4 Tips to Perfect Your Accounting Strategy

As a business owner, you either love crunching numbers, or you view accounting practices as a necessary task that must be done for tax compliance purposes. Whichever side of the ledger you fall on, the important thing to recognize is that there is always a way to improve your business accounting practices; and performing regular checks to see how your plan is working is essential as your company grows. Now that you have a basic accounting plan in place, use these four tips to perfect the system so that you gain a stronger understanding of your company’s financial health.

Upgrade Your Accounting System

As your business grows, there comes a point when it is time to drop bulky ledgers and filing systems and explore software that simplifies the accounting procedures. Today, you can find a wealth of different types of accounting programs that are designed specifically for small businesses. In addition to providing a place to keep records of every transaction, you can utilize this software to generate reports that give you a better look at the overall financial picture of your company.

Delegate Accounting Tasks

Entrepreneurs tend to prefer to be in control over their company’s books. However, an impartial eye is better at catching discrepancies and areas of concern than someone who is fully invested in the company. Once your business is off the ground, begin to develop a plan for having a professional manage the accounting. Whether you hire an in-house accountant or work with a firm is up to you, and both of these choices allows you to focus more on analyzing the reports rather than the mundane tasks involved with inputting numbers into an accounting system. As the accounting team grows, you can also delegate specific tasks to fit your staff’s strengths. For instance, having a person in charge of analyzing data and compiling reports allows you to walk into your next meeting with the sole focus of making executive decisions.

Increase Your Focus on Tracking Expenses

While it’s exciting to watch profits increase as your company grows, you must also make expense tracking more of a priority. Instead of tracking expenses over a longer period such as a quarter, try looking at what your company and employees spend on a daily or weekly basis. Not only will this allow you to find ways to trim unnecessary costs, but it will also help you plan a more strategic budget.

Synchronize Reporting and Accounting Schedules

Few things are more frustrating than sitting down to plan for the future of your company and realizing that the financial information that you need is not there. Make sure that the accounting team is aware of when you do your business’s financial assessments so that they can align the reporting schedules. Ideally, discrepancies should be handled in a timely manner before the reviews, and the books should all be properly closed and in order so that you have as perfect of a view of the current stats regarding the profits and losses as possible.

Perfectionism helps to grow your business, and there is no room to slack off where your company’s finances are concerned. Make it a goal to periodically analyze your business’s accounting practices so that you can make changes that reflect growth and success.

BIG IMPACT

America’s SBDC New Jersey, also known as the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC) program, has been assisting small businesses and entrepreneurs for 37 years. It was one of the first pilot projects in the nation.

NJSBDC is part of a national network of SBDCs and goes through formal national accreditation every four to five years. There are up to 1,000 offices throughout the United States promoting business development and growth and generating thousands and thousands of jobs for Americans.

NJSBDC’s 12-center network provides comprehensive assistance for small businesses in all 21 counties. The SBDC network helps entrepreneurs to start new businesses and assists existing and established businesses (at different stages) to further develop and grow, sustaining economic growth in communities across the state. The strong historical record of NJSBDC’s economic impact for New Jersey cannot be underestimated; its business experts touch the lives of countless numbers of small business owners and operators who tap the network for guidance on an array of operational issues, including but not limited to: Business planning, strategic planning, accounting, financial analysis, legal organization, taxes, recordkeeping, marketing, E-Business, International Trade (exporting), Sustainability, Procurement opportunities, Technology-Commercialization, etc. The program brings back to the state federal dollars for small business support, but, federal funding must be matched dollar for dollar. That’s why the State’s investment in SBDC matters! NJ lags behind the investment levels of other states in their statewide SBDC networks.