Posted by : Daniel Stoica in (Articles, Business Tax, Business Tips) On: September 7th, 2011
Tagged Under : accounting, accounting professional, bookkeeping, business, cash flow, Daniel Stoica, expenses, finances, IRS, software, tax professional, taxes
Most small businesses don’t have the finances to pay a full-time professional to handle their accounting needs. Many small businesses hire someone on an as-needed basis to handle their bookkeeping and accounting needs, and sometimes the accounting is handled by the business owner themselves.
If you own a small business and you are handling your own bookkeeping and accounting, there are several things you need to take into consideration in order to avoid financial problems.
Owners of small businesses have to collate big purchases with the money that is available. Small business owners who have recently started their businesses find that they have expenses before they have money coming in. This is why they need to find different sources of capital when they are making bigger purchases for their business. They can try using credit cards for purchases for new equipment instead of using cash taken from the business. Financing large purchases and spreading the payments out will build up cash for other purchases.
Small business owners need to understand how to handle their business taxes. Most small business owners handle every aspect of their business, including taxes and accounting, especially when they are first starting out. If you aren’t 100% certain about dealing with the IRS and your business taxes, you should seriously consider hiring a professional to take care of your taxes. If you don’t take care of your taxes correctly, you will end up paying large fees and penalties to the IRS, which can potentially ruin your business.
Your accounting system will dramatically change as your business grows. Within a year, the accounting practices you use when you first start your business could become useless. You may hire new employees and hopefully have more clients or customers. All of these things will change the way you handle your accounting. It’s important to know when these changes happen so your accounting software can change with them. You will most likely need to upgrade your software in order to keep up with these changes.
Understanding The Basics
It is extremely important that you, as a business owner, understands basic accounting, even if you have hired someone to handle your bookkeeping and accounting. If you have a basic knowledge of how your taxes work, you will be able to check for errors before there are problems. If you don’t have basic accounting skills, you may want to consider taking a course in business accounting. If this isn’t an option, make sure your bookkeeper/accountant can answer all of your questions to your satisfaction so you understand everything.