How hard is it to keep cash flowing through your business? Would you believe that well over half of small businesses cite cash flow problems as a factor in their failure? Many new business startups fail in their first year mainly because they made huge errors with their basic bookkeeping. This mainly came down to them being inexperienced and attempting to take care of the books themselves.
The DIY approach to bookkeeping is a huge detriment to your business growth, but you may not realise it until it is too late.
When you are a small business owner you have to take on board a lot of jobs yourself to keep things growing. It makes perfect sense to save money whilst you start. However, having those responsibilities means that somewhere in the process you are procrastinating, and the one area that gets pushed aside and forgotten about is the financial matters of the business.
Soon enough, those stacks of paperwork, receipts, invoices and others have piled up to the point it will now take forever to sort out and organise – and then the irregularities such as non-updated books, late filings, payroll errors and no supporting information for receipts begin to engulf you to the point that you begin to wish you never started the business.
You soon discover that this is the very least of your problems too.
Now you see it all, you have to handle it all – and this is where you suddenly realise you have no expertise for this level of workload. You are not Quickbooks certified or any level of bookkeeping expert, and quite possibly you have no idea about the latest tax updates.
Now everything you try and do could result in a more costly error, and your basic accounting skills make you feel like you have brought a toothpick to a knife fight. Time may now be against you also, as you try and wade through the papers to find more and more being placed on your desk to handle.
Can you get all of this done in time for the tax deadline and still spend time with your company?
Lack of Time
Small business owners take on the DIY bookkeeping route because they feel, like other initial areas, it can be a cost-effective move. The reality is that DIY bookkeeping is more costly in the long run and leaves you open to tax issues, hefty penalties and problems with your cash flow.