Friday, April 14, 2017

How Much Should You Pay Yourself as a Business Owner?



It’s your business and your budget—which means the size of your paycheck is entirely up to you. But while the freedom of setting your own salary sounds great in theory, in practice, most business owners find it a tough call. Should you pay yourself what you need to cover expenses? What your business can afford? The salary you left behind to launch your business?

Your best bet is to factor in all three—and a whole lot more. Obviously, you want your business to succeed and may be willing to accept a temporary drop in income to make that happen. On the other hand, paying yourself far less than you’re worth, or nothing at all, paints an unrealistic picture of the viability of your business for both you and any investors you hope to appeal to now or in the future.

How Much Should You Pay Yourself as a Business Owner?

It’s your business and your budget—which means the size of your paycheck is entirely up to you. But while the freedom of setting your own ...