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Business Accounting and Your Business Success

An Business Accounting and Your Business Success could be just the thing to bring you satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. Along with medical and health related careers, accounting professionals are among the group of professions that are projected to see a lot of growth over the next few years.Graduates of four year accountancy programs are earning 3.7% more in terms of starting pay straight out of college. Master?s degree holders are seeing a 4% increase in starting pay over the last couple of years.

If you do not have the right small business accounting system you will not have your hand on the pulse of your home based business. Many people think accounting is dull and nonproductive, but good accounting will let you know exactly where your home based business is financially at any given time.

With a good small business accounting system in place you will be able to track all your sales and expenses. Here is a simplified formula to determine if your business is operating correctly.

Sales - Expenses = Profits

Many good accounting software programs will not only track sales and expenses but will depreciate your office equipment, track your automobile maintenance, home office deductions and help prepare your taxes for you.

The accounting software should record and track the following:

>>Customer invoices

>>Distributor invoices

>>Receipts for expenses

>>Shipping costs

>>Sales Tax

>>Miscellaneous expenses

>>Depreciation of your office equipment

>>Depreciation of your vehicle

>>Inventory

>>Vendor payouts

>>Employee payouts

>>Bank transactions

You may want to use spreadsheets to get started but soon you will want to get an accounting software program. I use a very good accounting software program from QuickBooks products that is designed for corporations. The software also synchronizes with my online store to retrieve my customer invoices and updates inventory.

When using an accountant, find out what type of spreadsheets you can fill out or what information they will need to be able to integrate the data into their system.

If you start off getting it setup and using the accounting software from day one and integrate that into a daily routine, you will find that you will be able to make better business decisions because you will have all the financial facts in front of you at a press of a button.

With one Internet Company I owned we went 2 years without setting up an accounting software program. It cost me thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours going over everything and trying to recreate past transactions for my accountant. Not to mention the accounting bill!

I want to save you that hassle and expense. When I say thousand of dollars, I wonder if it was not into the hundreds of thousands when I look back at how we made our business decisions without the correct information.