“The global economy is built on two things: the internal combustion engine and Microsoft Excel. Never forget this.” - Kevin Hector
Excel accounting templates are a useful way to manage your personal or business accounts. There’s an entire library of accounting templates allowing you to simply manage your finances. It’s incredibly useful for planning tasks, managing data, and calculating finances.
Here are our favourite Microsoft Excel templates to help you with your accounting.
Small Business Cash Flow Forecast
This is a great Excel template that's free to use and great for small business owners and sole traders using the software for their bookkeeping.
This is a simple and accessible cash flow forecast template that can be used to track and predict how much money your business will have and whether or not it'll have enough to meet its financial obligations.
In this template, you can set your expenses and create a chart of your monthly balances, which will help you to better understand your finances and create sales targets to ensure your company is healthy.
Of course, this is just our favourite and you can always search for other cash flow templates for small businesses on the Microsoft site or other Excel template libraries.
This balance sheet template allows you to compare your financial balance across several years. It can be used to show increases and decreases in net worth, assets, liabilities, etc.
Remember that there's no reason you can't customise any template that you're using. After all, Excel templates are essentially just spreadsheets where somebody else has already done a lot of the work for you.
Once you've gotten on top of your bookkeeping and are comfortable with using Excel, you can make this template (and any other) more powerful by changing certain aspects of it to make it more applicable to you and your business.
Balance sheets are particularly useful as they can give you a better picture of what's going on with your business to make better decisions.
Business expense budget
This business expense budget template allows users to compare their monthly expenses against their planned business expenses. After all, controlling every expense is an important part of making a profit.
With this free and simple template, you can create charts and graphs to keep track of your monthly variances, calculate line items, and plan and make business decisions.
This particular template is used to keep track of expenses over a year and is divided into months. If you need something that for across several years, you can always search for other free templates and download them from the Microsoft website and Excel template websites.
Similarly, you can always duplicate the sheet for different years, but this won't automatically allow you to compare each year unless you modify it. Fortunately, this template is quite easy to modify.
General ledger with budget comparison
This is an accounting template that can help you keep a much closer eye on your financial accounts and expenses. Use this template to record your monthly expenses and set up your expense account, including charitable and sponsorship expenses.
This template also includes a summary worksheet and a year-to-date comparison against your budget estimates. This is one of the more detailed sheets in our list, so it mightn't be ideal for Excel novices. However, once you've got the hang of your accounts and how to create and manage spreadsheets, you should probably download this one.
The Advantages of Using Excel Templates
Though you may sometimes feel like you're in uncharted waters, you're not the first small business owner or sole trader to have to manage their accounts or do all the bookkeeping. It's very likely that somebody else has already come across every problem you encounter and already have found a solution in Excel to fix it or better manage their accounts.
Unless you have a very specific accounting need that's unique to you, there's probably an accounting template out there you can use or adapt. The latter is very important because while there are some simple templates you can use, you'll always want to ensure that they're fully adapted to your needs when using them. This is also very true when it comes to downloading Excel templates from other countries. There are certain records you have to keep and transactions you'll need to record as per UK law and not every template you download will include these.
Otherwise, templates can save you a lot of time and effort as much of the work has already been done and all you'll need to do is tweak a few things and put your information into the spreadsheet.
Where Can You Download Excel Templates?
Have you worked out what you need but can’t find any useful templates?
Here are some places online you can find plenty of different Excel templates. They exist to make your life much easier. From accounting to business analysis, you can use Excel for almost anything.
- Microsoft Office Templates
- The Spreadsheet Page
All you have to do is download the templates and you can start filling in the cells and Excel will do the rest. There are templates for everyone from large businesses to sole traders. There are a lot of Excel templates that conform to professional accounting standards, too. Use them for your accounting and ensure that your business accounts look professional.
Remember that these aren't the only places online to download Excel templates and you can always just search directly for a specific template in Google and find a good number of results.
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