Are you always falling behind in your bills? You can’t find any money after payday? You’ve thought about using your credit cards or taking out a loan just to keep food on the table?
This article can help you then to get you into the mindset of thinking of running personal finance affairs and your home like a business. If you do that and run your home or personal finances like a corporation does. Your life will become much easier and you will find money and resources you never knew you had. You say you don’t know how to do those things. Great! Then you will learn some new skills along the way.
I will offer up a simple solution and 3 optional plans A, B, and C you can follow if you so choose. Each will do the job with varying degrees of sophistication and costs. You need a model to work off. The simplest way to run a household or a business is to have a model to work from. To most people that means a spreadsheet. You can get many templates to do this from the internet. You can then do it way millions of other people are doing their finances. You could also do it with a ledger, which is the way it has been done since Dickens’s day in”A Christmas Carol.”
I prefer a third alternative and that is to use multiple notebooks I call:
Plan A: The Economy Approach
- Notebook 1 – General Ledger – Money in Money out.
- Notebook 2 – Home Inventory – Items – Value.
- Notebook 3 – Code #s to define your activities in your life and home.
- Order book – Keep track of exactly where all the money is going by order #.
- Notebook 4 – Keep Track of your time.
In the Business world, this would be called 100% activity reporting.
You are forced to:
Inventory your Assets and Codify your activities.
You discover where your money and resources are going and what you really have available.
By tracking your time you find the time thatyou are wasting. and thus allows you to budget and conserve it.
Time lost can never be replaced.
At first, it will be awkward and your family will not be happy with it or you. But, stick with it and it will become automatic. You will then start to discover where things can be cut and reallocated to save time and money.
Plan B: A Simpler Method
Plan B would be considered the midsize version. It has more options, is simpler, and has absolutely everything you need.
It’s called Business in a Box. Yes, I know you are working on a home budget. But, a home is a business and so is your life and job as well. After 2008, everything has changed and it is time for you to change to compete in a tougher market economy.
Business is a box is 1300 formatted forms that are used to start a business. One of the first forms is a home budget all ready for you use and fill in. In fact, in the older version I own, I used to actually run a business and I only used four of the forms under General Administration. This package will get you into business habits that run a successful home as well as a business.
Here it is for you to look at:
But, there of course is Plan C to consider.
Plan C: The Full Sized Option
My Ultimate Solution to running a home budgeting was to automate everything and here is how I did it. I had my boss way back when order me a copy of QuickBooks Pro and I created amulti-million dollar computer network for her using it to plan, budget and order hundreds of servers and support systems.
I have since bought and used it formy home and personal consulting businesssince 1996.
I mean Pro not the checkbook or any of the cutdown stuff. If you are going to run a professional business or a home your can’t skimp. Here it is: http://search2.quickbooks.com/quickbooks-a?gclid=CNuCtvHx6b4CFZRffgodBEoAVQ&cid=ppc_G_Exact_US_QBDT_US_B_QuickBooks Desktop_Exact_Tier2_G_S_quickbooks pro_txt&ef_id=Uzz26wAAAVDmZBqd:20140608084534:s
The neat thing is you can download it for free and play with it to see if everything I am going to tell you nest is crazy or not.
When it comes up, it will ask you for name and business name etc…
What you want to do is select a service business with the product option. You will get a bewildering number but keep those two options in mind.
This gives you the ability to enter services and products into an inventory.
Now you have options to fill in budget information, which is then indexed and codified for you. (See simpler already). It now also will maintain your banking and inventory of household goods and activities.
This is why I said choose both options. You now have an automated system that runs your home just like a company.
House repairs become Job proposals and job orders with estimates that print out. You now know how much a new pool will cost out, as it becomes a job order. So planning becomes a snap.
Time tracking becomes automated as well. You will start to see where you could again reallocate your time to get things down and not have to rob Peter to pay Paul.
We used to call that the 7Ps. Look it up on the internet. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7_Ps_(military_adage) It is just as true now as when I was serving my country.
You now have Plans A, B, C that can handle any Home budgeting need you will ever have to face. Your home will start to stabilize and if you should desire it, you could quite easily explore actually running a home based business, as you will already have developed many of the skills needed by running your home like a business.
I would call that an education that is worth the price and a Win-Win for you and your family. But if you don’t have enough money to start your business try taking out a loan to get your business up and going. Run your home like a business, you will have more money, free time and peace of mind knowing that you are doing the necessary things to guide your home safely and have it survive in these uncertain waters of the 2nd decade of the 21st century
Your home will start ot stabilize and if you should desire it you could quite easily explore actually running a home based business as you will already have developed many of the skills by running your home like a business.
I would call that an education that is worth the price and a Win-Win for you and your family.