Personal Financial Statement – Creating a Business Plan
In the previous installment of this series, we went over your management and organization. Now we’ll take a look at your personal financial statement.
According to SCORE, in the simplest of terms, a personal financial statement is a snapshot of your personal financial situation at a specific point in time.
New businesses may use this statement to get the loans/financing they need to get things up and running. For existing businesses, it can be used to lease additional workspaces or access capital for new equipment or if you’re purchasing another business for further expansion.
Your comprehensive financial statement should include the following:
- Your home and other properties you own, such as rentals and commercial property
- Checking and savings accounts
- Stocks and bonds
- Retirement accounts
- Life insurance accounts
- Collectibles, jewelry, art, etc.
- Personal loans (mortgage, student, auto, etc.)
- Credit card balances
- Taxes due
- Money owed due to judgments or liens
This section should focus on the business owner and not business assets/liabilities. That information will be included in another section. The assets of your spouse, if you have one, should be here
It’s important that you’re as transparent as possible here. Providing false information is a violation of federal law and could result in fines and criminal prosecution.
In the next installment of this series, we’ll look at the financial history and analysis portion of your business plan.
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Scott Jones is Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager at Regions | EnerBank. For over ten years, he's focused on helping home improvement contractors sell more projects and make more money. He's worked with hundreds of contractors of various sizes, from $500,000 to $150 million in annual revenue. Before joining EnerBank, Scott spent several years in management roles, including with Pella Windows.