The Entrepreneur’s Relationship With Accounting Data

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The Entrepreneur’s Relationship With Accounting Data

In a world of start-ups and entrepreneurial ventures, it’s easy for a small business owner to get fixated on the end goal – making the best product or service and bringing it to market by any means possible. The strive to succeed in an ongoing competitive environment takes precedence.

This mentality can be an entrepreneur’s biggest downfall because vital tasks, such as accounting and bookkeeping, become side projects that are either outsourced or pushed to the last minute. This can create unnecessary stress on your business that could have been prevented.

Entrepreneurs don’t have to be fully versed in translating accounting spreadsheets and financial statements to run a successful business. However, they must understand and use financial information to make sound business decisions. Having an accountant or bookkeeper who develops a working relationship with your financial data and acts as a trusted advisor can mean the difference between watching your business grow strong and steady or going down the path of no return when it becomes too late to correct your course. A great relationship with financial data is empowering and crucial to helping you make more strategic goals, commitments and progress.

Plan for the Future

Getting people on board with your business idea is a large part of the job of an entrepreneur. Setting goals requires an understanding of financial and operational data. By making quantitative goals, not only do you have measurable proof points for your investors, but they are motivators to yourself and those who work with you or for you.

Using this data can also help you set qualitative goals and motivate your team. Having the right accountant or bookkeeper on your side who provides these insights can help you set future goals. The factor that makes this piece of the relationship successful is the ability of the business owner to link this data to real-world situations.

Make More Informed Commitments

There are three common pain points that keep small business owners up at night:

  • Cash flow and how much money is coming into and leaving the business
  • Accounts payable questions or who do I owe money to
  • Accounts receivable questions and who owes me money

Understanding your financials and the calculations provided to you by your accountant or your accounting software can resolve these pain points and help you make more effective time, energy and money commitments to attract customers and deliver goods and services at a larger and more efficient scale. It is vital to track and understand these pieces of your financial landscape as all these promises impact your small business's growth rate and stability.

Commit to Continued Progress

All the pieces above combined will help you measure and reassess your progress so you can reward and encourage profitable behaviours, report progress to third parties, and revise your business decisions if necessary. Staying on top of your analytics is important, as measuring the predictions you made earlier and comparing them to your progress helps keep you transparent and on track.

This creates an accountability factor in your relationship with your accounting data—measuring trends in revenue can help you gain and exploit opportunities down the road. Understanding the areas that may not be so productive becomes easier because you’ve likely caught the bottleneck early enough that it can be corrected before it poses a real threat to your business.

Strategize on the Benefits of Technology

As a small business owner, it is important to understand and converse with your financial data instead of fearing it. You are time-constrained and likely on the go for most of the day, with a busy schedule and competing priorities. Having a trusted advisor who empowers you and ensures you have the tools to be agile in making strategic business decisions will ease this predicament.

As an entrepreneur, you need to look at your financial data at a granular level to understand what is selling, what’s not, expense details, etc. It’s important to have an advisor you trust on your side who can help you see the bigger picture and find the devil in the details. This advisor can help you understand how to plan for the future, make informed commitments, commit to progress, and strategize on the benefits of technology.

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Omar Visram
About Omar Visram
Omar Visram is the Co-founder and CEO of Enkel Backoffice Solutions Inc. Headquartered in Vancouver, Enkel provides bookkeeping, payroll, accounts payable and accounts receivable services to over 300 organizations Canada-wide.