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.
Every small business needs to keep records of sales invoices and income received and purchase invoices in respect of expenses. It is not sufficient for accounting and taxation purposes for these receipts and payments to be left in the office or the back of a van in a carrier bag. At some stage these prime bookkeeping documents need to be processed. Processing the financial documents related to a business enterprise basically means they need to be listed. For taxation and financial control purposes the invoices also need to be added up and analyzed. The most basic method would be to simply make a list of the sales income and a second list of the purchase expenses. Using a manual method of listing the information falls short of the analysis required and is more time consuming that using a little technology to both ensure the summation is accurate and the analysis simplified. Listing the sales and expenses of a small business on spreadsheets is no more difficult then a manual paper system and has tremendous advantages in automating and ensuring accuracy.