Four accounting hacks that keep small businesses afloat – and profitable

By Daryl Blundell,

 Managing Director for Sage SSB (Start-up and small business) Accounting South and Southern Africa, consisting of Sage One and Sage Pastel Accounting

Many business owners are not equipped to survive the years of hard work and reach overall success. Lack of finance is one of the biggest reasons for this. For many small and medium business owners, managing finances is one of the most challenging tasks.

Poor accounting practices leave business owners in the dark as to their financial standing. While in many companies, this is a role fulfilled by the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), in a small or medium enterprise, this is just one of the many hats the business owner needs to wear.

Business owners make life sacrifices, take risks to follow their dreams and pursue their passions.

It is vital that they have the necessary information to ensure that they can focus on their business and leapfrog into the future.

Here are four fail proof hacks to keep your business financially sound:

  • Separate business from personal accounts

Dedicating an account to a business’s income and expenses is vital to ensuring that personal and business expenses are kept tidy.

This is also useful when it comes to tax season and saving money. If a bookkeeper or accountant charges by the hour then having them stick to work finances instead of handling personal expenses will save them time and the business money. An itemised business account also helps with managing and projecting cash flow.

  • Track business expenses

Supporting the bottom line isn’t just about increasing sales and revenue but also about keeping expenses in check.

Tracking and limiting expenses will automatically increase profit and also bodes well for tax planning. This not only helps with having a clear picture of the business’s financial standing but also helps with reducing costs and potentially increasing tax rebates.

  • Get automated: Find a good software accounting tool

Good accounting software that can grow with a business, preferably from a supplier that also started small and understands the challenges of this market, helps a business owner keep a finger on the financial pulse of the entity.

The introduction of cloud based accounting software has also made the costs of this service more financially viable. Technology has the ability to automate and speed up the calculations of business expenses such as tax and payroll and ensure that these are accurate. By automating accounting processes, this will free up time for staff to focus on other activities.

  • Accurate invoicing and payment collections

Ensuring that invoicing is accurate, delivered on time and up to date is an essential element of financial success. Using an automated accounting system keeps you up to date on clients who need to pay and when. This also ensures that the cash flow of the business is always kept healthy.

About Sage

Sage is the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll, and payment systems, supporting the ambition of the world’s entrepreneurs. Sage began as a small business in the U.K. 30 years ago, and over 13,000 colleagues now support millions of entrepreneurs across 23 countries as they power the global economy. We reinvent and simplify business accounting through brilliant technology, working with a thriving community of entrepreneurs, business owners, tradespeople, accountants, partners, and developers. And as a FTSE 100 business, we are active in supporting our local communities and invest in making a real difference through the philanthropy of the Sage Foundation. 

 

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