In the Personnel Expense Budget Section include the salaries for the following: o Office Personnel o Store Personnel o Sales People o Other personnel necessary in the operations. Ideally, you budget expenses for a quarter in the personnel expense budget. This is for the first three months of operations where you are not expecting profits to come in as yet. You may have receivables during the first few months of operations but they may need to be earmarked for other operating expenses and thus your budget needs to be sufficient for the first quarter. Even if you are budgeting for the year and is already in full operations budgeting for three months is still a good rule of thumb. If you are already comfortable with your budgeting and timing of receivables, only then can you budget two months for personnel expense budget.
Once this person has a financial template, they can use it to create forms the template will simply guide them through. The mere fact that the template has certain line items _ like the Balance Sheet, for example, forces you to think in a well_organized fashion and gather the information according to the structure of the template _ cash balances, accounts receivable, fixed assets, liabilities, etc. The same goes for a Business Plan. A well_designed financial template can steer you away from making some fundamental mistakes. A client of mine brought me a self_prepared Business Plan once and we both smiled at the many line items he had on his Profit & Loss statement which really belonged on a Balance Sheet. With a professionally designed template, he wouldn't have made that mistake.