Secrets To Bookkeeping That Does Not Suck

In this episode, Sherri Mansell, Director of Bookkeeping That Does Not Suck shares reliable and actionable bookkeeping practices that will help law firm owners become more profitable. Sherri shares her passion for numbers and how understanding the story behind the numbers empowers law firm owners to make data-driven decisions.

The Seven Key Monthly Reports

Sherri outlined the seven essential reports every law firm (and small business) owner should examine monthly regardless of their practice area or billing model.
1. Balance Sheet

2. Profit and Loss (P&L) Statement

3. Budget Variance Report

4. Accounts Receivable (A/R) Report

5. Work in Process (WIP) Report

6. Cash Flow Forecasting Report

7. Three-Way IOLTA Trust Reconciliation

She emphasized the importance of looking at Balance Sheet and P&L Statement on a rolling 12-month basis to identify trends and spot areas for improvement. Sherri shared three of the most common questions and stressed the importance of receiving timely reports from your bookkeeper, ideally by the 8th business day of the month and no later than the 20th of the month.

The Consequences of Neglecting Your Numbers

Sherri shares cautionary tales of law firm owners who put off dealing with their finances, leading to stress, panic, and potential loss of their license when faced with a bar audit. She encouraged listeners to schedule a regular time each month to review their numbers.

Key Takeaways

  • Review the seven key financial reports with your bookkeeper every month
  • Use detailed charts of accounts to make data-driven business decisions
  • Breakdown payroll expenses by department for accurate labor ratio analysis
  • Address any IOLTA discrepancies within 30 days to remain compliant with your state bar

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