Bookkeeping has gone from hand-written ledgers to high-tech automation – but it’s just as important for a small business as ever. Want to get your head around keeping good financial records? Start here.
While software has replaced the leather-bound ledgers of the past, bookkeeping is still an essential task for modern business owners.
Here’s how it works – and why it’s so important.
Accurate, up-to-date financial records are vital for running a small business. They let you keep tabs on spending, help you plan and budget, avoid cash-flow issues and identify payment issues that could be costing you money.
Even more important, well-kept books are a must when it comes to completing accurate tax returns and working with lenders.
Bookkeeping in a small business also includes accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll – that is, sending outgoing invoices, paying incoming bills and paying staff.
Simplifying bookkeeping with software
In the past, business owners recorded sales in a ledger, kept paper receipts for business purchases, and cross-referenced bank statements by hand.
Now, accounting software can take on many of those tasks.
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The following content was originally published by Xero in this article. We have updated some of it for our readers.