The importance of having a good accounting system

In her book Doing the Right Things Right , Laura Stack precisely details how today’s leaders and managers can obtain profitable, productive results by managing the intersection of two critical values: Effectiveness and Efficiency. Effectiveness, Stack says, is identifying and achieving the best objectives for your organization – doing the right things. Efficiency is accomplishing them with the least amount of time, effort, and cost-doing things right. If you’re not clear on both, you’re wasting your time. If your business does not have an effective accounting system in place, you run the risk of making serious errors in your finances. Furthermore, a good accounting system simply makes life easier and allows you to focus more on doing the right things when growing your business.
  • It helps you evaluate the performance of your business: A good accounting system gives you a thorough overview of the financial performance of your business. If you don’t have an accounting record, how will you know if your business is growing or shrinking? So, your account records help you know if your business is growing, stagnant or slowing down.
  • It helps you manage cash flow and meet deadlines: Cash flow management means knowing what you do with the cash that comes into the organisation. Your accounting system helps you know areas that need cash. For instance, cash may be needed to finance your debts, or make major renovations or order for new stocks, and it is your accounting system that will help you know this. In short, no business will growth further without a good cash management system. Also, your accounting records help to know when bills like your rent needs to be paid.
  • It’s needed for business goal setting: Your accounting system will help when setting new business goals for the week, month or year, as seeing the business performance for the last financial year will help you project and set goals for the New Year and plan ahead for the business.
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