Many business owners don’t see the value in their bookkeeping, so they tend to ignore it. However, once you have been shown the value of the financial aspects of a business, you will then quickly want to master your small business bookkeeping. The following three steps will turn your bookkeeping system from a hindrance into a valuable tool that you can use to grow your business.
1. Use An Updated Bookkeeping System
The most crucial part of a value-added bookkeeping system is keeping it updated. The bookkeeping for a small business tends to fall way behind because it is often labeled as a low priority. Believe me, I totally get it, because running a small business is hard and there is a lot to do; much of it is truly more important than bookkeeping.
But one way you can be sure to maintain updated books is to update your books every day. Daily bookkeeping is extremely powerful because you get a handle on your key business metrics every single day. Every person I have ever taught daily bookkeeping techniques has said that it was a game changer for their small business.
It may seem like a daunting task to update your books every single day. I tend to aim for the “off hour” parts of the day. For me, I perform daily bookkeeping every single morning over a cup of coffee. It typically takes me 5-15 minutes per day and gives me complete control over our business finances.
2. Gain Knowledge Through Reports
Financial reporting is the next step in mastering your small business bookkeeping. The great thing about keeping your books updated on a regular basis is that you have real-time financial reporting on your business at all times.
Creating a budget for your small business also helps to keep you on track. With a budget, you can compare your expectations to your actual performance. Look for major discrepancies between reality and your expectations, then make adjustments to your business model as needed.
Don’t become infatuated with the past; get obsessed with the future of your business reporting. Don’t be the business owner who looks at a profit and loss and a balance sheet by the 15th of every month for the previous month. That is not good enough to become a successful business. Take a look at what happened and use your intuition about what is coming, then utilze both to create a forecast. This will allow you to spot potential problems as well as opportunities so that you can make critical pivots to hit your goals.
3. Create Your Financial Growth Tool
The last step in mastering your small business bookkeeping is to understand that it is a tool that you can use to grow your business. Don’t look at your bookkeeping as a hindrance or just something that you need in order to file your taxes on an annual basis. Look at your bookkeeping as a tool that you can use to grow your business. Smart business owners run their business by the facts and the numbers, not by their gut feelings.
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