Sound Bookkeeping Principles for Petaluma Businesses

Sound Bookkeeping Principles for Petaluma Businesses - In order to manage your company’s finances, you need to practice sound bookkeeping principles. Petaluma businesses should follow these tips.

Are you one of the few business owners that review your businesses financial statements every month? Research indicates that the majority of small business owners do not practice sound bookkeeping principles as they do not realize the value of understanding their financial statements.

However, practicing sound bookkeeping principles is an essential element of running a business. If you are reluctant to record your financial transactions, we urge you to take the time to understand the importance and implement a system that is easy to follow.

Sound Bookkeeping Principles for Petaluma Businesses

Recording financial transactions can be a very tedious process for active businesses. However, there are a number of reasons that bookkeeping is extremely important:

  •  You keep track of your bills so that you don’t face late fees or order cancellations.
  • You remember to send invoices for goods and services that you have delivered.
  • You keep better track of outstanding liabilities, which keeps you from getting too deeply in debt.
  • You will have a better idea of your available capital, which will allow you to allocate it more prudently.

Practicing sound bookkeeping principles is important to remain financially solvent and track expenditures. However, many businesses have difficulty finding the time needed to implement it properly. They will need to develop a system that allows them to keep track of their finances as efficiently as possible.

Developing a Bookkeeping System

You may run into some challenges with bookkeeping. Petaluma businesses need to find a way to keep track of their transactions efficiently to avoid any challenges they may face. Consider the following tips to develop a bookkeeping system.

Learn the Basics

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to learn the basics of bookkeeping. Petaluma companies can figure them out pretty easily after taking a course or reading a book on the topic. This blog also provides plenty of material to help you get started.

There are a number of subtle rules that you will need to learn, but they all revolve around the Fundamental Rule of Accounting. After leaning this rule and the way debits and credits work, you will be able to start implementing a bookkeeping strategy.

Organize Your Records

It is imperative that you keep track of all financial records. Make sure that the following documents are carefully organized:

  •  Invoices from suppliers to manage accounts payable
  • Records of work completed
  •  Banking and  credit card statements
  • Receipts for any payments
  •   Accurate records for tax liabilities

It is a good idea to retain both physical and electronic records of all financial transactions. You will need them to cross-reference your financial records for discrepancies, so make sure that you save them even if you believe the information is redundant.

Invest in Bookkeeping Software

QuickBooks and other accounting software can streamline the bookkeeping process. You can purchase a standard version of QuickBooks for about $250. It is well worth the investment, because it will save considerable amounts of time. You may also want to read these tips from Business News Daily to use the product more efficiently


Contact Us if You Need Help

Tracking your finances is very straightforward once you understand the basics. However, many businesses can’t commit the time needed to learn or practice sound bookkeeping principles. For Petaluma and other business owners in the North Bay area, please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in our bookkeeping services. We look forward to hearing from you. 


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