TopicHow to read a balance sheet for dummies.
PostedThu, Sep 12th 2019 08:42 AM
By this time, you should have finished filling out your balance sheet template. Whenever you send information to a potential lender or creditor, this will be the first sheet in the package. However, you will also need to get templates for your Profits and Loss statements and other financials in order to give others a clear picture of the direction your business is going in. The balance sheet template is just a snapshot in time. The other pages, such as profit and loss statements, provide a longer statement.
Retained earnings are a little different. Remember the formula for the balance sheet? (Assets = Liabilities + Equity?) If you’ve filled out the rest of your balance sheet template, then you will have only retained earnings left to work with. Therefore, retained earnings are equal to Assets – Liabilities – Contributed Capital.