You don’t have to be rich to start your own business, but you do need some financial savvy and a strong plan. Planning ahead and understanding your goals and how you can realistically reach them is a huge part of driving long-term success. Business owners who reach out to other experienced professionals to get advice about the legal, account and human resource aspects of starting a small business can save themselves a lot of trouble later. Here are three simple tips for helping ensure financial stability for your start up.

First, set a budget and make sure you know where the money is coming from. The web is full of stories about entrepreneurs who personally paid for the bootstrapping of a startup, but that’s not always the best approach. If you have a family and other obligations, it’s easy for business expenses to eat into personal funds. It’s also easy for business expenses to grow out of control if you aren’t keeping a close eye on them and ensuring they stay within budget.

Next, have a plan for investing in your start up. You can’t always rely on immediate profits to support the first year or two of operations, so you really need a pool of funds to draw from. It’s also important to be able to offer the best services or products, which means being able to afford good employees, materials and equipment.

Finally, understand your options for business financing and what ramifications each comes with. Small business grants are a possibility, but they are very specific and competitive. Loans and investors are more likely options, but work with legal professionals so you understand what strings are attached to each opportunity.

Source: Tech.Co, “The Top 4 Tips for Starting Your Own Business on a Budget,” Daffa Zaky, April 10, 2017