Fri 17 Apr 2015 | By:

5 Accounting Mistakes Every Alaska Entrepreneur Should Avoid

Accounting Mistakes to Avoid

As a small business owner, I understand that you have a lot on your plate. Starting and running a business can really be difficult and you have to face the fact that time doesn’t really assure you of anything – including making you an expert in all facets of managing a business.

Regardless if you run an Alaska small business or you’re in-charge of the finances in your workplace, it pays to familiarize yourself with the most common accounting mistakes that you should avoid.

Accounting errors can affect your Alaska small business immensely and you don’t want to suffer the consequences of being careless.

In this article, we’re going to return to the basics of accounting and discuss the 5 most common accounting mistakes that you should take note of!


1) Lack of an accounting flow.

You might wonder what’s an accounting flow for when you can work on your accounting and bookkeeping responsibilities without it.  An accounting flow is more important than you think. There are definitely businesses who don’t follow a specific flow in managing their finances but having one will give you an advantage.

Having an accounting flow is like having a guide, it helps you stay organized and be on top of every accounting task. Whether you’re dealing with unexpected accounting situations or you’re simply doing routine work, you have a basis as to how you’ll work on things.


2) Failure to delegate.

Other than accounting, there are numerous aspects of a business that you have to focus on. One of the many reasons why accounting errors occur is because of the lack of proper task delegation. Imagine doing all the work yourself, are you sure that you’ll be able to keep track of everything? Even if you try your best to stay on top of everything, it’s inevitable to commit mistakes.

Whether it’s accounting or other administrative tasks, you need to delegate tasks accordingly. In this way, you only have to place your attention on one or two jobs, allowing you to do things more efficiently – it’s as easy as that!


3) Inability to set a specific budget.

Setting a budget for your company is the first step so you can manage your business’s expenses and cash flow properly. A budget will be your overall basis in every financial decision that you’ll make as well as in judging your business results. It will allow you to create realistic and achievable business goals.

Aside from all these, it will also prevent you from under or over spending.


4) Ignoring important financial reports.

Financial/accounting reports are made for a reason, however, most entrepreneurs fail to see the importance of these important pieces of documents. To avoid committing this mistake, take time to read and understand what is contained in your accounting reports because there are definitely golden nuggets beneath those papers.

If you’re not so sure how to interpret them, you can always consult an accountant to explain things for you or you can use an accounting software instead because they have business professionals who are just one call away if you need any help.


5) Mixing business with personal life.

A top rule that you need to follow in business accounting is to never involve your personal expenses with business. Personal pleasure and business should always be separate.

Many entrepreneurs fail to follow this simple rule, making their business bank account as their personal go-to for expenses. If you do this, you will find it difficult to trace where your expenses are going. To avoid this mistake, create a business bank account during the start of your operations.


Choosing a Small Business Accounting Software

From these 5 accounting mistakes, how did you rate? Now that you’re aware of these errors, I hope that you’ll be able to keep yourself in check while doing your accounting tasks. If you want to run your Alaska startup as smoothly as possible, and monitor your finances efficiently, I suggest you use an accounting software – it really helps!

About Liesha Petrovich

Liesha is a small business owner of 20 years, host of Startup Savant, the owner of a karate dojo in Maine, and creator of Work Mobly. During free time she's with her family and working on a Doctorate in Entrepreneurship.