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How To Evaluate Your Accounting Needs

Managing your books from time to time, and maintaining a proper and accurate record, can keep your business in a proper financial shape. At the same time, disorganized accounting practices can cause an otherwise excellent business to lose momentum. Not only does it hinder cash flow, but it also affects your relationship with the local vendors and customers, thereby leading to fraudulent practices and creating tax issues. So, if you’re looking out to sort your tax issues and keep the cash flow consistent, here are a couple of guidelines that will help you to evaluate your accounting needs right away.

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What to keep a check on?

Checking your cash position
As cash is fuel for your business; you’d never want to run empty. So make it a point to start your day by checking how much cash you have at that point of time. Having a clear idea of how much you are likely to receive and how much you are going to pay vendors is also equally important.

Recording the transactions

You also have to ensure that your transactions are perfectly recorded. These transactions include the billings of customers, the cash received from customers, the amount paid to the vendors and so on. You need to have a clear idea about the accounts, either daily or weekly as per the volume.

Preparing and sending invoices

Make sure that the payment terms are included while sending the invoices. Most of the invoices are due in a 30 days’ time, which should be noted as NET 30 at the end of your invoice. Without a proper due date, you will have more issues in expecting the revenues for the specific month. In order to get paid soon, make sure to offer early incentives for payments.

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Balancing your business check book

Just like you reconcile your personal account, you need to have a clear idea about your cash business transactions. Make sure that they are completely accurate every month. Also make sure that you are working with the exactly proper cash position. As you reconcile cash it becomes much easier to find and correct any error or adjustments, either individually or by the bank. This helps in getting them corrected right away.

Analyzing the status of your inventory

If you do have an inventory, set some time aside for reordering the products that can be sold quickly. Likewise, you will also have to identify the others that are slowly moving and either have to be marked down or completely dismissed. By regular checking, it also becomes easier for you to make adjustments, further ensuring that you are neither short nor overloaded.
Other things to note

Checking your accounts receivable

This is something which you need to particularly take care of in order to evaluate your accounting needs. Here, you will have to ensure that your daily receivables perfectly sync with the industry average. In order to get a correct and accurate estimate, make sure to chart the monthly figures for revealing any sort of negative trend or abnormality. You will also have to ensure that your bad debt ratio is benchmarked and a proper process is sorted by the management for reviewing the refunds and write-offs. You also have to make sure that the controls and processes are in proper place to further ensure that all your received payments are deposited to the bank from time to time.

Checking your payable accounts

Here too, you have to take a note of whether your controls are in place. This will help you to avoid duplicate payment when both the invoices and statements are sent by a vendor. Also make it a point to have proper policies that accurately determine the valid expenses of your company. Check what documentation is necessary before reimbursing the employees or the contractors. Make it a point to note if the responsibilities are aptly delegated so that individual who is responsible for approving the invoices does not turn out to be the same person issuing or signing the checks. Also make sure if your company’s pay cycle is fast enough to be viable for prompt and quick pay discounts.

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Managing your accounting systems

Several companies have a dual entry system for accounting, but all of them do not take the advantage of the functionality of their systems. You have to note if there are necessary accounts for obtaining a proper and clear understanding of the cash flow of the business. Also check if your employees are performing more than necessary off-the-books accounting on their spreadsheets. While the spreadsheets are an excellent tool for both analysis and planning, they often do not have the relevant audit trails.

Timely revision and correction

This is absolutely necessary for evaluating your accounting needs both on a personal as well as an entrepreneurial level. You have to check that your accounts are revised and corrected from time to time. Some corrections and adjustments are always necessary in the process of accounting. However, if they end up being a rule instead of the exception, it is indeed necessary for you to check the proper integrity and authenticity of your accounting systems. Look out for revisions and corrections for prompt and quick management of your accounts.

Closing your book

While evaluating your account, this is also a factor that should be given utmost importance. You need to have a clear idea about closing your books and their frequency. For instance, you need to know how long it takes for closing books every month. Check whether if it falls under the average range of any other similar company like yours. Lengthy closing times are definitely not recommended as they are likely to recommend the inefficiency in the processes of accounting, thereby making it almost impossible for assessing the proper financial state of your business in a timely way.

Checking on the reports

Almost every business these days has accounting software. So, it is necessary for you to be aware of the different kinds of reports that are available from your software. Check them thoroughly and make sure that your monthly reports provide the necessary information that is required for running the business. The data and the figures in the reports should be both authentic and reliable. Keep a check on these reports to manage your accounts flawlessly.
 
 

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