Do your Accounting Online and Save Time and Money
Updated: Aug 25, 2020
by Daniel Rose
Starting a new business is more than just coming up with an idea and pitching it to customers. There is a tonne of planning that goes into a new enterprise, followed by convincing financing sources to get behind the idea. Then there are tasks like hiring, securing necessary space, developing a marketing plan, and so on. Even accounting has to be considered long before the first sale is ever made.
A recent article published on the NASDAQ website offers a list of helpful tips for new entrepreneurs who hope to build successful SMEs. Among those tips are the dual suggestions of leaving the accounting to someone else and utilizing the latest accounting technology and software. The tips should come as no surprise if you know how online accounting is revolutionizing the way SMEs do business.
The NASDAQ article suggests that recommending state-of-the-art accounting software is one of the best tips an experienced business owner could pass along to a new entrepreneur. Accounting software beats manual, paper accounting in nearly every respect. As for delegating small business accounting to someone else, it is a matter of contracting with a third-party provider who specialists in accounting.
As the article explains, not everyone is cut out for accounting. That is not a bad thing. So why would an entrepreneur beat him/herself over the head trying to handle accounting in-house when there are so many specialists ready and willing to take on the task?
Five Ways Online Accounting Is Revolutionizing Business
If moving accounting online with a specialist provider is really a great tip for new entrepreneurs, there have to be at least a few reasons for it. There are actually five:
1. Online Accounting Saves Time
Online accounting platforms are built around technology. In turn, that technology is built on the idea of automating as many accounting tasks as possible. A good accounting software package saves time through automation. Business owners no longer have to spend hour after hour laboring over manual accounting tasks.
2. Online Accounting Is More Efficient
Accounting automation means an end to double and triple entry systems that are highly inefficient. Accounting software can integrate with bank accounts for daily reconciliation, record keeping, and so forth.
3. Online Means in the Cloud
One of the most revolutionary aspects of online accounting is that everything is done in the cloud. This means a business owner and all approved staff have access to accounting data in real time, from anywhere they have an internet connection. All it takes is a computer or mobile app.
4. Online Is More Accurate
Dispensing with manual accounting in favor of an online platform reduces errors and inaccuracies. Software handles all the number crunching, and the amount of human input is as limited as possible.
5. Tracking Business Is Easier
Finally, online accounting in the cloud keeps all a company’s data in one central location for easy access. This means tracking the company’s performance is as simple as can be. Business owners can customize reports for looking at history, current cash flow, future projections, etc. All the data is there at the fingertips.
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