You can be super talented at what you do, but STILL not make money and this is the most frustrating problem of all. If you have a problem with debt, it's important not to panic but don't ignore it either - it wont go away.
Sometimes taking on debt is unavoidable in order to keep your business afloat. However, getting into debt doesn't mean you have to stay there. You may have created a detailed budget when you started your business, but when was the last time you revisited that budget? It's easy for additional expenses to creep in and for circumstances to change. If you're in debt, your budget is no longer working. Now is the time to sit down and take a good, hard look at the ledger to find out what's gone wrong.

Managing debt is a very important part of running a small business. In personal finance, debt is often frowned upon, only considered acceptable for big, long-term purchases like your home. But when it comes to the business world, a little bit of debt isn't bad - just so long as it's used in moderation and for the right reasons.

The Pros and Cons of Business Debt

When you're trying to run your business, taking on just the right amount of debt can help your company thrive. That's because used properly, business debt can help you grow and expand, or to to temporarily buffer your cash flow during a slow period.
Having no, or very little, debt allows your business to be able to better weather changes in the economy or your market, but it often makes it difficult for a small business or start-up to really take off.
At the other end of the spectrum, having too much debt can leave you vulnerable to even the smallest shortcomings in revenue, and be a danger to your cash flow and financial solvency.
When it comes to taking on debt, look for the products with the most favorable terms and lowest interest rates. If you are able to obtain a fixed line of credit for your company, this is often better than higher interest corporate credit cards.

The Perfect Level of Debt

When looking at the business world broadly, there is no such thing as the perfect level of debt. The right amount of debt to take on will vary significantly from industry to industry, and even from business to business. As a rule of thumb, the more volatile your market segment is, the less debt you should aim to carry.
One of the best and simplest ways of measuring your business' finances is by calculating your debt-to-equity ratio. This is done by adding up all of your company's long term debt, and then dividing that figure by your total equity. By consulting industry trade organizations, or conducting your own online research, you should be able to track down average debt-to-equity ratios for your business type to use for comparison.

What To Do if You Have Too Much Debt

If you're worried that your company has taken on too much debt, there are steps you can take to help protect yourself. Since the biggest threat of having too much debt is the inability to react to financial changes, you should position yourself to have a little more cushion in your cash flow. This means focusing on ways to reduce cost, working with current customers to drive up revenue, and negotiating lower interest rates or longer loan terms with creditors.
If your list of debt is too long, you may even want to consider a business debt consolidation loan to wrap everything into a more manageable package.

Finding the right capital structure for your business won't always be easy, and as your business changes, so will the perfect level of debt. Taking on too much debt can be a financial nightmare - one that often ends poorly. For savvy entrepreneurs however, properly staying on top of debt can help their companies expand and better solidify their future.

No debt problems are unsolvable. It might not be easy or quick, but there's always a route. The earlier you deal with them, the easier they are to deal with.

Author's Bio: 

With a background in both the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds, and a business-savvy eye, Tracey and her talented team create solutions catered to the needs of each individual client. No matter which process needs to be overhauled or streamlined—whether it’s recruitment, team building, hiring, or training-Tracey and her team easily remove the lag that encumbers a business, and thoroughly nurture its strengths.

With a ground-floor-up approach, Tracey Fieber Business Solutions simplifies the entanglements of day-to-day business by implementing sustainable practices. In turn, entrepreneurs can experience what unfettered focus affords their business pursuits: limitless success.