Top Small Business Accounting Best Practices

Top Small Business Accounting Best Practices

By CFO Tech Outlook | Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Accounting

To keep the business on the right track, it is necessary to utilize different accounting best practices to improve the accounting knowledge and abilities, and to keep your bookkeeping on the right track for the long haul.

FREMONT, CA: In order to become successful in business, one has to learn to keep the books in order. Small Business Administration mentions that administration, learning to account is significant for business owners because sound financial information allows them to make informed business decisions. 

Here are some accounting best practices to help get the bookkeeping on the right track:

Determine your accounting method

The main two methods of accounting are cash and accrual. In accrual accounting, the transaction is put on the books as soon as the transaction is made. Cash accounting occurs when a business records transactions once payments have been received or created. Each method has advantages and disadvantages. As per the SBA website, cash accounting is more straightforward and better for cash flow management but provides less long-term clarity than accrual accounting.

Track all expenses

In the beginning, it is easy to keep track of all the costs and accounts payable on a simple spreadsheet. It becomes difficult as the business grows day-by-day; in such cases role of software such as QuickBooks comes into the picture. One has to include the following line items on their spreadsheet: supplier/biller’s name, account number, expense type, date invoice was received, and amount owed. In addition, it’s essential to keep all receipts, credit card statements, and incoming bills in the accounting system to ensure they are correctly managing cash flow.

Maintain accurate records

A business can easily fall if accurate and up-to-date accounting records are not maintained.  These records are key documents for lenders or investors deciding whether they should invest in a business and also help guide tax filings and decision-making. The IRS always advises using a journal to record all the transactions and a ledger containing the totals from the journal, which one should organize into different accounts.

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