So what happens if you are NOT Financially Literate?
That’s the big question, and the answer, of course, is that it depends. For some people, not being financially literate may simply mean that they miss opportunities they might otherwise have taken advantage of. For others, not being financially literate may mean the difference between financial success and massive debt, or even bankruptcy.
For small businesses, the consequences of financial illiteracy can become catastrophic. Small businesses don’t have a lot of margin for error when it comes to their finances and financial literacy can mean the difference between a business that succeeds and one that fails. If you look at companies that have shown high growth over the years, you can bet they had some very financially literate people working behind the scenes!
Even if you’re not the one keeping the books for your company, you have to, at a minimum, look at your reports. Your financial reports are snapshots of your company’s growth – or decline, and you must be aware of what’s going on at all times in order to make sound decisions. If you’re relying on doing the math in your head based on sales, your business may go over budget, or you may not have cash flow on hand when you need it to make payroll or purchases.
Financial Literacy is also knowing when to ask for help. Rise Advisory make it simple for small business owners to gain an understanding of the basic financial numbers that will allow sound business decisions to grow your business.
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