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Have you heard the old adage, "Make hay while the sun shines?" In simplest terms, the equity section of a balance sheet tells us exactly how much hay is in the barn.
This section of the balance sheet is usually the most confusing. Understanding it asks us to be a bit abstract.
Assets are straight forward. Liabilities are too. We know what we own, and we know what we owe.
Equity on the other hand is what our business is worth in accounting terms. (The equity section does not account for Goodwill that has been established.) To determine the true value of your business you would need to speak with a valuation expert.
In the simplest terms, equity accumulates the profit/loss throughout the life of the business, initial investments or injections and amounts withdrawn from the business. The exact way these are handled will depend on the type of entity.
How about I offer you a down and dirty – straight to the point – boiled down version of the seven things you need to know about financials to be the savvy business owner you aspire to be?
Because, let's be honest, most of us aren’t going to raise our hand and volunteer to sit through Accounting 101!
This marks the beginning of a seven-week blog series covering the six major categories found within financial statements. Each week we will go in-depth to clearly identify what you need to know quickly, easily and efficiently to produce the best reports possible.
By understanding the in’s and out’s of each category, you can totally up your accounting game! And doesn't everyone want to do that??
After the series you will:
Week 1: Short Introduction to the Dynamics of the Balance Sheet (BS) & Profit & Loss (P&L)
Balance Sheet Categories
Week 2: Assets
Week 3: Liabilities
Week 4: Owner’s Equity
Profit & Loss Categories
Week 5: Sales
Week 6: Cost of Goods Sold
Week 7: Expenses
Let’s get started on our Week 1 Introduction!
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