One of the most common reasons why home businesses fail is that these businesses do not really have good financial systems. A lot of small business owners do not really keep good records of their revenue and expenses that they find it hard to determine whether their business is earning enough or not. If you are one of those business owners who have not been keeping good financial records, now is the best time for you to establish good financial systems for your company. Always remember that good financial systems will not only help your business grow, it will also keep you out of trouble when it is time to file for your income tax returns.
If you have an accountant, call him/her and explain that you are just starting your own home business. You will be surprised of all the tax deductions you are able to claim (heat, electricity, phone, rent, etc). Your accountant will advise you to keep financial records for your business.
Setting Up Your Financial Records:
You do not really have to be an accountant or a professional bookkeeper to be able to keep records of your financial transactions. To set up your financial records manually, all you need is a worksheet where you can record all your earnings and your expenses. To keep everything simple, just use a two column worksheet where you can record all your earnings in one column and your expenses in the other. Record your financial transactions at the end of each day so that you will not miss out something. Keep all your bills and receipts on file so that your accountant will be able to easily review your transactions later on for purposes of filing your income tax returns.
Another way to keep records of your financial transactions is the use of those accounting software being sold in the market today. The good thing about using accounting software is that you do not have to keep a lot of papers in your office and you do not have to bother writing things down a number of times in your worksheets. Just load the program into your computer and you can already use it by following the menu. With the use of good accounting software, all you need to do is to enter your financial transactions for the day and the software will do the rest of the work.
Most of this accounting software will also give you complete financial statements after you uploaded all the necessary information so you get to save a lot of time and efforts in computing your earnings. What is more interesting about this computer software is that some of these can also help you project your future income and calculate your estimated internal rate of returns.
How Much Will the Accounting Software Cost You?
The price of the accounting software will depend on the complexity of the program that you need. Simple programs do not really cost so much so you need not worry about the cost. Besides, you can always put the cost of accounting software as part of your business expenses. Get organized early in the game and avoid the pitfalls that may come later.