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Top 10 Sports Budget Tools & Tips

Posted by Upper Hand | Jul 15, 2017 1:06:43 PM

Set Financial Goals with Better Budget Resources:

It can be too easy for coaches to overlook the financial side of their business, until they are in a hole. Your bread & butter is working with athletes and running training programs. We’ve been working with sports academies and businesses for years, and have come to understand the pain points that occur in the sports budgeting process. To make it easier than ever to make use of our budget resources & top industry advice, check out the below list of top 10 budgeting tools tips.


  1. Build a Successful Sports Business Budget with this free template! The Upper Hand free budget template was put together with the help of a national athletic facility franchise. This template will help address the unique needs of sports business management in mind.
  2. Try to plan both on a seasonal and an annual basis. This is important for training businesses who may have large peaks and dips in cash flow depending on the season. Plan accordingly, while also still looking at the big picture of your academy sports financials.
  3. Another key for smaller sports camps, clubs or teams may be the ability to raise funds through the local community and business sponsorships. This sports sponsorship letter template will give you a good to raising funds & requesting sponsorship dollars.
  4. You might plan on specific fees and dues coming in on a certain day or month, but plan for the unexpected. Even if a sponsorship or client payment is scheduled to come in before your next program,it might be late. Make sure to allow some room in your budget for late payments, cancellations or unexpected costs.
  5. Eliminate luxury expenses such as staff luncheons so you have room to spend and management and operating costs.
  6. Evaluate current costs. Examining current costs and ensuring your current sports management software is efficient and cost effective.
  7. Eliminate liabilities that come with cash and paper registrations. And ensure secure credit card processing.
  8. Do an energy audit! It’s important you and staff have the energy to train, but here we are talking in terms of electricity! Small Business Chronicle suggest finding ways to reduce energy usage. This could include anything from powering down electronic training equipment while not in use to switch to energy efficient light bulbs!
  9. Break down you budget to evaluate revenue by event, trainer, payment type and more to make effective decisions.
  10. Focus on generating recurring revenue for consistent income and quicker growth. This will give your business a better understanding of how much money will come in from month-to-month. Compared to one-time payments, recurring revenue is much easier to predict future revenues for your financial plan.

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Upper Hand simplifies front and back-end office tasks for sports businesses, provides cutting-edge marketing tools and offers business intelligence that enables unsurpassed performance for its customers. Customized software and pricing are fit to each individual’s sports business needs with the objective of helping every customer grow their business.