In order to run a successful business, a lot has to happen on the back end. Accounting, which is usually performed by the business owner in the beginning, is the place where revenue and expenses meet, and hopefully result in a positive number. While business accounting can become very complex, do-it-yourself business owners can make things easier by understanding the differences between accounts payable, accounts receivable, and liabilities.
Accounts payable are fairly simple. They consist mostly of bills to your business that you need to pay. Typical accounts payable include invoices from suppliers, payroll expenses, lease payments on the office or facilities, company lines of credit, and other short-term debt and overhead costs. Think of accounts payable as an inbox, of sorts. Your goal as a business owner is to keep that inbox empty by paying off any amounts due to other people or businesses.<