Seven reasons to start bookkeeping

Like it or not, the way you manage your bookkeeping will determine whether your business succeeds or fails. Our studies show that 47% of small businesses want help with accounting when first starting out.

There are so many aspects of bookkeeping that can impact your business. Forget to pay a bill and your credit could suffer. Don’t keep track of receipts, and you’ll miss out on tax deductions. Lose track of your invoices coming in, and you’ll lose money. In this blog I’ll show you why bookkeeping is so important and how you can get help.

What do you mean by “Bookkeeping”?

Bookkeeping is where you keep track of your financial transactions so you can effectively manage your business and meet your tax requirements. Instead of books, think of them as your financial records. These records have important information such as your revenue, expenses and cash flow. By keeping these organised, you can see your overall financial performance.

1. Manage your cash flow effectively

Effective cash flow management would not be possible without organised books. Having positive cash flow is required to run the daily operations of your business. If you’re not sure of your cash flow status, there is a high chance your business will fail. Keeping track of your invoices and receipts is a great first step to getting your books up to date.

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2. Evaluate your business performance

Bookkeeping allows you to see your financial position any time you need it. With a quick glance, you can evaluate the performance of your business to know if you are growing or declining. Having these numbers at your fingertips is really useful when making important financial decisions.

3. Grow your business

If your records are easily accessible, you can start to make important decisions about growing your business. You will be able to see areas in your business where you can improve and where there are opportunities to make money. For example, you can easily identify your expenses and where you can cut costs. This will ensure the long-term growth of your business as you make more cost-effective decisions.

4. Plan for the future

Bookkeeping makes it easier to set budgets and plan for the future. You can anticipate future purchases and prepare for unexpected expenses. Comparisons can be made between forecasted and actual figures so you can see the financial health of your business.

5. Set projections and goals

Becoming successful is all about achieving goals. With proper bookkeeping, you can set tangible goals (monthly sales, revenue etc.) and see if you’ve achieved them. This will show whether your business is on the right track so you can make changes accordingly.  

6. Paying taxes becomes easier

Tax time becomes a lot simpler with proper bookkeeping. No more chasing up missing receipts at the last minute. With an organised bookkeeping system, you can easily work out your tax payables. You might even be eligible for a tax refund, there's only one way to find out! 

7. Bookkeeping is required by law

You should have a bookkeeping system in place so you can meet your tax requirements. If you don’t lodge your tax returns on time, you could face heavy penalties from the ATO. Luckily, bookkeeping makes it really easy to lodge your taxes.

Keeping track of your finances is a vital part of owning a successful business. You would simply not be able to run your business effectively and efficiently without it. 

Shaun Meltzer