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How to Keep Tabs on Your Business Cash

Part of the Starting & Running a Business All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Cash is the lifeblood of any business, whether it’s a multi-billion dollar empire or a tiny independent company. Refer to these handy bullets when delegating the handling of cash within your business to ensure a fail-safe system of cash-flow:

  • Separate cash handlers. Be sure that the person who accepts cash isn’t also recording the transaction.

  • Separate authorisation responsibilities. Be sure that the person who authorizes a payment isn’t also signing the cheque or dispersing the cash.

  • Separate the duties of your bookkeeping function to ensure a good system of checks and balances. Don’t put too much trust in one person – unless it’s yourself.

  • Separate operational responsibility (actual day-to-day transactions) from record-keeping responsibility (entering transactions in the books).

  • Start out each month with a cash flow projection and then track performance.

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