Tracking stock levels, costs and profit on every product you sell can get pretty complex – no wonder so many businesses have a fuzzy understanding of their inventory. But inventory accounting is too important to ignore.
Keeping track of your inventory, the time it takes to sell and the profit made on each product is essential if you want to manage your business effectively.
What counts as inventory?
Inventory is anything you buy to on-sell, including fully-completed items to sell in your store, products that you install in people’s homes or businesses or materials used to manufacture products.
Work equipment, tools or anything else used in your business don’t count. If you have a drop-shipping business where third-party suppliers ship direct to your customers, you don’t have inventory either.
Accounting for inventory
Tracking the movement and value of your inventory is essential for pricing, insurance, accurate tax returns and selling your business.
Good inventory tracking can also help you:
Start accounting for inventory now
To manage your inventory effectively, you need to track how much you have, how much it costs and how much you’re selling it for. You also need to factor in discounts, transport and storage costs, damage and write-offs. It can get pretty complex – so you might want to get help from people who have done it all before.
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The following content was originally published by Xero. We have updated some of this article for our readers.