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Salt Lake City Bookkeeping Blog

The Best Tips For a Small Business Owner Managing Their Own Bookkeeping

Posted by Matt Roberge on Dec 11, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Have you ever wondered how a small business bookkeeper handles the bookkeeping for their own business?

Or maybe you're currently managing your own. Good on you!

I'm in control of our business bookkeeping. While I may not handle every aspect of it like creating invoices and posting payments I have the correct checks and balances in place to ensure the accounting is correct.

For those of you looking for that suggestion that saves your life, I'd consider outsourced bookkeeping services and saving yourself the headache.

Anyways, here are the key things I do with our own small business bookkeeping.


  1. Owner In Control
  2. Updated Often
  3. Always Accurate
  4. Set Goals
  5. Key Metrics and Reporting
  6. The Importance of Checking a Client's History
  7. Collection Success When You're a Small Business Owner
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Topics: Financial Forecasting, Financial Reporting, Business Budgeting, Small Business Bookkeeping, Reconciling QuickBooks, Bookkeeping Theft

When Should You Be Using Authorized Transactions?

Posted by Leanne Armstrong on Aug 21, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Authorized transactions take many forms when you run a small business. But whether they involve money coming in or going out, overseeing key business transactions is all about safeguarding your company against financial risk and inaccurate bookkeeping records.

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Topics: Bookkeeping Theft, Growth Coach

Why You Need Internal Accounting Controls to Keep Risk at Bay

Posted by Leanne Armstrong on Jul 24, 2019 9:00:00 AM

How can you be sure that an employee isn’t secretly stealing from you, that your company is tax-compliant, and that your financial records are reliable? Three words: internal accounting controls.

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Topics: Financial Reporting, Bookkeeping Theft

How Will You Keep Your Small Business Safe from Identity Thieves?

Posted by Leanne Armstrong on Dec 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Identity thieves - and the fraud-based havoc they cause in the US – were responsible for losses exceeding $16 billion in 2016. In fact, according to a study by Javelin Strategy and Research, more than 15 million Americans fell victim to identity theft last year. And that’s a record high.

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Topics: Grow Your Business, Bookkeeping Theft, Growth Coach

How to Protect Your Small Business from Credit Card Fraud

Posted by Leanne Armstrong on Nov 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Identity theft complaints nearly doubled between 2010 and 2015, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Meanwhile, fraud incidents including those associated with compromised credit cards reached an all-time high in 2016 – an event that led to a whopping $16 billion dollars in individual losses!

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Topics: Small Business Accounting, Bookkeeping Theft

How Your Small Business Can Benefit From An Audit

Posted by Matt Roberge on Nov 17, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Most business owners cringe when they hear the word “audit,” but the truth is that an audit isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Once you learn more about what an audit is and how it works, you will see that there are a few ways in which your company can benefit from the auditing process.

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Topics: Bookkeeping Theft

[Infographic] Is Your Bookkeeper Stealing? How to Know...

Posted by Austin Walker on Nov 4, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Accountability for cash flow is normally given to one person: your bookkeeper. In general, that gives them an opportunity to have a hand in different transactions that would make it easy to take cash from a business. However, there are some really simple steps that a small business owner can take to prevent such disaster. Not only that, but it can keep an owner or partner involved in a business on a regular basis, so that they always have a finger on the pulse of the business. This short infographic is a simple guide to how to balance a bookkeeper. If nothing else, it keeps a person away from temptation.

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Topics: Bookkeeping Tips, Small Business, Bookkeeping Theft

Help! I'm Too Busy To Handle My Bookkeeping

Posted by Matt Roberge on Sep 26, 2014 7:00:00 AM

The number one reason we get new clients is because most small business owners are too busy to handle their bookkeeping. It is often true that a business owner is too busy to update their bookkeeping, but that doesn't mean it is important. I'm also quite a busy person but I find time for all the important aspects of my small business, even if I am not directly doing the work in a particular area. If you are too busy to handle your small business bookkeeping here are a few things you still need to know.

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Topics: Bookkeeping Services, Bookkeeping Help, Bookkeeping Theft, Outsourced Bookkeeping

Time And Money To Fix Your Bookkeeping, But Not Do It Right

Posted by Matt Roberge on Mar 21, 2014 7:00:00 AM

I have noticed that small businesses typically have the time and money to fix their bookkeeping, but neither when they are first setting up their bookkeeping.  This article was inspired when I read a quote from Seth Godin posted on Hubspot's blog.  If you scroll down to #14 you will see Seth's quote: "Well, if you don't have time to do it right, what makes you think you'll have time to do it over?" This resonates with me on so many levels.  When I was growing up, my dad always used to say in a harsh Massachusetts accent and sometimes slightly angry, "Matthew either do it right the first time or don't do it at all!"  That has stuck with me into adulthood.  Half-assing something is a waste of time and therefore counterproductive.  When small businesses are setting up their bookkeeping most won't take the time or money to set it up properly from the beginning.  However, when it comes time to fix a bad bookkeeping system there is always time and money and here is why.

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Topics: Financial Reporting, Small Business Bookkeeping, Bookkeeping Theft, Investor Bookkeeping

What A Solid Bookkeeping System Can Do Besides Taxes

Posted by Matt Roberge on Oct 14, 2013 7:00:00 AM

Many small business owners think that bookkeeping has just one role; a means to filing your taxes.  

Those business owners that have this mindset are missing out on many benefits that a solid bookkeeping system can offer.  

Small business bookkeeping often falls behind because it is so easy to push to the back burner.  

If you are not getting any value from your bookkeeping then there is no urgency to update it on a regular basis.  

Those businesses that are extracting valuable information from their bookkeeping make it a priority to keep the books updated regularly.  

So exactly what can a solid bookkeeping system do besides file taxes? 

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Topics: Bookkeeping Tips, Bookkeeping Processes, Financial Forecasting, Financial Reporting, Small Business Bookkeeping, Bookkeeping Theft