Donna Reade

QuickBooks Online Consulting & Bookkeeping

I Need My Bookkeeping Cleaned Up Now! What Should I Do?

Do you need your small business bookkeeping cleaned up? Don’t worry I get it. You fell behind on your books. It happens to many small business owners especially when they are just starting out. After all, what is more important in business than making sales, right? However, at some point, you need to just get that bookkeeping mess cleaned up and caught up. And you want to make sure you never face this situation again.

Prioritize It
The first step in getting your bookkeeping cleaned up is committing to prioritizing it. There is a difference between bookkeeping being on your to do list and you actually doing something to get your books handled.

Somewhere along the way, you just kind of slid the books to the back burner. And then you decided to try and catch them up yourself, but you made a mess. Now the tax deadline is rapidly approaching and you are starting to stress.

Put a System in Place for Upkeep
Once you finally get your small business bookkeeping current, you should put a system in place to maintain it on a regular basis.

Updating your bookkeeping on a daily basis engrosses you in your business on an intimate level. You become very familiar with your business’s finances, which gives you a great deal of confidence in your ability to move it in the right direction. Additionally, you are constantly monitoring your key business metrics and gain total awareness and control of your cash flow. What is more critical to your small business than cash flow?

Use Bookkeeping to Grow Your Business
Once you are maintaining your business bookkeeping on a regular basis, you will start to see more value in it. Take advantage of it by using your bookkeeping as a tool to grow.

Make sure that you identify and monitor several key business metrics for your business. Once you identify some business metrics, you need to monitor them to make sure your business reporting gives you insights about them.

Consider Professional Bookkeeping Help
If your books really are a mess, you may want to consider seeking some professional bookkeeping help. An experienced bookkeeper can save you a lot of time, frustration and money in the long run.