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Cost behavior analysis is the study of how certain costs behave in a business. Understanding cost behavior is crucial for managers so they can control costs effectively. In this post, we will give a brief overview of cost behavior and the different types of costs a manager can analyze. More information can be found on

In accounting, T-accounts are used to track economic activity within the business. A T-account is an individual record of an increase/decrease in an asset, liability, stockholder’s equity, revenue, or expense. Each T-account consists of three parts: the title of the account, a debit, and a credit. A debit is the left side of the account.

In previous posts, we’ve discussed how budgeting is essential to managerial control and accounting. Preparing budgets is an important step for managers to plan finances. When it comes to preparing budgets, preparing the operating budgets is usually the first step. In this post, we will explore the different components of the operating budgets.    

A large part of a manager’s job is planning. Budgets are the main tool managers use for planning and for having financial control in a business. A budget is defined as a formal written statement of a manager’s plans for a time period in financial terms. In this post, we will give some tips and

In small business accounting, some concepts can be trickier than simply recording assets, liabilities, and transactions. Some companies receive advances in payments before actual services are performed. In accounting, this is called Unearned Revenue. Unearned revenue must be reported in order for companies to comply with GAAP* principles. When the company receives an advance, it

Even if managers aren’t actively filling out financial information, it’s important that they have a firm grasp on rules and standards for filling out financial information. Also, understanding financial information itself  is critical for managers to make informed decisions. In this post, we will discuss the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and its implications on businesses and managers.

In recent years, many financial scandals have come to light in the media. Companies such as Enron, WorldCom, and AIG have experienced significant scandals due to unethical and sometimes illegal accounting practices. It is important for companies to prepare financial statements correctly and legally to avoid punishment, but also to have an honest relationship with

There are two types of accounting: accrual and cash. It’s important for a small business to understand the two systems in order to select the correct accounting methods. In this post, we will discuss the differences between cash basis and accrual basis accounting.           Accrual basis accounting means that companies record