Bookkeeping

If your business is very simple, you can use a paper system to set up and maintain your books. But the majority of businesses use accounting software.

Bookkeeping
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Bookkeeping - overview

A good bookkeeping system gives you accurate information to help manage your business. We explain your basic options and what the law requires.

Choosing accounting software
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Choosing accounting software

Accounting software makes your accounts quicker and easier to process - and you don't need to be a trained accountant. Our guide to choosing software.

Filing and records management
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Filing and records management

Information is vital to many businesses' competitive advantage - but only if it can be found and used effectively. Our guide to records management.

Set up and maintain your books
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Set up and maintain your books

Keeping accurate books is a legal requirement, as well as essential in making informed, productive business decisions. Our guide to bookkeeping.

Someone using accounting software on a tablet.
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Using accounting software

Good accounting software puts you in control of your business, letting you automate regular tasks, prepare forecasts and monitor business performance.

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Q&A: Bookkeeping for start-ups

Accurate bookkeeping can help you keep your business on track and will make it easier when the time comes to file your tax return.

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Q&A: Producing invoices

If you've never produced an invoice before, how do you know what to include? Chartered accountant Elaine Clark answers key questions about invoices.