For nearly 4 months I've been posting excerpts from a presentation I give to entrepreneurs trying to get businesses off the ground. Because the posts are scattered across many weeks, this post serves as a reference point to pull them all together. Part 1: Proper Recordkeeping Part 2: Scanned Copies of Receipts Part 3: Bookkeeping Systems [...]
In the last part, we talked about proper documentation of business income and expenses. Nearly 100% of the time, the first question people ask at this point is: do I have to keep all that paper, or can I scan the receipts?
Recordkeeping refers to recording the transactions that take place within your business. Documentation refers to the proof of the numbers in your recordkeeping system.
As with almost anything I discuss on this blog, the answer to the question posed in the title is: "it depends." Quicken works fine for small businesses with simple recordkeeping needs, but it quickly gets overwhelmed by more-complex situations.
Recordkeeping Considerations for a Startup Business - keep your receipts!