Personal banking refers to the banking services available to individual customers. Personal banking is through local branches of banks. Banking services for personal banking vary widely. Opening different types of bank accounts, credit card facilities for individual customers, mortgages, personal loans, lines of credit, purchasing cars on interest, and insurances are offered.
Many other services are provided, along with personal banking services. For example, ATM services, online banking services, money/credit transfer to other bank accounts by way of funds transfer, utility bill payments, phone banking, 24-hour services of ATMs to withdraw cash, retirement planning services, insurance services, financial advising, and many other services are provided by banks. In today’s world, a few personal banking services are also provided by other financial institutes like insurance companies that also give loans, mortgages, and retirement plans.
Small businesses indicate private companies, business partners, and single proprietorships. There are fewer employees in small businesses. Annual revenue is also less than a medium-sized/regular sized businesses.
How Small Business and Personal Banking are Mingled
When an entrepreneur/financier mixes his account with a business account, many adverse things may happen. Business bookkeeping will also become mingled with personal banking.
Entrepreneurs have to face many challenges and decisions on setting up a small business, running business operations, and managing finances. They have to decide the best suitable location to start their small business to generate enough income and annual revenue. If a person wants to open a bakery, they will choose a place where customers can access it easily, and many other things are focused on choosing a location. While making these decisions, the entrepreneur often uses his account for investing money into the business as investment capital. Using their account creates a sticky business situation. This is because the entrepreneur’s account will also be mingled with other business bookkeeping and accounting components. This is how personal banking mingles with small-business bookkeeping and accounting. From the entrepreneur’s point of view, it seems easy to use their bank account to fund their business finances. Small business owners are usually inexperienced in starting and do not know the adverse effects this mingling of personal banking and small business can do to them and their business.
Entrepreneurs do not realize the long-term consequences of mingling personal banking and small business bookkeeping. They think it is better to save time for paperwork and going to banks to open new accounts. They think they have to invest a small capital in starting a small business, and it can be easily done with their account. That’s why many use their checking bank account for their business. This mistake is mostly made by beginners who want to invest their hard-earned money into a business to generate profits.
Adverse effects of mingling Small Business and Personal Banking
- Small business owners who mix personal banking with business operations often do not properly check and balance accounting statements. They do not interpret cash flow statements and financial statements with the balance sheets in a productive way.
- Business bank accounts are beneficial for business owners. In a time of need, they can get immediate loans and financial services. Credit card and debit card payments are made easier, along with cash and check services. Customers use these facilities and come back to the same business when they are made convenient.
- Tax deductions can be made accurately. But if the personal banking account is mingled with the business account, then tax will be charged at a higher percentage.
- Tax is paid on time through business accounts. Cash flow statements must only refer to business operations, not personal banking. Thus bookkeeping functions are made easier.
- An audit is for business accounting but, when both accounts (personal and business accounts) are intertwined, the income and expenses are misreported. This affects the audit process, as well.
- If a personal credit card is used for any business operations, then a log of all business operations records must be kept. This is a difficult and time-consuming task to do. It should be error-free as well. Mingling personal banking and business bookkeeping makes it difficult to track the records.
- As the business grows, financial needs will increase, and it will eventually need a separate business account. A separate business account gives a clear picture of business functions, and the business’s credit history will be clear.
A separate business account prevents mishaps in the interpretation of accounting statements. It increases the credibility of the business. When the business grows from a small investment, eventually, a separate account will be a requirement.About Complete Controller® – America’s Bookkeeping Experts Complete Controller is the Nation’s Leader in virtual bookkeeping, providing service to businesses and households alike. Utilizing Complete Controller’s technology, clients gain access to a cloud-hosted desktop where their entire team and tax accountant may access the QuickBooks™️ file, critical financial documents, and back-office tools in an efficient and secure environment. Complete Controller’s team of certified US-based accounting professionals provide bookkeeping, record storage, performance reporting, and controller services including training, cash-flow management, budgeting and forecasting, process and controls advisement, and bill-pay. With flat-rate service plans, Complete Controller is the most cost-effective expert accounting solution for business, family-office, trusts, and households of any size or complexity.