Chapter 18

Developing a Balance Sheet

In This Chapter

arrow Breaking down the balance sheet

arrow Pulling together your balance sheet accounts

arrow Choosing a format

arrow Drawing conclusions from your balance sheet

arrow Polishing electronically produced balance sheets

Periodically, you want to know where your business stands. Therefore, at the end of each accounting period, you take a snapshot of your business’s condition. This snapshot, which is called a balance sheet, gives you a picture of where your business stands — how much it has in assets, how much it owes in liabilities, and how much the owners have invested in the business at a particular point in time.

This chapter explains the key ingredients of a balance sheet and tells you how to pull them all together. You also find out how to use some analytical tools called ratios to see how well your business is doing.

What Is a Balance Sheet?

Basically, creating a balance sheet is like taking a picture of the financial aspects of your business.

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