Enter in your cash flow forecast the amounts you will spend on:
- postage. You are likely to spend a certain amount on a regular basis, but every now and then you might decide to do a mail shot advertising your business and the services you offer. This will increase the amount you spend on postage in that month
- business stationery such as letterheads, invoices and so on. Your local printer will be able to give you an estimate of how much a package of essential business stationery costs. You will probably pay for this in month one or two and then reorder as necessary later in the year
- miscellaneous stationery items
- advertising. You might decide to advertise your business on a regular basis, for example in the local newspaper or business directory. You may decide to sponsor a local event or provide prizes for a charity raffle. You could have leaflets printed, which you distribute or send out as part of a mail shot - for example telling trade customers about the service you can provide and your prices. Perhaps you could leave some leaflets with building suppliers and garden centres - their customers may well be interested in your services too. You could consider having your own website to promote your business and to give customers an indication of your charges for collecting different types of waste
Once you have decided on your advertising strategy enter your estimate of the cost in the months in which you will spend the money.