Demystifying Restaurant Financial Statements – Part 3

 In 1. David Scott Peters, SMART Systems, 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 general ledger

As you watch the movie (the P&L), you listen to the lines of the actors. So not only do you see the delivery come in the back door, you hear the driver go down the list, in detail, of what he is delivering. Now you see the script written on paper, the line-by-line detail of what happened in the movie. This is the general ledger and it is the line-by-line detail of what happened in your business on a daily basis.

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