How to Estimate Start-Up Costs for Your Company
By Angela Sanders Friday, April 26, 2013, 01:43 AM EDT
When a company is established, there are many start-up costs which you have to pay. Start-up costs can be considerable and you should know an exact figure. If you are only aware of an approximate figure, you will not know how much will be spent in the first few weeks and months of trading. Here’s how you can estimate the start-up costs for your company.
Calculate Raw Materials
A construction or carpentry company will need to purchase a lot of raw materials. By calculating the total sum of money which will probably have to be paid on raw materials, you will know an accurate figure and not roughly how much it will be.
There are many travelling costs which a start-up business might have to pay. If a business’s head office is not near A-Roads or motorways, additional expense can accrue because employees will have to travel further. A freelance professional might constantly travel from one customer to another. As petrol prices frequently change, it can be very difficult to calculate the exact amount which will be spent on travelling costs. However, when an approximate figure is worked out, you can budget more effectively.
If you have already posted advertisements for jobs, you will know roughly how much a wage bill will be. By specifying in a job advertisement about what the wage will be for the roles you are hiring for, a total sum of money can be calculated. If you will be offering bonuses and incentives to staff, this should also be taken into consideration.
If you are renting a building, this should also be added to the other costs of your start-up business. Although the amount of money which is spent on rent can increase, you will know the initial figure that has to be paid.
A company might spend a lot of money every month on its stationery. Packs of paper and printer ink are some of the many stationery items which a business will have to pay. However, to get a cheaper deal, you should get stationery from a supplier that is able to provide a wide range of items at reasonable prices. As a contract with a stationer supplier can be for a set amount of money, you will know how much will be spent every month.
Write Down All Utility Bills
A start-up business will have to pay many different utility bills. Electricity, gas, water and sewage are some of the many bills which a start-up business has to pay. As soon as you receive your first bill, you should write it down. Some bills might be for a set amount of money and you will know how much it is long before your first bill arrives.
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