Instead of listing the items on a paper list the items can be just as easily listed on a spreadsheet which will add up the items as required without the requirement to double check the adding up is accurate. Such a list has a history in accounting term as a sales day book and a purchase day book. To achieve the required analysis of sales and purchases all that is required is to write into the top of each of the spreadsheet columns the titles of the analysis headings required. Then repeat the value of each transaction in the total column into the analysis columns. Use the spreadsheet technology to add up each column and you have an effective bookkeeping spreadsheet. Preparing such a bookkeeping spreadsheet might and often does suffice the needs of the smallest business enterprise and is a close step towards achieving a valuable tool for this purpose, bookkeeping software. Bookkeeping software can be as simple as a home produced spreadsheet but with additional facets that can have significant financial benefits to the business.
Some businesses are highly complex whereas other businesses have a simple business model and very few employees. If you see your doctor for a personal health check they will start off with some standard tests and progress to more detailed tests if required. It is the same with businesses, there are significant similarities between most businesses so much so that standard health checks can be performed on almost any business. It is possible to run a business health check based on benchmarks from similar businesses. This however does not tell the business owner or manager if the business is going in the direction that they would like to pursue.