How much time does it take to answer a “simple” question like, “What was our revenue for X customer last month?” I once had a private equity investor grumble at me with a tone of complete and utter annoyance. He had asked one of our portfolio company’s controllers that question and received the response, “Can I get back to you on that tomorrow?”
I have built hundreds of budgets and projections for businesses (yes, that many!). After the first 50 or so, I found myself asking a key set of questions. Here are the top six most important things to think about when building a budget.