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Bookkeeping and Accounting All-in-One For Dummies, UK Edition by Jane E. Kelly

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Chapter 2

Developing a Balance Sheet

In This Chapter

arrow Tackling the Balance Sheet

arrow Pulling together your Balance Sheet accounts

arrow Choosing a format

arrow Drawing conclusions from your Balance Sheet

arrow Polishing your electronically produced Balance Sheet

Periodically, you want to know how well your business is doing. Therefore, at the end of each accounting period you draw up a Balance Sheet – a snapshot of your business’s condition. This snapshot gives you a picture of where your business stands – its assets, its liabilities and how much the owners have invested in the business at a particular point in time.

This chapter explains the key ingredients of a Balance Sheet and tells you how to pull them all together. You also find out how to use analytical tools called ratios to see how well your business is doing.

Breaking Down the Balance Sheet

Basically, creating a Balance Sheet is like taking a picture of the financial aspects of your business.

The business name appears at the top of the Balance ...

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