Starting a Business: Lesson 11

Analyzing Your Personal Finances Before Starting A Business

NaShawn Branch, DBA, Executive Director of Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Southwest Tennessee Community College, will be discussing personal finance statements. 


Test Your Knowledge

To receive credit for taking this course through TSBDC, watch the video and take the quiz that will appear below to demonstrate your knowledge.

Video Lesson Topics

- What is a Personal Financial Statement

A personal financial statement is a snapshot of your assets. The equation for a personal financial statement is: assets – liabilities = personal net worth.

- Examples of Assets and Liabilities

Assets would include: cash, savings account, retirement account, account receivables, life insurance (including cash surrender value), stock and bonds, real estate,  and automobiles at their market values. 

Liabilities would include: accounts payable, notes payable, residential mortgage balance, investment mortgage balance, installment loans, unpaid taxes, etc.

- Personal Financial Statement Tips for Obtaining a Business Loan

  •  Complete a personal financial statement for each person in the business.
  •  Order a credit report from three different credit bureaus.
  •  Be able to explain any negative credit report findings.
  •  An example of a personal financial statement form can be found at: 

Topics & Lessons

Each Below Topic Contains a Video Lesson and Helpful Downloadable Information


What Problem am I Solving and Who am I Solving it For?


The Planning Process and Planning Tools


Setting Goals


Legal Structure


What It Takes to Be Successful


Funding Options for Starting Your Business


The Realities of Grant Funding


Partnership and Operating Agreements


B Corp Certification


Is Starting a Business Right for You?


Analyzing Your Personal Finances Before Starting A Business


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