With the implementation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), finance and accounting departments have scrambled to put in place internal control systems as required by SOX section 404. Compliance with SOX and SEC regulations are certainly good reasons for companies to create a financial control system.
Business Capital is the most critical component that fuels your company and keeps it safe from sharks in the banking world. Without it, organizations can’t grow. or you may be bootstrapping your startup, but how do you figure out how much cash a company needs? Continue reading How Do You Figure Out How Much Cash a Company Needs?
The Internal Control Procedures Series provides a risk reducing framework of financial internal controls for the ten core accounting cycles — these cycles make up the accounting body of knowledge. Each financial cycle focuses on a key element of business accounting and, therefore, should be covered in your company’s financial accounting policies and procedures manual. Continue reading What are Financial Internal Controls?
Basic Cost Accounting Information starts with cost: a financial measure within your accounting management system defined as resources consumed or acquired in accomplishing a specified purpose such as performing a service, providing a product, or carrying out a project or program regardless of when the resources were ordered, received, or paid. Cost can be defined in a variety of ways depending on the objectives or information desired. Continue reading What Are the Uses of Cost Accounting Information?
The financial transactions of any accounting system can be grouped into four major accounting cycles: Revenue, Purchase, Payroll, and General Journal. Continue reading How Do Accounting Systems Work?
How familiar are you with the accounting rules and concepts utilized by accounting systems? If you were more confident with the information generated by your accounting program, would it help you to use it more effectively to run your company? More importantly, do you understand how your Accounting Policies and Procedures integrate with the accounting rules and concepts to produce the internal controls you need? Continue reading What Are Accounting Management Systems?
What is the purpose of a procedure? To decrease variability? To ensure product and process consistency? Well, as you decrease process variability, you increase process control. Management needs control: management control, process control, internal controls, and controlled outputs. Policies and procedures help provide controls that management wants and that regulators or auditors demand. Control is also a crucial element of corporate governance. Do you know the three types of processes that exhibit control? Continue reading What Types of Processes Exhibit Control?
Why Write an Accounting Manual of Policies & Procedures?
Every company should document its accounting procedure process. A well-designed and properly maintained system of accounting policies and procedures documentation enhances your accountability and consistency, while at the same time producing long-term savings from reduced duplication, rework, training, and increased focus, consistency, and productivity. Writing accounting manuals of policies and procedures is an important task. Consider a template from Bizmanualz to help save you time. Continue reading What are Accounting Policies & Procedures Manuals?
One important topic on finance processes is knowing how to manage working capital. Working capital is the money it takes to run your business on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. It is the money used to pay your suppliers for materials and the money needed to pay for the goods and services (i.e. inventory and payroll) you have used while you wait for your customers to pay you. Continue reading How to Manage Working Capital
According to the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), an effective internal control system helps ensure that our organizational processes are functioning properly, that our financial information is reliable, and that we’re in compliance with applicable regulations. Businesses primarily implement an internal control system to protect themselves from internal fraud and abuse, while many do so with regulatory or standards compliance in mind. Continue reading Why Is an Effective Internal Control System Crucial for Success?