Accounting & Finance Checklist

Monthly Small Business Finance Checklist

Written by David Hill

Running a business requires staying on top of the day-to-day details as well as the bigger picture. As a small business owner, you can easily get caught up in your daily operations and lose sight of where you’re going.

Take time out to review your finances in detail at least once a month.

By doing this, you could better understand your business, ensure regular payments by invoicing on time and catch any issues before they get worse. Reviewing your finances regularly could also help with managing working capital, inventory and stock, and cash flow. With a regular and detailed check-in, you could drive your business – and profits – to new heights.

Download the checklist to learn the best tips to help you motivate your employees.

Monthly checklist items

Make sure you track the following items with your balance sheet, profit and loss statement, cash flow statement, and other key financial statements. Get help from your accountant or bookkeeper where required.

  • All financial data – Review and update all financial data, including transactions like outgoings and incomings.
  • Pay bills – Ensure accounts payable, bills and expenses are paid as they are due. Paying on time can boost goodwill with suppliers.
  • Review suppliers – Check account statements from suppliers and consider whether you’re still getting good value for money. If not, consider looking for new suppliers or negotiating better contracts.
  • Sales – Check year-on-year sales data and consider how you’re doing compared to last year, by referring to cost and profit levels. Reassess your business and marketing plans if necessary.
  • Tax – Check in with tax considerations to see where you can save and defer on taxes, whether it’s investing in assets or paying bills to boost tax savings for the current financial year.
  • Payroll and staff – Make sure all staff records, including payroll and payroll taxes, are up to date
  • Working capital – Review your working capital – your monthly outlay on your regular expenses – and check it’s sufficient. Three months is a good rule of thumb. If you’re short on working capital, plan ahead with alternative arrangements such as an overdraft facility.
  • Cash flow – Check your cash flow health and plan for the coming months. Make sure your working capital, inventory practices, and invoicing arrangement support your cash flow needs.
  • Accounts receivables – Audit your accounts receivables and debtors to ensure all invoices have been issued and to check for for any overdue invoices and chase up overdue payments. Address problematic customers and late payers to avoid cash flow issues.
  • Inventory – If you carry physical stock, check inventory and assess whether your projected sales targets are being met. Work with your accountant to ensure you’re matching inventory levels to sales projections.
  • Bank accounts – Reconcile your bank accounts to ensure data has been entered correctly, confirm your financial statements are accurate, and make sure tax reporting is consistent
  • Download and update data – Download and backup your bank, credit card, and other financial transactions
  • Superannuation – Review your employee superannuation entitlements and plan for the next cycle
  • PAYG withholding – Check your PAYG withholding obligations have been fulfilled.
  • Financing – Review your debt and financing arrangements to make sure you’re fulfilling your obligations and not becoming overleveraged.

Checking your finances regularly could help you avoid costly pitfalls by catching and rectifying potential issues early. Take a systemic approach using a checklist and you could successfully manage things like cash flow, debt and tax to grow your business.

Download the checklist to learn the best tips to help you motivate your employees.

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About the author

David Hill

David Hill, an expert in his field, is the founder of Australian Debt Solvers aiming to help businesses achieve success. Connect with him on LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube.