Bookkeeping Tips for SMEs
No matter how much you try to avoid it, bookkeeping will always be an integral part of your business’s daily operations. Helping to improve your budgeting, target visualisation, and compliance with Government regulations, bookkeeping is the backbone of any well organised business. Failing to designate the necessary time and focus it needs, can quickly result in stunted business growth and progress delay. And while we can’t make it disappear, we can offer a helping hand and some of our favourite tips to help you boost your SME’s bookkeeping efficiency.
Separate business and personal finances
One of the most common mistakes among business owners is the mixing up of business expenses and personal income and spending. While it may seem a small overlook at the time, it is a sure way of overcomplicating your future bookkeeping duties and can actually lead to some larger issues down the line. Get a business bank account and a separate credit card before you begin any business operations. This will help to keep your finances organised and helps your business build its own credit rating.
Learn to automate
Automation can go a long way in helping you to carry out your accounts and bookkeeping operations – it’s a great time saving solution! Streamline your duties with smart accounts and payroll softwares and take time to pick the right one for you. Bookkeeping tasks you can automate include: payroll, categorizing transactions, expense management, bank reconciliation, cashflow forecasting and reporting.
Keep track of business expenses
Predicting and budgeting future business expenses is a tough job, which is why it’s imperative to track any current outgoings and keep organised records. It helps to create a clearer forecast and thus allows more room for any unexpected spendings. These records should include things such as: inventory, supplies, insurance, utilities etc. Not only will this give you a better idea of what to expect it will also make it easier to claim any business expenses when it comes to doing your taxes. Remember to always keep receipts!
Undoubtedly one of the most important things when it comes to measuring your business progress and making sure you’re staying on track are regular reviews. Looking back at past records and reviewing financial affairs gives a more in-depth perspective into any trends, and therefore allows you to better strategize your future plans. It also helps to establish stronger targets, boosts proactiveness, and improve responsiveness to any presented challenges.
Utilise time tracking software
Time tracking software can be a great addition to daily business operations, allowing your team to clock in and out of work using their electronic devices. It also promotes better time management and allows you and your employees to see how your time is distributed throughout the day. This will help you to gain a better understanding of your workloads as well as automatically tracking and monitoring wages and any additional overtime. Do your research and pick a tracking solution that works well with your other business software.
Stay on top of tax deadlines
Don’t back yourself into a corner when it comes to your tax deadlines. Anticipate and avoid running short by leaving finances aside for all established tax bills. Be sure to be timely and on schedule with your payments to avoid any fines and note all important deadlines in your calendar. To improve your efficiency set reminders on your chosen device, alerting you of the approaching deadlines ahead of time. When you can, try and leave room for any unforeseen mistakes and don’t leave your taxes until the last moment.
We know bookkeeping duties aren’t smooth sailing for everyone – which is why at MOMENTUM we offer various outsourcing services to help you and your business thrive. We hope you’ve found this blog insightful and encourage you to reach out should you ever find yourself needing any business support. If you’d like to find out more or have any additional queries, get in touch:
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