Accountants use the term Chart of Accounts to describe the listing of all the things you want to track and report on in your business. These include all of the assets, liabilities, revenue and expenses.
The purpose of the chart of accounts listing is to provide organization and structure for your financial reporting. The Chart of Accounts serves as the building blocks of your financial statements.
The level of detail in your chart of accounts listing will depend on how much information you want to see on your financial reports. For example, you may have three different sales accounts, as shown earlier: Sales-Kegs, Sales-Cans, and Sales-Bottles. Each captures the sales specific to a type of package.
Alternatively, you may have any number of different sales accounts to show sales by market and package type. For example, Sales Self-Distribution Kegs, Sales Self-Distribution Cans, Sales Self-Distribution Kegs, etc.
Be purposeful about the level of detail in your chart of accounts. More detail may be preferable, however this will take more time for your bookkeeper to record the transactions into the proper accounts. Start with the kind of reporting you need to see in your financial statements and build the chart of accounts accordingly.
Grab this Brewery Chart of Accounts template and use it as a starting point to create your own.
Watch the short video below for more details on the brewery financial chart of accounts: