Small Business Accounting Basics

By: Brian Walker

When it comes to accounting, many small business owners think it's boring and unimportant. They'd rather focus on things they think are more critical to their business, such as product development, marketing, etc. However, as a matter of fact, accounting is a very important factor for a small business to succeed. Without accounting, your small business might not reach its full potential, and you might get yourself into some trouble.

At least there are two very important reasons that you should have a good accounting system for your small business.

First of all, business accounting is a way for you to keep records on your business performance. By reviewing and analyzing your accounting data, you can see how well your business has performed during a certain period of time. Also, your accounting data can help you to discover trends that might help you to uncover the strengths and weaknesses of your business, which might assist you in making better business decisions to grow your small business.

Secondly, business accounting is necessary for filling your business tax returns. When the time comes to fill the tax forms for your small business, it'd be nice to have a clean and complete business record handy so that you can fill in the numbers easily and correctly. Also, if for any reason the IRS decides to audit you, you will be required to provide accounting records for your business.

In addition, if you need additional funding to grow your business, your potential lenders might ask you to provide your accounting records to evaluate your business.

Small business accounting is not a very difficult task. You can maintain your records in very simple manner, such as a ledger, as long as the records are accurate. Also, currently there are some very popular small business accounting software you can purchase, such as QuickBooks and Peachtree. However, if you feel a ledger is not enough or if you don't feel like using computer software yourself, you can consider asking professional help. You can hire a professional bookkeeper to do the accounting works for you. This way you can save time for yourself and can also be sure that the work will be done more professionally.

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