Get Ready for 2015!

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Credit: Thinkstock StableManagement.com has published a number of articles that could be of benefit to you as you are wrapping up 2014 and getting ready to start a new year.

Credit: Thinkstock StableManagement.com has published a number of articles that could be of benefit to you as you are wrapping up 2014 and getting ready to start a new year.

StableManagement.com has published a number of articles that could be of benefit to you as you are wrapping up 2014 and getting ready to start a new year. Maybe you need to conduct an annual inventory, or get your budget ready for 2015, or even plan for a big purchase.

2015 might be the year you start offering lessons, or full board, or bring in an outside instructor. Maybe you are planning to build a barn, run-in shed or indoor arena.

Or perhaps you would just like to make more money doing what you are doing now!

We encourage you to look through the archives of past articles, especially those in the Stable Management category about business.

Financials

Calculate Your Debt to Income Ratio

An ideal debt-to-income ratio should be 15% or less. Ratios between 15% and 20% may lead to problems making payments while paying other bills on time.

Living on an Irregular Income

Paying living expenses with fluctuating income can be overwhelming and frustrating. Dealing with irregular income to pay personal living expenses requires planning and management skills.

Use Break-Even Analysis in Your Equine Business

Break-even analysis is a useful tool to study the relationship between fixed costs, variable costs and returns.

Tips on Becoming a Successful Saver

No amount is too small to save. Make sure you make saving a habit, and if you have to take money out of your savings, put it back in as soon as possible.

Budgeting Basics for Farms and Stables

Utilizing these tools and being proactive in generating a budget can prepare any equine business for unexpected events and help you better manage the shortfalls as well as the excess income that is earned.

Creating a Business Plan

It is important to clearly define goals for your business.

Marketing

Defining the Target Market for Your Farm or Stable

Understanding your target market will help your stable or farm be more successful, with less stress and disagreements.

Know Your Customers and What They Want

What if you are trying to get more folks to your schooling show or recognized show? Do you know what your customers and potential customers would like to have for amenities, facilities, classes or outside activities? Today it is very simple to find that out.

Make Your Business Cards Work Harder for You

Your business card should tell potential customers what you can do to help them, and give them a way to contact you.

Five Tips (and a Bonus) for Better Event Networking

Make a plan on how to get the most out of any industry meeting.

Legal/Business

Contract Checkup

A well-written, up-to-date contract can reduce, and sometimes eliminate, the misunderstandings that often plague boarding arrangements.

Succession Planning for Your Equine Business

The plan for your equine business or farm should include how the business and property will go to the next generation or the next owner.

Insurance Basics for Stables

Ultimately insurance boils down to risk management and the level of risk you are comfortable living with. If you’re lying awake at night fretting about disasters that could happen, that might be a sign you need to revisit the policies you have.

Farm- and Stable-Specific

How to Make Extra Horses Pay for Themselves

Here are some options for keeping ownership of your horses while they either add income to your equine business, or to keep them from costing you the expense of their upkeep.

I Just Need a Few More Hours Each Day

Everyone would like to have more time every day, but the trick is to make the most of the time you have!

Which Type of Trainer is Right for Your Facility

Is your facility better off with one or two resident trainers or should you go with multiple freelance trainers who provide services for your boarders?

10 Tips for Taking an Annual Farm and Barn Inventory

Creating an inventory of your farm and barn might seem like a daunting task, but it is an important part of your business.

Adding Another Generation to your Riders

Is that a captive audience you already have lined up around the ring? Parents (and even grandparents) are a wonderful source of untapped revenue for you—and they already know your barn’s “ropes.”

Doing Business With Friends

As the owner or manager, you don't want to get "stuck" providing free services to friends who are boarders.

Renting Your Facility to Generate Revenue

Leasing a facility, in part or in its entirety, to an outside horse owner or trainer can be a mutually beneficial proposition, but it can have its own problems.

Tips From the Pros: Starting or Expanding a Boarding Operation

Starting or expanding a boarding operation can be a pleasurable, fulfilling and profitable undertaking.

Your Cafeteria Plan for Boarding Costs

Know your services and rates and share them with your boarders.

Problem Boarders

You have to be a business person in order to keep your barn operating smoothly.

Charging Boarders for Extras

Jobs that take more experience--such as wrapping legs or administering medications--that owners ask the stable to perform should result in a charge to the owner.

How to Set Board Rates

The cost of muck removal and equipment must be factored into your expenses when you calculate board.

Before Your Hire Know Whether You are Getting Employees or Contractors

Before you hire someone to work on your farm, make sure you know what type of employee they are based on IRS guidelines.

Five Steps to Better Time Management in the Stable

It doesn't matter if it's tacked to your tack trunk, pinned to the cork board in the barn or punched into memos on your cell phone, have a written priority list. This will help you avoid getting off track and wasting time.

Your Important Papers: What, Why, and How Long to Keep

Store important information on a flash drive that can be quickly taken with you in case of emergency, or stored in a separate, secure location.

Strategic Planning Basics

Strategic planning is the key to success.