Bookkeeping Made Easy: The 5 Essential Tools You Need

Business owners, both large and small consider bookkeeping as a major task in keeping the business on its feet. When it comes to numbers, accuracy is important because one wrong entry can result in bookkeeping catastrophe. In terms of making bookkeeping easy, one thing that comes to mind is using some high-end tools. However, with today’s technology, there are many ways you can operate your business without dreading bookkeeping, thanks to these 5 simple but useful tools:

1. Google Drive/Dropbox

These days, many businesses are using cloud technology because it provides freedom and flexibility to workers. Business owners have the ability to access and edit files on any device with Dropbox or Google drive. They do not need to set an appointment with the bookkeeper because the information they need can be accessed using cloud technology. As compared to using desktop programs, cloud allows you to back up your data safely.

2. Smartphones/laptops/ tablets

Since the technology offers more flexibility to workers than ever before, it seems easy to get things done without necessarily being physically present. With your smartphones and other mobile devices, you can manage your bookkeeping files anytime, anywhere and of course, on any device. In the past, these devices were only meant for playing games, texting and calling friends or loved ones. At present, many people consider these devices as a clever way to keep track of everything including your bookkeeping files.

3. Bookkeeping websites

You can come across a wealth of information if you are going to visit bookkeeping websites. The ATO for instance, will provide you dates you can lodge payments and file tax returns.  The website provides tools such as a tax calculator so you will know the amount you are going to pay. Forms are also available on site.

4. Bookkeeping software

If you wish to monitor your financial activities or track your business data, Xero, Quickbooks Online and other bookkeeping programs are the way to go. The software will make it easy for you to run your business. You can also minimise the risk of fraud as you can easily spot irregularities before they become a business nightmare. Any changes made to a financial statement can be traced within the software’s transaction history.

5. Project management software

If you want to collaborate with your workers regardless of your location, project management software will help you get things done. These tools enable you to track the amount of work done and when they are done. For business owners on the go, the software can help you keep things organised.

About the Author Peter Broberg

Peter Broberg is a bookkeeping professional with over 20 years experience in the finance sector. With more than 2 decades of experience, Peter provides payroll and bookkeeping services on a professional level. His services cater to small and medium enterprises in Cannington, Kalamunda.

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