How Can Bookkeeping Help Me Track Expenses And Manage My Cash Flow?

Business bookkeeping is relevant to all businesses, regardless of size or type. Although the practice of bookkeeping takes its shape in many different ways, depending on the business’s requirements, the aim of bookkeeping is to track and record the financial transactions of a business.

At Rivington Accounts, we understand the importance of outsourcing tasks such as bookkeeping so you, the business owner, can take control of the ‘nitty gritty’. Bookkeeping can offer many benefits to a business. This blog aims to explore how bookkeeping can help you track expenses and manage cash flow.

The Basics Of Bookkeeping

Whether it be daily, monthly or quarterly to tie in with business’ VAT returns, bookkeeping plays a crucial role in the financial management of a business.

Bookkeeping encompasses a wide range of practices including:

  • Paying bills
  • Client invoicing
  • Managing sales invoices
  • Credit control

At Rivington, our fast and accurate accounts entries ensure that you are compliant with all HMRC deadlines and requirements. It is hugely important for a business, not just that these guidelines are met but that financial records are kept to advise decision-making and thoroughly analyse a business’s financial status.

One of the key ways in which bookkeeping can benefit your business is by helping you track expenses and manage cash flow.

Expense Tracking With Bookkeeping

Business expense tracking is important for a number of reasons.

Financial Analysis – Analysing your finances, better equips you for understanding your internal operations. Understanding how profitable elements of your business is can advise you on future decisions and reflect on the current status of your business.

Tax Purposes – By keeping records of your business’s transactions, helps you become prepared for the tax season. Understanding your financial activity can ensure you claim the appropriate deductions and don’t leave cash you have made for the tax man!

Control Spending – Tracking expenses will allow you to monitor if and when you go over, or under budget, influencing your decision making. Bookkeeping allows you to become more financially aware.

Bookkeeping refers to the process of documenting a business’s financial activity, allowing business owners to acknowledge and track their expenses.

From this understanding comes action – business owners can make educated decisions and choices that will affect their revenue and profit, once they understand the business’s expenses.

Managing Cash Flow With Bookkeeping

Cash flow means the amount of money that comes in and out of the business. We currently find ourselves navigating an uncertain financial landscape, so uncertainty regarding cash flow can lead a business into extreme financial difficulties.

Understanding business cash flow is important whenever, but most importantly when we find ourselves in economic uncertainty. If the Covid-19 pandemic and the cost of living crisis have taught businesses anything, it is to monitor cash flow and make advised decisions for the future of the business.

Every business aims for a positive cash flow – for more money to be coming in than out – and this is where bookkeeping can help.

If we know bookkeeping as the practice of tracking financial transactions, it makes sense that it plays such a huge role in managing cash flow. Understanding how much money is coming into the business as well as leaving, through bookkeeping can offer great advantages when it comes to forecasting the financial future of a business.

Having an accountant specialising in bookkeeping on board is useful when advising on cash flow decisions.

Bookkeeping Tips For Effective Expense Tracking And Cash Flow Management

Having an accountant on board your business, specifically someone who can manage your bookkeeping is ultimately essential when it comes to tracking expenses and managing cash flow. Without bookkeeping, tracking expenses and managing cash flow becomes almost impossible.

Bookkeeping helps a business keep accurate and up to date records – one of our top tips when it comes to expense tracking and cash flow management.

These records can take form in many different ways including; reconciling bank statements, using a business bank account and forecasting future cash flows.

Bookkeeping At Rivington Accounts

At Rivington Accounts, we help businesses with their bookkeeping and VAT returns, allowing them to further understand their financial activity and therefore make appropriate decisions concerning expenses and cash flow.

We appreciate that bookkeeping and other financial admin tasks often take a back seat when accompanied by the complexities of running a business – this is where we come in! 

Although it is often regarded as the ‘boring’ stuff – it is ultimately one of the most important elements of your business, especially during the current economic landscape we find ourselves in.

If you would like to discuss more on how bookkeeping can help you track your expenses and manage your cash flow, ultimately resulting in financial successes in the future – get in touch with a member of the team.

You can reach us by calling 01257 429252 or emailing