Some small business owners are fortunate to do what they love and are good at it, but in business that is only half the battle. The majority of companies that go under are not from lack of knowledge in their given industry but lack of knowledge on how to properly and effectively manage their back office activities and have the time to accomplish them. You can be an incredible project manager and leader of people, but if you can’t manage a spreadsheet or numbers are not your thing or you just don’t have the time, you could be setting your business up for failure without even realizing it.

Accounting software offers many different features, so the key is to find the one that gives you what you need at a price you can afford, keeping in mind that you often get what you pay for. It’s important to know whether the software will fit your current and future business from the perspective of the number of clients, employees, activities and more, plus how your data is backed up, and what security measures are taken to keep your information secure.

Besides the obvious benefits of knowing who owes you money and who you need to pay, a quality accounting service also makes meeting with a tax accountant at the end of the year a little bit less of a headache. Showing up to this meeting with a trunk full of invoices covered in coffee stains is a lot less convenient than a few simple scrolls of a mouse. The easier their job is, the more money you save giving you more money left in your pocket at the end of the period.

With the right accounting software, you can find out everything you need to know about your business’s financials so you know how much money you have, what you owe and what you are worth. This information comes from reports such as the income statement, the statement of owner’s equity, the balance sheet and the statement of cash flows which all provide invaluable information. The right software doesn’t stop there however; if you go a little deeper you can create reports such as the debtor’s analysis and asset register to help you.

Just having the right software isn’t enough; you have to know how to use it and input the data on a regular basis. Having staff to do this can be expensive for new and growing companies, which is why there are companies out there that can help you with your bookkeeping and back office at a fraction of the cost. A professional partner will save you time and money and help you get your books in order by staying up to date with entries, ensuring accuracy and even providing funds when you need them.