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It's no secret that developing your own business is a major feat. But that doesn't stop millions of people around the world from getting started. In fact, there are over 400 million entrepreneurs operating worldwide. Of course, for your business venture to actually succeed, it's important to make sure your finances are in order. Financial hurdles are one of the leading causes of why small businesses fail.

So what can you do to keep your finances safe and secure while building your miniature empire? Here are four tips you can use to keep your money safe.

1. Keep Your Assets Protected

When you're a small business owner, the idea of protecting your assets like someone in the big leagues might seem ridiculous on the surface. But crime, accidents, and natural disasters happen and they hit the little guys the hardest. The last thing you want is to have essential documents go up in flames during a freak house fire. Fortunately, private vaults allow you to store assets like essential documents, gold and silver bullion, and more in safes that are designed to keep the elements (and criminals) out. You can use private safes to help protect your cash reserves, too.

2. Outsource Your Finance Function

Finance function is an essential part of your business' financial management, which is the actual control and planning of your financial resources. When you're working solo or with a small group of people, outsourcing is ideal because it saves time, improves accuracy, and helps you make the right financial decisions. What's more, up to 75 percent of U.S. and European multinational firms use outsourcing or shared services for their own financial functions, too.

3. Try To Keep Debt To A Minimum

Debt is often a major downfall for small businesses. While it's easy to assume that you'll make the money back quickly after borrowing once your business takes off, it's important to consider the very real possibility that your business may not take off at all. Don't take out business loans to access capital unless it's absolutely necessary. The less you owe, the better.

4. Prioritize Data Security

The great Equifax data breach wasn't so long ago, and hackers have only gotten bolder during the COVID-19 pandemic now that a greater number of people are working remotely. Make sure that you're prioritizing data security when you're an entrepreneur whether it's your customers' data, your company's data, or your own personal data. Keep up-to-date with software changes and never leave gaps in your security. You might not think you're a major catch when it comes to cybercrime if you're a small business, but hackers will go after what they can get.

When you're an entrepreneur, it can be challenging to safeguard your finances. However, if you really want your business to succeed, it's important to be smart with your spending and your financial security. Don't let your ambition get the better of your wits.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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