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Business Forms & Record Keeping

Proper record keeping is essential to any business, no matter its size. Record keeping refers to the use of various business forms that helps a business to stay organized and track all transactions and business data, including business income, expenses, credits, and debts - all documents that simplify the process of preparing financial statements and completing tax returns each year. These however, are not the only reasons why a business should be keeping forms. Accessible record keeping is necessary to improving how the business operates and assists in monitoring business performance. Ultimately, form use provides a basis for planning future growth and offers a trustworthy means of showing potential lenders and investors how well a business is performing.

Record Books
Record Books - Account, Bookkeeping Record, Electronic Reference
Forms, Record Keeping & Reference
Forms, Record Keeping & Reference
Maps & Globes
Maps & Globes - Atlases, Flags, Globes, Map Marking Systems
Time Record Keeping
Time Record Keeping - Manual Record, Time Card & Badge Racks, Time Clock Cards
Check Supplies
Check Supplies - Forms, Record Keeping & Check Register
Business Forms
Business Forms - Credit / Debit, Expense, Gift Certificates, Invoices
Human Resources
Human Resources - Awards, Certificates & Plaques, Labor Law Posters, Motivational

Accurate business forms do not require investing in complicated software programs. A basic paper business form is often accurate enough to get the job done, especially for small business record keeping. Small businesses often have no need for all of the elaborate extras included in software systems. To save time, various forms, business journals and ledgers can be used to quickly record each transaction. For instance, using separate forms for payroll and sales helps categorize and organize business expenses from multiple revenue sources. Nonmonetary assets such as equipment can also be tracked using forms.

Keeping track of all financial records and developing a record keeping system will help a business correctly account for all profits and losses. These forms can include credit card sales slips, tax forms, and business purchase orders, petty cash, and accounts payable information. One of the benefits of keeping track of all of this data and keeping it consistently updated is the ability for the business to relieve the burden of having to pay an outside accountant to handle financial information. With in-house tracking of this vital information, a business becomes more successful at handling all types of financial situations and responding to these issues more immediately. For example, a business that tracks its own income may notice a decrease in new customer orders or a large increase in the total amount paid on monthly bills. Through quick response, these issues can be addressed to keep the damage from spiraling out of control.

In addition to helping a business stay in the black, keeping records can be used to increase productivity and better manage time. Take the daily agenda business form for example. The form can be used to help a business outline the most important tasks to be done each day and to ensure that daily operations run smoothly. A visitor register book is another valuable record that allows a business to track its clients and visitors.

Having an attractive product or service is not a guarantee that a business will not fail. Indeed thousands of businesses end up failing each year despite the usefulness of their offerings. These businesses often failed to stay in business because they undervalued the importance of maintaining precise records and forms. Setting up a record keeping system and putting it to work, however, can help a business continue to thrive.