Small Business Accounting Software – What Should It Do for You?

While you can be pretty sure your small business accounting software won’t magically balance your checkbook for you or get you better pricing, it can make those two functions (and many more) much easier! Using your accounting software as simply a place to store your data is like buying a car and only driving it around the block. Accounting software can do so much more than just store your data. And while no two businesses are alike, there are certain basic functions you should expect from your software.

Understand profitability

Somehow, some way within your small business accounting software, you should be able to get information about the profitability of your business, and be able to extract a report that tells you which of your items or services are most profitable.

Manage transactions

You enter information into your small business accounting software. Why not take it a step further and use reports to gain more information about those transactions? Reports can give you a quick glance at who owes you money, when it’s due, who you owe, and even which customer ordered the most of any given product. Knowledge is power. Knowing this kind of information can help you receive payment faster, help you get more sales, and much more.

Pull data for those who need it.

Eventually, you will be requested to provide financial information about your business to a third party, such as a financial institution. How easy will it be for you to get the information they are requesting? Will you or your staff spend hours tallying information by hand and submit it to them in a spreadsheet? Or will you run one report, export it to .PDF format, and e-mail it to them? The latter is a much more professional option, and you should be able to pull this directly from your accounting system.

The above are crucial functions, and using them can help you make the most of your small business accounting software. Don’t let your software investment go to waste! Use these functions and others available, to be sure you stay profitable and keep your business running smoothly.

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