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6 Bookkeeping Time Savers for Small Businesses

When it comes to running a small business, there is so much involved. Marketing, production, staff, research, development... the list goes on and on. Finance is also a big and important part, and keeping accurate tabs on your company's financials is crucial. To help business owners along, here are some bookkeeping time savers to help make financial management a little more efficient.

4 Advantages of Outsourced Bookkeeping Services for Small Businesses

Your business has a focus and chances are it is not bookkeeping. You can try to manage your accounting needs in-house, assign some tasks to an office manager and take others on yourself, but think about a day where you didn’t have to do any accounting work. Your office manager could focus on customer service and you could focus on running and growing your business. In addition to making better use of your time, scalability, cost and expertise are other reasons why outsourcing your accounting operations makes good business sense.

Benefits of Budgeting for Your Business

Just as a personal budget can help ensure enough money is saved for retirement, a business budget can help ensure the company can succeed long into the future. Budgets also help start-ups step off on the right foot. Even without historical expenses data, taking the time to forecast income and expenses for the month, quarter and year(s) ahead will help keep your business lean, efficient and open for business.

Comparing and Adjusting a Business QuickBooks File to Match a Tax Return

Want to make sure your business QuickBooks (QB) file agrees with your tax return? Best practice is to use your accountant’s adjusting journal entries or an accountant copy update file to bring your QB in line with the tax return. If neither are available, we suggest using the following approach.

Do I Need to Keep Every Receipt for My Bookkeeper?

I’m often asked, “Do I need to keep my receipts for you, my bookkeeper, or are my bank and credit card statements saved through my financial institution enough? If I’m audited, the auditors can surely verify expenses by simply reviewing my QuickBooks or viewing bank records, right?”

What To Do When Opening Balance Doesn’t Match the Bank Statement

Have no fear! When the opening balance does not match the bank statement, there are two common reasons:
  1. There are previously reconciled transactions which were deleted OR
  2. A transaction which was previously reconciled was unreconciled
In order to track down what is going on here, the following strategies may be helpful in uncovering the discrepancy(ies).

How to Organize Financial Information Without QuickBooks

If you have a very small company with only a couple of checking or credit card accounts (designated solely for your business) and don’t want to pay for QuickBooks, how can you keep track of your financial records?

Client Spotlight Interview: Werkberry

Please meet Lori-Anne and Nick Meyers, co-owners of Werkberry. Werkberry provides smaller businesses with innovative job advertising and cost-effective solutions to help them fill open positions. Their service is delivered via a software platform that provides cutting edge hiring and advertising solutions in one easy-to-use tool. They find talented candidates, guide job title and ad creation, and manage candidates in one place quickly, easing the burden of time spent on talent hunting for a small business.

How to Match Biweekly Payroll to Monthly Income

If you pay your employees every other week but your income is recognized monthly, your revenue will not be matched to the expenses that helped earn it. On your income statement (P&L), expenses would be understated some months and overstated others.

What to Cover in a Monthly Financial Review Meeting

One of the benefits of hiring an accounting/bookkeeping expert is the ability to meet with them after month-end close, to have them explain your financial statements to you and to help draw your attention to important aspects of the financial data. A monthly financial review meeting is a good starting point to ensuring your business is staying on track. Here is what we recommend you review:

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