The restaurant industry has some pretty slim margins. One of the best ways to overcome the challenge of these slim margins, and open them up to increase the bottom line, is to understand where your expenses are coming from, and how cash is being used. In order to do this, you need to develop a dialed-in bookkeeping system.
Some of the problems you can't completely control, such as theft or increases of prices from suppliers, but you can most definitely track these changes and make plans accordingly.
Theft doesn't happen from just employees, either. Major theft has been seen from the person that you attempt to trust the most: your bookkeeper. Bookkeeper theft can be prevented through several steps such as developing a check and balance between you and them, that ensures they don't have the ability, for example, transfer money and sign checks.
We've put out a very simple way to help your restaurant with this infographic to ensure that some unfortunate things that can easily ruin your year don't happen:
Using these measures can increase the accuracy of the reporting in your books which will help make more calculated business decisions.