How to do a balance sheet: a balance sheet is a financial document that shows the assets, liabilities, and owners' equity of a company at a given point in time. It's different from the income statement in that it is a snapshot on any given day, whereas the income statement spans a time period. Most companies prepare their balance sheets quarterly and yearly.
How To Do A Balance Sheet
To put together a balance sheet, you'll obviously need all of the financial data from your different trial balances. In reality, the information for a balance sheet starts with the individual transactions, but the purpose of this article is just to show you how to organize a balance sheet.
First of all, there are two sides to the balance sheet: the right and left side. On the left side, you'll have your assets. On the right side, you'll have two sections: liabilities and owners' equity. The left and right side will always be equal, and the main balance sheet equation is:
Assets = Liabilities + Owners' Equity
This makes sense because the Assets are on the left side, and it will always equal what is on the right side, which is the Liabilities and Owners' Equity accounts added together.