Basic Accounting: Accounting Tips for New Businesses

Nearly three-quarters of Americans rank finances as the top stressor in their lives. For new business owners, it’s probably closer to 100%.

There’s a lot of risk and uncertainty that goes with running your own business. You don’t know when your next customers will arrive. You don’t know how much you’ll make this month.

The only way to counter the fear and stress of uncertainty is to learn basic accounting principles. The basics of accounting help manage your finances so you can reduce stress.

Are you ready to find out what the basics of accounting are?

Let’s get started!

Learn About Entrepreneurship and Accounting Basics

You want to have a basic grasp of running a business and finance before you dive into accounting. This will help you make strategic decisions about the business.

The Small Business Administration has mentors and classes available. Cassmer Ward has a book and a podcast for entrepreneurs. These are just a couple of examples of resources to learn from.

Use Bookkeeping Software

Bookkeeping software is an absolute must for every new business. You don’t want to rely on spreadsheets for accounting, even at the beginning of the business.

There are free and paid solutions, so you don’t even have to spend money.

Create a chart of accounts in the software to categorize income and expenses. These show up on your reports so you know where your funds are coming from and going.

Determine Tax Responsibilities

It’s never too early to think about taxes. New business owners tend to get surprised by the amount of money they owe for taxes.

There are federal taxes, state taxes, self-employment taxes, and sales taxes. There may be other taxes like payroll and local taxes.

Knowing your tax responsibilities makes it much easier to plan ahead. You can set aside a percentage of revenue for tax purposes.

Maintain Records of Everything

Tax and labor compliance is an important part of running a business. You never know when you’ll get audited. If you do, you’ll need to produce physical documentation to the tax authorities.

Protect yourself and your business by keeping records of everything related to your business.

Read Financial Reports

If you took the time to learn about business finance, you know what reports you should read each month. Profit and loss statements, balance sheets, and accounts receivables reports give you clear financial measurements.

Your accounts receivables report could tell you that it takes on average 40 days for clients to pay their bills. If you can lower that, you can improve your cash flow.

Put These Basic Accounting Tips to Use for a Healthy Business

Cash flow is often a problem for small businesses. It doesn’t have to be for yours because you know some accounting basics to run your business.

Learn as much as you can about business finance and basic accounting principles. Find out what your tax responsibilities are. Use software to track and measure the inflows and outflows.

You’ll have a better grasp of accounting and make better business decisions.

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