For non-accountants, finances can be a scary and confusing subject. Ledgers and dividends and spreadsheets… oh my!
But just because you weren’t an accounting major doesn’t mean you don’t dabble in the subject. In today’s do-everything work environment, accounting for non-accountants is just a part of the job.
But don’t fret. Help is here! Check out these basic accounting tips for the non-accountant:
1. Be Organized. The core of public accounting is organization. Keeping your proverbial ducks in a row can be the difference between a perfectly balanced ledger and a million dollar mistake. Don’t let receipts, charges, etc. pile up. Process invoices as they come in and reconcile your bank accounts on a monthly basis. Be detailed and ready to provide backup for everything. Sometimes a simple description or reference can save hours of looking through files.
2. Be Resourceful. Accounting majors spend a minimum of 4 years learning this stuff, so don’t think it’s something you can jump into without at least a little training. Payroll training courses are a must for anyone taking on this role, even if only for a few months. Make sure courses are American Payroll Association (APA) certified and cover the fundamentals e.g. concepts, administration and record keeping. The Institute for Corporate and Continuing Education offers payroll certification classes in Tampa, QuickBook certification and even a course in the ABC’s of Accounting (for non-accountants).
3. Be Patient. You can rush a lot of things in life but numbers aren’t one of them. Take your time and always double check your work. Technology is great, but typing still means human error can enter the equation. Have someone else review your work when possible. Remember that no mistake is too small. A penny can make a big difference over time.
Finance and payroll for non-accountants can be frustrating and overwhelming. Through organization, training and patience you can master the tasks necessary for added accounting work. From a management perspective, creating a better prepared workforce through training will ultimately foster better relations and an increased bottom line.
QuickBooks training, basic accounting training and payroll training courses are a must for anyone taking on these tasks. You can find all these and more at The Institute for Corporate and Continuing Education. Register now for courses like Get Going with Quickbooks, ABC’s of Accounting (for non-accountants) and American Payroll Association: Pay Train Fundamentals and you will be on the yellow brick road to success! For more information go to www.TampaTraining.com.