Sadly there are always parts of running a business that aren’t quite as enjoyable as others, and for a lot of people the task at the top of that list is bookkeeping. It might not be your favourite way to spend a couple of hours, but good financial records are so important to creating a successful business. Here are 4 common mistakes a lot of business owners make, and how to avoid them.
Many businesses fail in the first few years, and the most common reason? Cash flow. You may be doing pretty well on the sales front, but are you being paid on time? Or you’re covering your monthly outgoings just fine, but what about that big IT purchase you’d like to make in 9 months? Don’t fall into the trap of making decisions based on the money you have in the bank - your balance is an illusion. It’s entirely possible for your business to be profitable and yet still run out of cash.
When you’re running a business, the finance side of things is often the one area that falls down the list of priorities as dealing with your accounts can be scary, even when things are going well! A good way of ensuring that you always have current financial knowledge, without taking your time away from what you do best, is to outsource your bookkeeping.
We’re living in the digital age and deserve a transparent and accessible tax system. We also shouldn’t need to tell HMRC what it already knows. On the face of it reducing the burden on taxpayers and providing clearer information can only be good, right?
You’ve just started your own sole trader business and you’re full of excitement and keen to get on with doing what you love, and that’s probably not bookkeeping. Good financial records are the foundation of your business and could determine its success. Following these three simple steps will mean that bookkeeping is no longer a burden.