A budget is an important management tool. Being a projection of your income against your expenses you can check it at any time to see how well or how poorly your business is doing. The value of a budget is in direct proportion to the accuracy of the figures you use to create it. Here are some precautions to take to keep your budget figures accurate.
Use Realistic Projections
Since a budget is based on projections there’s always an element of uncertainty involved in estimating inputs. It pays to be conservative regarding things such as sales forecasts. If they turn out to be better than estimated, that’s great and provides the opportunity to distribute the extra around to advantage.