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Common sense rules on how to prevent getting bankrupt

To a business owner, nothing can be more disturbing than the thought of bankruptcy.  Though sometimes it cannot be avoided, most business owners would try and do everything to save their companies from crumbling down and their time, effort, and resources from being wasted.

Sometimes financing a business may go wrong and owners find themselves in the situation of filing for bankruptcy, which involves going to court and spending money on legal fees, not to mention the time and effort spent on it. In this case, prevention could have been better than cure and owners may have asked themselves what they could have done to avoid it in the first place.

Naturally there are ways how you can avoid it and here are some simple rules to follow:

•    Make sure you have enough cash to bankroll a business. One of the most common problems of startup businesses is the lack of capital which sometimes results in bad loans and debts. Capital is necessary for all businesses to stay afloat during the early stages of operation. To make sure you have enough capital, you may take investors to join you in business or borrow money from banks or other financial institution. To avoid taking in unnecessary loans, determine first how much your business needs by making a business study before starting the business.

•    Find the right people for your business. Business owners surely do not want to waste their money paying for the services of non-performing workers and employees. As a startup business, you need new ideas and new people; therefore you may need a change of people or management.  Since you need to infuse new ideas, you may also need to change people.

•    Review your finances. To prevent financial problems, it is also important that you make a regular check of your financial statements and try to identify possible problems that may arise. In this way, you may be able to prevent a problem before it occurs.

•    Get a financial or management consultant. Hiring a consultant who specializes in financial management, for instance, can help your struggling business to avoid mistakes in the initial stages of operation. An expert consultant can provide you with fresh perspective on issues and help revitalize your business.

•    Consider your options. Though filing for bankruptcy is legally allowed, try to think of plans on how to avoid it. Weigh your options and try to formulate plans to address a particular business situation or scenario. In this way, you can prevent problems from worsening and becoming a full-blown issue that may eventually lead to failure or bankruptcy.

Filing for bankruptcy may be the last thing that any businessman would want and the sooner you can identify possible financial problems in business, the better you can avoid bankruptcy. Though bankruptcy is considered normal occurrence in these hard economic times, it may not do well to improve your business record, especially with creditors and financial institutions such as banks. Therefore, as much as possible, try avoid failure in business by following these simple rules.

About the author
 
Steven Boccone is a New York-born economist, financial analyst and manager. He has worked for various financial institutions worldwide and currently manages a US-based global marketing company. He is an art lover, a traveler, and he maintains his own business blog.
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