Common accounting mistakes among small business owners

| Aug 18, 2020 | Business Law |

As a small business owner, there’s no shortage of accounting-related mistakes that can cost you time and money. Avoiding these is an absolute must, as you don’t want anything to affect the financial well-being of your organization.

While no two companies take the same approach to accounting, banking and other financial-related details, here are five mistakes that every small business owner must avoid:

  • Taking on too much work: It’s okay to have your hands on your company’s finances, but neglecting to bring in outside help can cause more harm than good. This can lead you to cut corners and make costly mistakes. If you need help, get help.
  • Neglecting to use accounting software: There was a time 20 or so years ago when there was nothing wrong with using pen and paper to maintain your company’s finances. However, things have changed over the years, and accounting software is now the name of the game. Not only can it prevent costly errors, but it can also save you quite a bit of time and stress.
  • Poor communication: For example, if you have a bookkeeper on staff, stay in touch with them by asking questions, requesting feedback and updates, and jointly running audits to ensure that everything is in order.
  • Employee misclassification: Misclassifying an employee as a contractor is a common mistake. It’s also one that can cost you a lot of money should the person take action against your business in the future.
  • Neglecting to create and follow a budget: In a perfect world, your business would have all the money it needs to do whatever it wants. However, this isn’t typically the case. And even if it is, you still need a budget to guide your spending.

These are just a few of the common accounting mistakes that small businesses are prone to make.

If you’re concerned about your accounting practices, perhaps because you’ve made a costly mistake in the past, reconsider your approach.

With the right strategy guiding you and the right team in place, it’s easier to feel confident in every fiduciary decision you make.