A Primer on QuickBooks

What exactly is QuickBooks? QuickBooks is an accounting program that is used primarily by small businesses. It is very user-friendly, which makes it ideal if you are not an accountant.

QuickBooks will enable you to take control of your business finances to help you to make better decisions. Business owners can keep track of receivables from customers and clients, bills that are due, and account balances such as checking accounts, inventory, and credit cards. You can even reconcile your accounts to your statements to make sure your records are accurate. Can you imagine not knowing how much your customers owe you?

Ideally, you will want to be able to generate financial reports such as profit and loss statements, as well as balance sheets. A profit and loss statement will tell you how much your sales, expenses, and profits were, while a balance sheet reflects assets (such as checking accounts), liabilities (such as loans), and equity (the difference between assets and liabilities, which is your ownership stake).

Successful small business owners know how their business is performing on an ongoing basis. This is where QuickBooks can help. Your decisions should be made based upon the financial results of your business.

Just remember not to do it alone. While QuickBooks is very user-friendly, many people do need assistance from an expert. It can be extremely advantageous to consult with us on an on-going basis. We can advise you on how to best set up QuickBooks, how to use it effectively, and how to interpret your business results to help you to save money, taxes, and increase profits.