Financial Fitness

Managing your small business finances is an ongoing process. When it comes to your accounting, do you find yourself sprinting to catch up with your financial goals? Maybe you pull the occasional all-nighter, scrambling to get your records done by the end of the month.

But doing your accounting shouldn’t be a sprint – it should be a marathon. If you handle your accounting a little at a time, you can turn small victories into big accomplishments. What you need is a comprehensive plan to keep your small business finances ahead of the pack.

As a non-accountant, you might think reaching your book balancing goals is unrealistic. But even as a small business owner with no accounting background, you can get your financial skills in shape. So what does it take to achieve your financial fitness goals? First, get the accounting equipment necessary for financial health. You don’t need to pour money into your accounting program.

Just make sure you have some key tools for staying on track:

  • Online accounting software
  • Invoice tracking system
  • Account statements
  • Financial adviser

Then, you need to get a routine for best accounting practices. Doing each task at a designated time helps you avoid falling behind on your books. Get in the habit of having a regular schedule for:

  • Recording transactions
  • Reconciling accounts
  • Collecting and making payments
  • Managing cash flow

Finding the right combination of accounting strategies can be a huge challenge. Planning your process is almost as tough as actually doing your accounting. (Visit Patriot Software’s Accounting Software page to see more expertise in action!)


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Organization is key to success in handling your small business finances. Your accounting process should be detailed enough to keep you on track, but flexible enough to change as your business changes.

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Written by Mike Kappel
Mike Kappel is president of Patriot Software Inc., a developer of online accounting software and payroll software for US small businesses. Patriot Software is one of five successful small businesses Mike has launched in nearly 30 years.

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