Cutting excessive spending is one of those subjects constantly on the mind of business owners. Where to start, on the other hand, is often elusive. Let's take a look at seven ways to get a handle on your company money.

Learn Accounting

Many people would be astonished to know how few business owners actually understand accounting. Learning how double-entry accounting works will give you a gigantic head start on everything else you need to know about your company finances.

Hire an Accountant

For all those financial dilemmas you can't handle on your own with your journeyman's study of accounting concepts, you'll need someone who specializes. Having a good accountant on your team is at least as important as the next priority.


Nowhere on your books will you find more potential for overspending than in your tax categories. Although it will very likely take you far more time than you might think its worth, tea the time to understand how taxes affect your business and learn from other business owners and financial experts how you can take advantage of some of the more common and effective techniques for minimizing or even eliminating some of your tax liability in the future.

Learn Your Books

Believe it or not, there are companies out there that can help you navigate some of the more arcane documents your accountant and financial records will produce. Firms like Navicor Consulting are often a good place to develop a better and more well-rounded understanding of your company's position in light of your financial statements, books and asset position. It also never hurts to get an experienced opinion on any complex subject. The larger your business, the more likely this kind of advice will help.

Forget the Pennies

Don't get caught up in how thick your coffee filters are. This is the fastest way for a business to go broke, especially if there are considerable amounts being spent on things that you should be prioritizing but can't because you're too concerned about how many paper towels are being used in the office kitchen. Dollars before pennies is the best approach, because once you take care of the dollars, the pennies will take care of themselves.

Check Your Insurance

There are numerous mandatory insurance policies many businesses must carry. But there is no law that says you have to overspend on them. Once you get an accountant on board, have them go over your insurance policies with you to see if there are ways to reduce premiums while maintaining somewhat equivalent coverage. You might be surprised at how much you can save.

Cash Position

If you run a cash business and you are allowing funds to accumulate in the wrong kinds of accounts, it could be eating in to your opportunity costs for various kinds of investments. See about moving your cash into at least some kind of money market fund to avoid letting taxes and inflation eat your savings.

Author's Bio: 

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball.