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Tips to Manage Your Assets

Healthy habits with regards to book keeping and accounting practices will always save you time and money in the long run. When dealing with your cash accounts and assets, you need to keep exact track of income and spending – irrespective of how small or insignificant the dollar value may be. Every cent added up over a period of time can make a vast sum.

Following of a good accounting practice and asset management is extremely important, especially when you are required to submit tax to the government. There are numerous cases where small issues that appear insignificant come under the eye of scrutiny and can haunt you for years with the IRS on your back.

Accounting is also essential when you require loans/grants for business expansion/development. Such loans require submission of detailed accounting books. Under these circumstances, possession of proper documentation and books with accurate records enables you to establish your credentials as a responsible member of the business community.

Often, small business owners tend to overlook certain items, not realizing that they are actually assets. Anything worth money, or that can be sold, is considered an asset. For instance, most of us know that our computer equipment is an asset, but we may overlook the desk or even the chair we’re sitting on. Take a look around and see if you’ve missed any assets in your reconciliation.

Managing and properly reporting your physical assets needs to take several things into account. One of these is depreciation. When we talk about cars, the concept of depreciation becomes very clear. When you buy a car brand new at $15,000 you can’t expect to sell it five years later for the exact same price. As soon as car is driven off the lot it deprecates in value. Mileage, wear and tear, and any accidents also play a role in the depreciation of the car. The same goes for almost anything else you may be considering an asset. Property is an exception to this rule and in many areas goes up in value.

Office equipment and most other equipment purchased for a small business does follow the deprecation rule and must be taken into account when you are recording your assets. You may be feeling confused and overwhelmed at this point, but asset management can be fairly easy, given the proper tools.

The mature business market offers numerous software programs that can assist you with your asset management and book keeping. While most of these are heavily documented and are very user friendly, some assistance from a software expert can get you customized solutions too. However, when choosing to seek external assistance for your asset management and accounting, then the right choice would be a qualified CPA.

The main point to remember that asset management in small businesses is just as important as it is in large ones. Be sure to take this into consideration and document everything. You may end up paying a high price if you don’t.