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Financial Intelligence for Entrepreneurs: What You Really Need to Know About the Numbers by Joe Knight, Karen Berman

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The Income Statement Affects the Balance Sheet

So far we have been considering the balance sheet by itself. But here’s one of the best-kept secrets in the world of financial statements: a change in one statement nearly always has an impact on the other statements. So when you’re managing the income statement, you’re also having an effect on the balance sheet.

THE EFFECT OF PROFIT ON EQUITY

To see the relationship between profit, from the income statement, and equity, which appears on the balance sheet, we’ll look at a couple of examples. Here’s a highly simplified balance sheet for a brand-new (and very small!) company:

Assets

Cash $25
Accounts receivable 0
Total assets $25

Liabilities and Owners’ Equity

Accounts payable $ 0

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