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Chiropractors, Avoid These Costly Mistakes

August 08, 20233 min read

As chiropractors, you dedicate your lives to improving the health and well-being of your patients. But amidst the daily hustle of running your practice, don’t overlook the numbers that keep your business thriving!

To help you avoid the most common bookkeeping mistakes, we've compiled a quick reference guide...

1. Neglecting Accurate Record-keeping

Just as precision is vital in your chiropractic adjustments, accuracy is equally crucial in your financial records. Neglecting to maintain meticulous records can lead to a host of problems, including misreported income, missed deductions, and potential legal issues. Embrace a disciplined approach to bookkeeping, ensuring that every transaction is accurately recorded and organized.

2. Failing to Separate Personal and Business Finances

This mistake is akin to attempting an adjustment without properly assessing the patient's condition. Mixing personal and business finances can create a tangled web that hinders your ability to track expenses, claim deductions, and maintain a clear financial picture of your practice. Establish separate bank accounts and credit cards for your business to maintain financial clarity and simplify tax reporting.

3. Overlooking Receipts and Documentation

When it comes to your patient records, thorough documentation is essential. The same thing is true in your bookkeeping--maintaining proper receipts and documentation is critical. Receipts serve as evidence for business expenses and deductions and protect you in the event of an audit. Implement a system to organize and store all relevant receipts, whether physical or digital, to avoid headaches down the road.

4. Forgetting to Reconcile Accounts Regularly

Imagine adjusting a patient without checking for misalignments - they wouldn't receive the same benefits from their adjustment. Similarly, neglecting to reconcile your financial accounts regularly can lead to inaccurate financial statements, unnoticed errors, and missed opportunities for financial optimization. Set aside dedicated time each month to reconcile your bank statements, credit card statements, and other financial accounts.

5. Fearing Technology

Just as embracing new chiropractic findings and/or techniques can enhance your practice, adopting technology in your bookkeeping processes can revolutionize your financial management. Automated bookkeeping software, cloud-based platforms, and digital tools can streamline your financial record-keeping, improve accuracy, and save you valuable time. Embrace technology as a tool to enhance your financial practices, rather than fearing it.

6. Delaying Tax Planning

Delaying tax planning is like waiting until a patient's condition worsens before intervening. Proactive tax planning is essential to minimize your tax liability and optimize your financial position. Engage the services of a qualified tax professional who understands the unique tax considerations for chiropractors and can help you navigate complex tax laws while maximizing deductions and credits.

7. Not Hiring Professional Assistance

Just as patients rely on your expertise for optimal health outcomes, seeking a professional bookkeeper that specializes in chiropractors can ensure optimal financial outcomes for your practice. Their expertise can save you time, help you avoid costly mistakes, and provide valuable financial insights tailored to your profession.

Avoiding these common bookkeeping mistakes is essential for chiropractors striving for financial excellence.

By taking charge of your financial destiny, you can optimize your practice's financial health and focus on what truly matters: providing exceptional care to your patients.

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Heidi Ryder, CDB

Heidi is a wife, mother, and entrepreneur seeking to glorify God in all that she does. As the bookkeeper for chiropractors, she believes in using her talent (numbers nerd!) to help chiros find freedom in their practices.

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