I never have to reinvent the wheel. And as a professional accountant, you can imagine how many different "wheels" I use every day! Profit & Loss statements, Balance Sheets, Cash Flow Forecasts, Time Sheets, Break_Even Analyses, Margin Calculations, Business Plans, etc, etc. When using your own prior work as a financial template, you get another benefit _ you are so familiar with the template that it takes you no time to figure out how to use it. And each time you refine it just a little bit more. So pretty soon your templates run like a Swiss watch! All the bugs have been worked out, you have tested it with many different clients and many different business scenarios and you know you have something you can depend on. Financial Templates as Tools _ For someone who is not a finance professional, financial templates serve a slightly different purpose. They still save time, of course, but they also provide a tool that person would have to pay someone else to develop.
In the Operating Expense Budget Section otherwise called OPEX, the details you may include are the following: o Advertising Costs o Delivery Costs o Other Employee Benefits o Insurance o Interests o Office Supplies o Postage o Maintenance and repairs o Telephone and other utilities o Rent and mortgage o Taxes _ There are other operating expenses you encounter and you have to put all of them in the template. Budgeting on a per period basis is likewise necessary herewith. If you are already in operation for a while, you must review the average periodical expenses and budget for operating expenses accordingly. Based on your average monthly or quarterly operating expenses, budget two period when necessary. If this is not possible, use the average based on the past 3 months or three quarters. Ensure that you pickup the highest period cost to ensure that your budgeting is enough to cover any spike on your costs.