Demystifying Restaurant Financial Statements – Part 1

 In 1. David Scott Peters, The Numbers, Tip of the Day

By David Scott Peters

Restaurant Tip of the Week

There are three basic tools/reports you need to understand when it comes to demystifying financial statements. They are the balance sheet, the profit and loss statement (P&L) and the general ledger. All of these tools are intimately connected; one cannot exist independently of the others.

The balance sheet

The balance sheet is a tool that shows you the health of your business. The simplest way to think about a balance sheet is like this: take your digital camera out and take a picture of your business. Print out the photo on your printer immediately. What you will see is a snapshot in time, showing what assets you have and who owns them.

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