Common Bookkeeping Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

How Is Bookkeeping Important for a Business? Bookkeeping is important for keeping track of your business’s financial records. Even though it might seem boring compared to running your own business, good bookkeeping is key to keeping your business going strong. Clearing mistakes is also important to ensure your business runs smoothly. Here are some common tips on how to avoid them:

Neglecting Regular Reconciliation

Mistake: If you do not balance these accounts regularly, discrepancies and mistakes will appear in the financial books. If reconciliation does not occur, there is no way to determine a mistake between the records from the business end and from the bank’s end, which would result in all mistaken financial statements leading to legal issues.


Avoidance: Reconcile your bank statements, accounts receivable, and accounts payable. To prevent discrepancies in the future, set up regular reconciliations (be it weekly or monthly). Reconcile accounts monthly at a minimum, and consider using accounting software that will do this for you—saving time and reducing errors and the risk of manual entry problems.

Mixing Personal and Business Finances

Mistake: Mixing personal accounts with business transactions can be confusing. This can make it difficult to keep track of expenses, generate accurate financial reports, and stay compliant with the tax code as business and personal finances become hopelessly intertwined. 


Avoidance: Have separate personal and business bank accounts and credit cards so that your finances are clearly separated. If you use your business funds for personal reasons, utilize a business credit card and open a separate business checking account that helps to avoid confusion between personal transactions and client costs. The first is to just keep your funds separate, which will help with ease of bookkeeping as well as save you from potential legal and tax issues.

Not Keeping Proper Documentation

Mistake: A poor maintenance of documentation, expense tracking becomes difficult, resulting in deductions being hard to justify. If the proper documentation is not in place, businesses could find themselves unable to provide any proof of what they have been doing which then is going to show up when tax time comes around. 


Avoidance: Maintain complete records for all transactions and expenses, invoices (and quotes) to help the economic files and tax returns. Keep Records in a Safe Place: Important documents should be organized and safely filed, either physically or digitally. Use a document management system or cloud storage that helps you to maintain records.

Ignoring Petty Cash Transactions

Mistake: Failing to record petty cash expenses can lead to discrepancies and errors in your financial reports. Petty cash is used typically for small incidental transactions, but if these are not recorded it can disturb the financial position of the business.


Avoidance: Regularly track and reconcile petty cash transactions using a system to keep the flow of money transparent. An honest system to keep track of and reconcile petty cash transactions once in a while can ensure transparency in cash flow. Set up a petty cash fund with an allotted and hold the responsible for managing it. Demand receipts for all petty cash disbursements and balance the fund on a regular basis to match recorded activity.

Overlooking Tax Deadlines

Mistake: Businesses have to pay penalties due to late tax filings. If businesses do not file taxes on time or accurately, they may be subject to expensive non-filing fees and a loss of trust with tax authorities. 


Avoidance: Set your calendar or ask a tax professional to make sure that you won’t miss any tax. Important tax deadlines (quarterly estimated taxes and annual tax returns) are also important. As always, when in doubt about what your tax responsibilities are, consult with a CPA or tax attorney to be sure that you are legal.

Relying Completely on Manual Processes

Mistake: Relying completely on manual accounting leads to mistakes and inefficiencies. Manual methods are always tedious, error-prone, and heavy, so scaling is not easy when a business grows.


Avoidance: Use accounting software to automate the repetitive work of financial tasks, streamline processes, and ultimately help increase the accuracy of financial reports. Consider cloud-based solutions that offer remote access and automatic backups to ensure data security and accessibility.

Avoiding these mistakes in record-keeping can help businesses keep proper financial records, make sound decisions, and achieve long-term economic health. Continuous corrections of bookkeeping practices help companies to manage their finances and achieve goals.

How Can BRISK Assist?

BRISK helps you to prevent all bookkeeping mistakes. So, that’s where BRISK comes into play.

Professional Guidance: Our advice and guidance offer the peace of mind that ensures your business utilizes appropriate, government-compliant financial documents.


Customized Solutions: Not all businesses are the same, and BRISK provides bookkeeping solutions based on the specific requirements of each business, regardless of size, to ensure that your accounting is done in a streamlined and efficient way.


Technology Integration: BRISK can help businesses integrate accounting software that automates processes, reduces manual errors, and improves overall financial reporting accuracy.


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