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Small Business Bookkeeping

 

Small business bookkeeping could be considered to be the most common form of bookkeeping, and as a business certainly the most financially viable option. From a business perspective, there is a wealth of small businesses who do not have the time to effectively manage their bookkeeping and are looking for the services of a bookkeeping business.

 

Just like in big companies, small business bookkeeping involves keeping records of what it sold, bought owed and owned. It is up to the owner to track of the money the business receives, pays out, and saves.

 

In small business bookkeeping, it is important to be aware of some basic bookkeeping principles.

 

As is the case in large companies, income acquired from small businesses is still considered taxable income by the IRS. So in small business bookkeeping, the owner must keep accurate records of the businesses income and expenses.

 

Another aspect to consider when performing small business bookkeeping is that tracking and recording financial transactions is relatively simple. In fact, the business owner does not need to purchase an expensive accounting software package for him to use. Instead, a simple spreadsheet, such as Microsoft Excel, Lotus or Works, will suffice at least in the early stages of the business.

Spreadsheets such as these are very simple to use and does not require a lot of knowledge to work with. All that is needed is to put all income in one column and put all expenses in another column, and then continually update the data as transactions take place.

 

Even the simplest small business can have complex bookkeeping requirements. Therefore, it is a good idea for the owner to pay someone to do his bookkeeping for him. Small business bookkeeping is usually a headache for an owner. Owners have other things to do such as marketing their product and services, increasing sales or running the operation – they do not need the added pressure of staying on top of the bookkeeping.

 

Employing someone to monitor the bookkeeping, will ease a great deal of financial pressure. It is recommended that you employ someone you can trust, and who you would be happy to reveal the intricacies of your financial transactions to. Many small business owners get their life partner to take care of their bookkeeping- they may be stay at home mom’s or dad’s and would value the chance to be involved in your business.

 

Another important thing to keep in mind in small business bookkeeping is to determine the kind of records the owner needs to keep. It is important to keep track of all the income and income-related expenses that the company incurs. These expenses include office supplies, postage, phone bills, internet bills, utility bills, and others.

 

Finally, it would also be advantageous for the owner and his hired bookkeeper to attend business-related seminars, especially those that discuss on tax, accounting and inventories. By attending such seminars, this will ensure that your bookkeeping stays in-line with current tax guidelines and you may also be alerted of new tax loop-holes and ways of managing your bookkeeping more effectively. Small business bookkeeping is a fantastic work from home opportunity, an especially financially viable one at that.

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