debt. The exact amount is $28,667.89 which comprises of 5 separate loans. As mention in this article on tackling debt while a small business owner, I have a amassed a stupid amount of debt before I was even 25 and I am fixing it now. If all goes to plan I will be debt free before 32.
In the last couple months, I have wrote more and more about my personal finances and being as transparent as possible with you my audience. Honestly, I never sent out to be some type of trailblazer for transparency when it comes to my business. I just decided that I would be an open book mainly so no one could throw my past mistakes in my finance. Owning up to where I was in my past and where I am now as a business owner.
Recently, I’ve noticed more people are holding off on their dreams or they’re putting them on the back burner. They will say it’s their dream to bring in $50,000 a year with their business or that they want to be able to pay themselves $2,000 a month. The most commonly used phrase regarding dreams is that “I want to quit my job to pursue my dreams but I can’t afford to do so”.
I have had a love hate relationship with my finances for a good percentage of my adult life. The other day I was out shopping with my sister, and I said she was so frugal when it came to purchasing something. She said that she got our dad’s frugal genes and I got our mother’s frivolous genes. In the last two years, I have improved my financial situation. My “it’s not cute being in debt” Aha moment really changed my life.
If you’re running a small business or plan on launching one it is imperative for you to have a business checking and savings account that is separate from your personal accounts. Last month, in 5 Ways To Create Money Habits a commentator asked me to dig deeper into this topic matter.
While I’m growing my business, the main goal for my personal life right now is to be debt free from all student loans and commercial debt (credit cards). As mentioned in, Establishing A Better Relationship With Money and Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich, I have been working on this for some years now. Some people will say that when you start a business it’s okay to have business owner debt and others might say that they can’t afford to get out of personal debt while simultaneously starting a business. I just wanted to share with you all, how I have cut my debt in half and will be hopefully debt free by the end of 2016.
Three years ago, I was a horrible manager of my money. That’s putting it nicely. Money would come in and go out the same day. I had no self-control or balance to my finances. I just did what I wanted. This was a disaster in the making. To break it down, I had missed payments on my student loans and a few other bills. In addition to that, I had no real savings account.
A good majority of American’s are two paychecks away from being homeless. We have become a society that depends upon our checks to always come in and help me out. We rely daily on our credit cards to live. It shouldn’t be this way. So, I am going to get real transparent on what I did to change my finances. This is going to work for some people and not others.
If you are one of the millions of individuals trying to build wealth that last for generations, you are also one of those people looking to save additional funds every month. As I get closer to 30 years of age I realize that I need to have more money in my saving account. I’m no longer a teen or young adult who can depend on her parents to fund her lifestyle or take care of life expectancies such as new car, wedding, down-payment on a house, fix my washer and dryer, or other things that happen when you become a real adult.
I feel like I have been talking non-stop about money lately on the site. However, it has been for a good reason. Becoming knowledgeable about your business finances is important. Personally I believe, it’s easier to digest hearing about certain topics from another women versus a man who may belittle you or make you feel bad. I want to educate millions of women on how to run a business that grows and can change the world.
So many people just jump head first into starting a small business with their only thought being about making money. They don’t put any time into how they will manage the money once it starts rolling in, especially not when it comes to managing how they pay themselves. Clients always ask how do I manage my income. Here’s my answer.