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What Will A Balance Sheet Show?

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Nathaniel Hobby answered
Most accounting balance sheets classify a business' assets and liabilities into groups such as Current Assets; Property, Building, and Equipment; Current Liabilities; etc. These classifications can serve to make the balance sheet more useful to the readers.  The balance sheet is basically a piece of the business’ financial statements that shows a snapshot of a business at a given point and it shows the balances of the various accounts on the last day of the reporting period.

A business will include the balance sheet in many things, business plan updates, when presenting company management team updates, financing requests and other ventures it may be pursuing.  These documents are designed to give a balanced account of a business’ financial health and readiness to proceed.  Balance sheets are only one piece of the puzzle and should never be used as a sole sales or admonishment tool within the business structure. 

On one hand a balance sheet does reflect the financial strengths or weaknesses, it can miss the leveraged opportunities that are still being developed, market strategies that are newly released and other changes or improvements that have been made.  Some upfront costs will skew a quarterly budget and throw off the balance sheet for a short period of time. 

Small businesses should always keep a balance sheet on hand along with their marketing and sales strategies and an up to date business plan.  Keeping a current business plan and an up to date balance sheet can mean seizing an opportunity that someone less prepared may miss.  No matter how tempting it could be, never falsify a balance sheet, on a corporate level it could mean serious issues in both legal and job arenas but in a small business world, it could cost you a deal much faster than never having done a balance sheet before.
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Shalin Choksi answered
A balance sheet shows the assets and liabilities of a company. A balance sheet is an important financial statement of a company which has to be produced at the end of a period of time. A balance sheet is usually issued at the end of the year. It shows the financial position of the company. The balance sheet shows the expenses and incomes of the company and it has to tally at the end of it. If the balance sheet does not tally, there is something wrong with the calculations. Along with the balance sheet, you also need to calculate the trading and profit and loss statement of the company. The balance sheet is usually distributed to not just the people of the organisation but also to the general public so that the public can see the financial position of the company and buy their shares.

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