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There are 3 tools that folks can use to manage their personal finances. They are a personal life plan a personal budget and a personal balance sheet. When these tools are identified to folks most acknowledge a life plan but do not really have one. Most know and try to have a budget...sort of. However an amazing number of people have no idea what a balance sheet is. So here are the basic things you should know about a balance sheet. Why should I have a balance sheet? A balance sheet is where you keep track of how much you own and how much you owe and the difference between the two. You take the value of your assets (what you own) and subtract the value of your debts (what you owe) to get your net worth. You should know what your net worth is at any given time.
When financial statements are put together the balance sheet will most commonly be the first page in the review. Within the year end statement you will also need to have the cash flow income and note statements. Once all of this is prepared you can then begin completing the balance sheet. The category you will need to work with first when completing balance sheet accounting are the assets. First you will list the current assets which will include prepaid expenses inventory cash investments of short term and receivables due. Then you will need to list the investments which will be any investments that are contracted for longer than one year. The next subtitle will be fixed assets which include equipment and property. If you have any other assets that do not fit into the previous categories you can create a subtitle for all other assets. You will then need to total all of these figures and combine them into a total. Once you list your assets you will then to create a category called liabilities. Within your current liabilities you will need to list interest due within the year income taxes and accounts payable. After this you will need to display your long term liabilities. This will be anything you are paying out longer than one year and then again total it all up.
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Your assets are tangible items such as cash inventory buildings land and equipment as well as investments prepaid expenses and money owed to you (accounts receivable notes receivable etc.) On a balance sheet assets are listed in groups based on their liquidity. Liquidity is a measure of how quickly these assets can be converted into cash sold or consumed. Current assets - assets that one can reasonably expect to be converted into cash within a year (e.g. accounts receivable) or can be converted into cash on demand (e.g. stocks) are listed first on the left-hand side and then totaled. Fixed assets follow next - fixed assets are expected to be around a while and persist - these include buildings vehicles and equipment. Finally total assets are added-up at the bottom of the assets section of the balance sheet. Liabilities reflect all the money your business owes out to others.