Routinely looking at the financial ratios of your small business will help you reach your goals. Looking at your balance sheet, profit and loss statement, and cash flow is one way to gauge how your business is doing. Reviewing financial ratios is equally important. Ratios are commonly used to make comparisons between different aspects of a company’s performance and how it compares to other companies in the same industry.
What improves your cash flow, saves you time, and reduces the number of days to get paid by your customers? QuickBooks Payments! With a QuickBooks payments account, you can securely email an invoice and add a “Pay Now” button. You can allow your customer to pay with a credit or debit card, ACH or bank transfer, or even Apple Pay. You eliminate processing the payment in QuickBooks, and as a result, you save money.
It‘s the season of giving thanks. A time of year when we think about family and friends, delicious food, and cozy fires. As bookkeepers, there are other things we are thankful for. These are the things that make our work quicker and abundantly more efficient. They may seem like small things, but we are grateful for them.
Before you know it, the holidays will be here, filling up the calendar with more to-dos and festivities. Don’t put off the year-end planning details of bank reconciliations and estimated tax payments until the last minute. We advise all business owners to provide a clean version of your financial records to your accountant on or before November 15. Save yourself the stress and start the cleanup now!
Wondering how to properly keep track of your Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA). To many small businesses, keeping records is downright confusing. We recommend keeping track of individual client funds. The best way to accomplish that is to set up your Chart of Accounts using subaccounts for each client.
Did you scramble to find copies of your vendors’ W9s last year? It’s time to prepare to make the job easier for this year. Here are some tips that can proactively help you slide through next January with ease:
Capitalizing versus expensing purchases is a common question for small business owners. The way purchases are accounted for can sometimes make the difference between a year-end income statement that shows a profit and one that shows a loss. Having a Capitalization Policy will help your bookkeeper easily enter transactions into your QuickBooks or other financial software.
Many small businesses choose to do their own bookkeeping for a variety of reasons, including perceived cost savings. Others hire a cheap bookkeeper or hire inexperienced staff to cut costs. The truth is, bad bookkeeping is costly; here is why:
It’s nearly the fourth quarter and year-end is just around the corner. A lot of small business owners wait too long to get their financials in order. Closing the books for the year doesn’t have to be a race to the finish, it can be a jog. Below are a few things you can do now:
Do you know where your business’ money is going? If not, it’s time to look further. A great way to find out is by using the cash flow statement, or statement of cash flows. Along with the balance sheet and income statement, the cash flow statement will identify where your revenue is coming from and where it’s going.