Improve your financial knowledge

It's necessary to have at least some financial knowledge, regardless of whether you hire someone to manage your finances or you manage your own. Financial skills can help you make the right decisions, and help you discuss your finances with your accountant, advisor, financial institution, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and investors.

Why you need money management skills in business

Whether you're a self-employed tradesperson or running a retail, home-based or online business, it’s important to understand and manage your money wisely. When starting and running your business you’ll need to do things like:

Maintaining your own financial statements can also save you valuable time and money, and help convince lenders that you are a good candidate for receiving finance.

How to improve your financial literacy

Ways you can improve your financial knowledge and build your understanding of financial terms, financial statements and financial analysis, include:

  • Attend training

    Whether it's for yourself or a staff member, training is the best way to take control of your finances. There are a number of free or low-cost training options available to give you the right start, including the Be MoneySmart course available from the MoneySmart website. See also Events for details of your nearest courses, such as financial management basics, cash flow management or record keeping essentials.

  • Learn the terminology

    While financial jargon is difficult to avoid, developing your financial knowledge can give you better control over your finances. Learning the terminology can also give you a better understanding of your financial statements, and enable you to ask more specific and often more crucial questions. See our Financial glossary to familiarise yourself with financial terminology.

  • Ask questions

    Asking your accountant and/or business advisor questions can improve your understanding of your finances and increase your financial literacy. It can ensure you're fully informed before making financial decisions, as well as help you uncover possible errors.

    Rural financial counsellors help farmers, fishing enterprises, forest growers and harvesters, and small related businesses through their one-on-one service.

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