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Keeping Track of Revenue

As an accounting major in college, I quickly learned all of the complicated parts of the accounting cycle. I discovered how to input the details of business transactions into a computerized accounting system. At the end of an accounting cycle, such as a month, I became experienced with calculating the revenue for the period. If you’re starting a new business, determining an accurate amount of revenue for each accounting cycle is crucial. You must know how much profit you’re making each accounting period in order to be successful in the long-term. On this blog, you will discover how an experienced accountant can help you keep track of your revenue.

Keeping Track of Revenue

5 Signs A Small Business Needs Professional Bookkeeping Help

by Avery Jenkins

Small business bookkeeping is often one of the last things that folks stop doing on their own. In the early days of a business, bookkeeping can be simple enough that you may treat it as an unnecessary expense.

However, that means the moment when it's time to pay a professional can sneak up on you. You should ask for a pro's help if you're seeing any of these 5 bookkeeping concerns.

Unclear on Financial State

If you can't categorically state right now what the financial condition of your business is, that's a bad thing. You should at least be able to pull a few reports off of an accounting software dashboard or some paper spreadsheets. Knowing the current condition of your business is critical because success is fundamentally a race between cash flows and expenditures. You need to know at any given time what your situation looks like in terms of cash, assets, and liabilities so you can competently budget.

Taxes Unpaid or Underpaid

Paying taxes comes with the territory when you run a business. Even if a company is running a loss, there's a good chance it'll at least need to cover payroll and sales taxes. If these taxes are going unpaid or underpaid, that's a formula for penalties and fees or possible legal action.

You don't want to add to the outflow of cash by putting a small business in that situation. Get the bookkeeping under control so you can determine what you owe and how you're going to pay.

Slow Payroll

Keeping employees and contractors happy is also important. If you're having a tough time getting payroll out quickly, you may need to use more efficient small business bookkeeping tools and practices. With a more efficient bookkeeping process, you'll have a better idea cycle to cycle of how to cover payroll.

No Reports

Modern bookkeeping software makes it easy for even the smallest of businesses to quickly produce high-quality financial reports. If you don't currently have a way to generate reports, talk with a professional bookkeeper about the available software solutions. They can connect you to software that will readily take inputs from inventory, sales, and other systems. You can then easily pull up reports reflecting periods as small as day-to-day changes in performance.

Limited Integration

If the idea of connecting to various systems in your business to produce reports seems problematic, it's probably because there is little to no integration. Bookkeeping firms can connect their client with technologies that will integrate sales, inventories, taxes, and reports into a single system. 

For more information, contact a local bookkeeping company.