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5 Great Accounting Tips for Small Businesses

As a small business owner you have to keep you eyes on many things, but you always need to make sure you stay focused on your accounting. If you don’t properly manage things like your debt, receivables, or marketing expenses accurately, your company could go under before it has a chance to grow.  However, if you implement these 5 simple bookkeeping strategies you can help your business flourish for years to come.

  • Do It Yourself Bookkeeping Vs. Accountant

Many entrepreneurs may feel ready to act as the head of accounting, sales, and marketing in order to cut costs  However, it may be best to hire a bookkeeper or accountant. It can comforting to know that someone with experience and knowledge is working on your books. As a matter of fact, you can hire accountants part-time so you’re not paying a full time wage for these services.  And it can be well worth the piece of mind for the little cost.

  • Separate Accounts Receivable and Borrowed Funds

So you don’t lose sight of what is yours and what needs paying back, small business owners need to keep financial backing and loans for startup capital, marketing campaigns, etc. separate from their receivables.  It’s best to use software that separates income from borrowed funds.

  • Make Clients Pay

Seeing big numbers in your accounts receivables column is a good thing, but remember the money doesn’t actually count until it is in your bank account. Don’t let clients avoid their regular payments. Stand firm and insist you receive payment for past orders before letting them have more materials or services. This is crucial in keeping your company afloat and in the black.

  • Detail Daily Expenses So You can Budget For Weeks To Come

Business owners need to keep records of everyday expenses they incur in the company. Instead of calculating expenses every two weeks for payroll purposes, you should focus on it every day or every week. This can help you have a better idea of where finances are each week, and help you budget for the weeks to come.

  • Calculate MMP – Minimum Monthly Profit

The numbers can get complicated when planning how much it takes to keep a small business running. It is best to devise a system of expenses and regular obligations so you know exactly the minimum income you need every month to keep the doors open. Income can be the easiest to calculate so make a strict target you’ll need to earn monthly.

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USES OF FINANCIAL REPORTS

Employees need these reports in making collective bargaining agreements with the management, in the case of labor unions or for individuals in discussing their compensation, promotion, and rankings. Prospective investors make use of financial statements to assess the viability of investing in a business. Financial analyses are used by investors and prepared by professionals (financial analysts), thus providing them with the basis for making investment decisions.

Vendors who extend credit to a business require financial statements to assess the creditworthiness of the business.

Government also produces financial reports to stay accountable to the public and people. The rules for recording, measurement and presentation of government financial statements may be different from those required for business and even for non-profit organizations. The requirements for non-profit financial statements differ from those of a for profit institution and therefore, will not be discussed.

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