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What is Bookkeeping?

Bookkeeping is how your business keeps track of financial transactions and keeps its financial records accurate and up to date.

However, small business owners can struggle with bookkeeping if they don’t have a background in accounting. But, no matter your background or industry, bookkeeping is critical to the future of your business. Why?

First and foremost, bookkeeping works to record the financial health of a business. It shows owners and stakeholders how much money is moving in and out of the business, which is essential in allowing them to make more complex financial judgements.

It also helps to identify areas where costs can be reduced, and opportunities can be pursued. Bookkeeping provides a clear picture of the business’s financial state, which makes informed decisions about future investments and expenditures easier.

As it is fundamentally keeping an accurate and up to date record of a business’s finances, good bookkeeping is vitally important come tax-time, as well recorded information makes tax calculation and similar governmental requirements easier than they would otherwise be.


Additionally, good bookkeeping keeps track of cash flow, which is essential in maintaining financial stability. By keeping track of cash inflows and outflows, business owners can choose the optimal time to pay bills, make investments, or even expand their business. It can also identify when there may be a shortage of cash, allowing business owners to take action to address the issue before it becomes a major problem.

Furthermore, bookkeeping is essential for preparing financial statements, which provide a comprehensive overview of a business’s financial position. These statements are used by lenders, investors, and other stakeholders to evaluate the financial health of a business. Accurate and up-to-date financial statements can help to attract investment and financing, as they demonstrate that the business is well-managed and financially stable.


Bookkeeping is an essential aspect of running a successful business. By keeping track of financial transactions and ensuring that all financial records are accurate and up-to-date you can record the financial health of your business, maintain cash flow, and prepare financial statements.

Regular, high-quality bookkeeping is a crucial aspect of business success, and it is essential for small business owners to invest the time and resources necessary to maintain accurate financial records.

And if you’re in need of an accountant or bookkeeper, Whitson Dawson can help you. We offer a wide variety of business accounting and bookkeeping services.

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