Accounting can be daunting for small business owners. With countless forms, reports and deadlines, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. But don’t worry – setting realistic expectations can make the process a lot easier. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what you should expect from your accounting system and how to ensure that you are meeting those expectations. Keep reading to learn more!

Know What You Need: The first step in setting realistic expectations is understanding what you need from your accounting system. Do you need an accounting system that tracks income and expenses? Or do you need one that also includes features like payroll and inventory management? Knowing your needs will help ensure that your expectations are feasible.

Get the Right Software: Once you know what you need, it’s time to find the right software. There are many options out there, so take some time to research the best option for your business. Consider factors such as cost, ease of use, customer service, and features when making your decision.

Set Reasonable Deadlines: Now that you have the right software in place, it’s time to set reasonable deadlines for yourself and your team. Make sure these deadlines allow enough time for each task without sacrificing accuracy or quality. It’s also important to remember that unexpected hiccups may occur during the process, so leave room for these in your timeline as well.  If you’re using an accounting or bookkeeping firm, give them enough time to take care of your deadlines while keeping in mind that other clients may have critical deadlines as well.  We try to establish reasonable deadlines out of the gate, but next-day may not be feasible.

Understand Your Reports: Finally, make sure that you understand all of the reports generated by your accounting system. These reports can provide valuable insights into how well your business is performing financially; however, they can only provide accurate information if they are properly understood by everyone involved in their creation and use. So take some time to review them thoroughly before relying on their information too heavily when making decisions about your business’s future direction. If you don’t understand your reports, then hire a bookkeeping or accounting firm (such as Bookkeeping Made Simple) to help you read and understand them.

As a small business owner, it is important to set realistic expectations when it comes to accounting systems and processes. Knowing what you need from an accounting system and finding the right software with reasonable deadlines can help ensure success in this area of your business operations. Finally, understanding all of the reports generated by this system is essential for making informed decisions about where to go next with your business model or strategies moving forward! With these tips in mind, we hope that navigating the world of small business accounting becomes easier (and even somewhat fun!) for you! Good luck!

Donna Harris, MBA, also holds a BSci in Accounting and is the owner of Bookkeeping Made Simple.

Donna Harris

Donna Harris


Donna Harris, BSci Accounting, MBA, founded Bookkeeping Made Simple with the understanding that small businesses is the heart of the American economy. After offering to do books for a friend who said he didn't have enough work to keep someone in the office 20 hours a week, she recognized the need for an efficient, online system. She has 20 years of bookkeeping and accounting experience and is excited to help small business owners achieve their goals. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling whenever possible. She also loves reading, hiking, camping, cooking, yoga, and fitness.  A huge believer in lifelong education, she is currently working on her master's in Accounting.