Accounts & Tax Made Easy Updates

January 2024

 

5 ways bookkeeping can help your small business grow


 

Introduction

Running a small business can be tough - there are many challenges that small business owners face daily. However, maintaining accurate and consistent financial records doesn’t need to be one of them - and it’s a great way to help your business grow. Bookkeeping is the area of accounting that deals with recording financial transactions, and it can play a vital role in the success of your business. In this blog post, we will discuss five ways bookkeeping can help your small business grow.


 

Track your finances

One of the primary reasons to keep accurate financial records is to track your finances. With bookkeeping, you can see how much money is coming in and where it's going. This will help you make informed decisions about your business's future. You can look at your financial statements and easily identify trends, such as increasing expenses or declining profits. This information will enable you to adjust your business strategy accordingly.


 

Manage cash flow

Cash flow management is an essential aspect of running a successful business. Without sufficient cash flow, your business may not survive. Bookkeeping enables you to track your receivables, payables, and all other financial transactions. You can also forecast your cash flow based on your current financial position, helping you to avoid shortfalls in the future.


 

Make informed decisions

With accurate financial records in place, you can make informed decisions about your business. You can analyse your financial statements, identify areas that need improvement, and implement changes that will help your business grow. For example, if you identify that your expenses are increasing, you can explore ways to cut costs. Alternatively, if you notice that your sales are declining, you can develop new marketing strategies to attract more customers.


 

Prepare for tax season

As a small business owner, preparing for tax season can be stressful. However, with bookkeeping, you can simplify the process. By keeping accurate and organized financial records, you can file your taxes quickly and accurately. This will save you time and reduce your stress levels. Additionally, you can take advantage of tax deductions and credits that you may be eligible for, reducing your tax liability.


 

Plan for growth

Finally, bookkeeping can help you plan for the growth of your business. By tracking your finances, you can identify areas that are performing well and invest in them further. Additionally, you can analyse your financial statements to identify areas of your business that need improvement. By doing so, you can make adjustments to your plans and strategies to ensure your business grows in a sustainable and profitable way.


 

Conclusion

In conclusion, bookkeeping is essential for small business owners who want to grow their businesses. By tracking your finances, managing cash flow, making informed decisions, preparing for tax season, and planning for growth, you can build a successful and profitable business. Accurate financial records can help you identify opportunities, avoid risks, and make strategic decisions that will benefit your business in the long run. If you haven't already invested in bookkeeping, now is the time to do so. Your business's success may depend on it.

 

December 2023

The Power of the Year-End Review


 

Introduction

As we approach the end of another incredible year, it's time to reflect, celebrate achievements, and set our plans for the future. 

At Accounts & Tax Made Easy, we’re proud to work with all types of clients, and whether you’re a creative entrepreneur, a start up business, a passionate freelancer or a proud business owner who feels that maybe 2023 could have been better, an end-of-year review is a great way to reflect on what worked, what didn’t work, and what’s next. 


In this article, we’ll share our ideas for conducting a year end review for yourself, and of course, if you need our support with the financial part, we’re here to help and ready for your call. 


 

Celebrate your wins

Do you remember your first sale? How about the moment you hit the VAT Threshold, £100k turnover? 

Every win in business deserves celebration, and the end of the year is a great way to look back on just what you achieved - even if it wasn’t planned, and even if seems like a tiny win. 

Celebrating your wins is a morale booster, it keeps you motivated and focused, and your wins are probably closely connected to the reason you are in business in the first place. 


 

Learn and evolve

Ok, 2023 wasn’t a walk in the park. And just like life, running a business can be a bit of a rollercoaster. Your end of year review gives you a great opportunity to assess what worked well and what can be improved for the future. 

Take a look into your numbers and see where things went brilliantly as well as those areas that might benefit from a change of strategy. Your numbers tell a story, and the insights you glean from a review can have a meaningful impact on your decisions for the future. 


 

Set goals for the future

And we’re not just talking business goals, we’re talking personal too. Your business’s success isn’t just about spreadsheets, Sage, Quickbooks and profits, it’s about building a business that meets your personal goals. 

Did you really have the year you hoped for personally? 

What could be better next year? 

Your accountant can help you make sense of your numbers so you can focus on how they help you achieve your life goals. 


 

Take control of your finances

Many business owners simply don’t review their finances, but as you’ve read this far, we’ll assume you’re not one of those people. 

It’s easy to bury your head in the sand when it comes to your finances, if everything’s paid on time, it can be tempting not to look any deeper, but taking some time to conduct a year-end-review is a great way to start as you mean to go on. what ever happened up until now, having a view of where you are right now, means you can take control of your finances for the future. 

A solid financial foundation is the backbone of your business, and we’re here to help. 


 

Seeking support is never a sign of weakness. 

You do you’re thing, and we’ll do ours. Reach out to your bookkeeper as your go-to partner for all things financial, and we, for one, would love to support you in conducting your own end-of-year review, to discuss your goals, address your concerns and discuss new ways you can grow your business in 2024. 

Whether the calendar year end is the same as your financial year end or not, this time of year is a great time naturally to sit and take a look at exactly what’s going on behind the spreadsheet. 


 

As we wish 2023 farewell, we’d love to raise a toast to you and your business and a new year of exciting growth. 

 


 

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