When you’re starting up a business, it’s often tempting to cut corners. This is especially true when it comes to accounting. But don’t do it! It’s important to have a solid financial foundation for your business from the very beginning. Here are a few tips for keeping your accounting on the up and up.
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Use double-entry accounting
This is the most reliable method for recording financial transactions, and it’s easy to understand once you learn the basics of debits and credits.
A short explanation of how it works: Every financial transaction involves at least two “sides” – a debit and a credit. The accounting equation requires that the total debits always equal the total credits. This keeps the books in balance. The basic accounting equation is Assets = Liabilities + Equity.
When you debit one account, you must credit another account by the same amount to keep the accounting equation in balance. For example, if you spend $100 on supplies, you debit the Supplies Expense for $100 and credit the Cash asset account for $100.
By recording every transaction with equal debits and credits, it ensures all financial activities of the business have been recorded completely and accurately. It also makes it easier to trace transactions and find errors.
Keep track of expenses as they are incurred
This is especially important for small purchases, like office supplies or equipment repairs, because they will add up; if you don’t keep track of these things when they’re purchased, it can be difficult to remember what you spent money on later on.
Keep track of all your assets and liabilities
Assets include equipment, vehicles, computers, furniture, and so on. Liabilities include things like loans and credit card balances. Keeping track of both means to keep track of what your business owns and what it owes. If you’re not sure whether something is an asset or a liability, talk to your bookkeeper about it.
Use accounting software
Software automates many routine tasks like generating invoices and tracking expenses. It also ensures all transactions are recorded correctly according to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).