In This Chapter
Managing daily business finances
Keeping business records
Navigating the accounting cycle
Choosing between cash-basis and accrual accounting
Deciphering double-entry bookkeeping
This chapter provides an overview of a bookkeeper’s work. If you’re just starting a business, you may be your own bookkeeper for a while until you can afford to hire one, so think of this chapter as your to-do list.
All businesses need to keep track of their financial transactions — that’s why bookkeeping and bookkeepers are so important. Without accurate records, how can you tell whether your business is making a profit or taking a loss? This chapter also covers the key parts of bookkeeping by introducing you to the language of bookkeeping, familiarizing you with how bookkeepers manage the accounting cycle, and showing you how to understand ...