The best advice I can give anyone is, don't start closing after the month ends. We make any entry that we can in the before the last day of the month. From this starting point, we can add or subtract the operating activities reported on the income statement. This includes all revenues and expenses that the company incurred during the year. Close the books with less runaround. Share this sheet with your accounting team to easily manage your financial month end process and keep everyone on schedule. Use the sheet for monthly, quarterly, and annual tasks. Once the balance of each account is calculated, all numbers are entered into the small business’ accounting database. This greatly simplifies the process of producing standard monthly reports. Regardless of company size or complexity, all successful financial close processes require continuous communication, comprehensive documentation and a flexible, responsive organization. The degree to which each building block is implemented will vary based on company size, type of industry, availability of resources and management commitment.