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As the current financial year draws to a close, it's time for bookkeepers to prepare for the new one. Planning ahead ensures a smooth transition and sets the stage for a successful year. Here’s a comprehensive guide that identifies common pain points and their solutions to help you plan effectively for the new financial year.

Pain Point 1: Discrepancies in Financial Records
Solution: Conduct a Thorough Review and Reconcile Accounts

Before looking forward, it's essential to look back. Conduct a thorough review of the past financial year's financial records. Identify any discrepancies and rectify them. Regular audits and checks throughout the year can prevent discrepancies from accumulating.

Reconciliation is a critical step in closing out the financial year and preparing for the next one. Ensure all accounts, including bank accounts, credit cards, and loans, are reconciled. This step helps to verify the accuracy of your records and identify any outstanding issues that need to be addressed.

Pain Point 2: Unclear Financial Goals
Solution: Set Clear Financial Goals

Establish clear, measurable financial goals for the new financial year. Whether it's increasing revenue, reducing expenses, or improving cash flow, setting specific targets will give you a roadmap to follow. Ensure these goals align with the broader objectives of the business you support.

Pain Point 3: Outdated Budget
Solution: Update Your Budget

Based on your review and new financial goals, update your budget. A well-planned budget is crucial for managing finances effectively. Include projections for income, expenses, and cash flow. Make sure to factor in any anticipated changes, such as new business ventures, market conditions, or regulatory requirements.

Pain Point 4: Disorganised Financial Records
Solution: Organise Financial Records

Ensure all financial records are organised and up to date. This includes bank statements, invoices, receipts, and payroll records. An organised system will save time and reduce stress when you need to retrieve information quickly. Consider using accounting software to streamline this process.

Pain Point 5: Compliance Issues
Solution: Review Compliance Requirements

Stay informed about any changes in BAS or GST laws and compliance requirements that may affect your bookkeeping practices. Ensure that your business is compliant with all relevant regulations. This may involve updating your bookkeeping practices, filing necessary forms, and staying abreast of new legislation.

Pain Point 6: Inefficient Processes
Solution: Implement Efficiency Improvements

Look for ways to improve efficiency in your bookkeeping processes. This could involve adopting new technology, streamlining workflows, or investing in training for your team. Efficiency improvements can save time and reduce errors, allowing you to focus on more strategic tasks.

Pain Point 7: Lack of Communication with Stakeholders
Solution: Communicate with Stakeholders

Keep stakeholders informed about the financial status and goals for the new financial year. Regular communication builds trust and ensures that everyone is aligned with the financial strategy. Provide clear, concise reports and be prepared to answer any questions.

Pain Point 8: Bookkeeper Burnout
Solution: Prioritise Self-Care

Lastly, remember that taking care of your own mental and physical health is crucial. The end of the financial year can be a busy and stressful time. Ensure you take breaks, manage your workload, and seek support when needed. A healthy bookkeeper is a more effective bookkeeper.


Planning for the new financial year is an essential task for bookkeepers. By addressing common pain points and implementing these solutions, you can ensure a smooth transition and set the stage for a successful year ahead. Remember, meticulous planning today leads to better financial health tomorrow.

Stay organised, stay informed, and most importantly, take care of yourself as you navigate through the financial year.


Katrina Aarsman

Article by Katrina Aarsman

Author of Grow, Profit, Exit, mother of two and mentor Katrina Aarsman has been with Pure Bookkeeping since 2018. As spokesperson for Pure Bookkeeping Australia, Katrina uses her role to help bookkeeping businesses in a meaningful way. Along with leading development, implementing goals and upholding values, Katrina is dedicated to staying in touch, on top of trends and issues with the bookkeeping industry. Before Pure Bookkeeping, Katrina built a multi-staffed bookkeeping business that she sold in 2015. Since then she has guided, supported and helped bookkeepers build and grow their businesses. She continues to find new things that inspire her and the people around her. Currently, she is exploring meditation and dreaming of one day living by the water.