India’s average small business owner makes about ₹850,000 ($10,963) a year. Depending on how you look at it, the amount could be low or high. Running a small business in India, the USA, or anywhere else is challenging.
Usually, the top three challenges are finances, logistics, and staying competitive. Fortunately, others have braved the odds to overcome these challenges. Indeed, there is room for growth. Below are a few of these troublesome issues and possible solutions.
Poor budget use or none at all
Drawing up a budget for your business is the first step to ensuring that your establishment keeps an eye on the numbers as much as possible. A budget is a guideline and a solid plan that helps your business attend to its day-to-day expenditure. Without one, it is almost impossible to monitor your spending or know when to apply the brakes when you go overboard. Unfortunately, this is a challenge several small businesses face.
Admittedly, a budget is not static. This is because certain unforeseen circumstances may derail plans. However, the well-planned budget becomes the blueprint to guide the business in its financial decisions. More often than not, small businesses that fail to commit to a budget often run out of cash at inconvenient times. At this point, some SMEs may resort to personal coffers to supplement the obvious lack of funds.
Going that tangent can deplete your personal funds and cause more problems if you have a family to maintain. As an entrepreneur, it is crucial to keep a close eye on business finances. This helps you avoid moving money from places you originally didn’t intend to.
Lack of accounting software
In 2019, the Economic Times of India reported an increase in the use of accounting software among small-medium enterprises. This led to better financial records storage. Moreover, the digital component of accounting software makes it easy to take care of tax processes. Some accounting software even has customer relationship management features.
However, despite the increased usage, the numbers are still not up to what the country can call impressive. Many small businesses in India still use old general ledgers, accounts receivables, etc. The lack of current accounting software makes it difficult to compete effectively in the 21st century. Hopefully, more of India’s small businesses will see the need to use some effective accounting software making waves in the country.
Lack of steady cash flow
In the business world, money is king. Every operation revolves around the availability of funds and how much is available. So, as a small business, you cannot underestimate the significance of steady cash flow to your establishment. Inconsistent cash flow can slow down your operations and eventually bring them to a halt.
Additionally, the lack of cash flow could compel small business owners to secure loans to support their businesses. The question here is, how would you pay back the lender with interest when your business continues to lack cash flow? One solution will be to look into the business’s overhead costs. It can be a real financial challenge when you have more money going out than coming in.