The easiest way to get started with Banana Accounting Plus is to choose one of the many available templates and customize it according to your needs.
Creating an accounting file, starting from a template
Proceed as follows:
- File menu, New command
- Select the Region, the Category and the Accounting type
- From the list of the templates that is displayed, select the template that is closest to your own needs.
- Click on the Create button
In the Search area, when entering a key word, the program displays the templates that contain the entered key word.
It is equally possible to start from a blank file, by activating the Create blank file option. In any case, in order to facilitate the start and avoid grouping errors, we recommend that you always start from an existing model.
Further information on how to create a new file is available on the Create New File page.
Setting up the File properties
Set up your own data from the File and Accounting properties command and save with your own file name.
Save to disk
With the File → Save As command, save the data and also assign a name to the file. The typical save dialog of your operating system appears.
- It is advisable to use the name of the company followed by the year "Company-2020." to distinguish it from other accounting files.
- You can keep as many accountings as you need, each one will have its own name.
- You can select the path and the media (save to disk, Usb key or cloud).
If you plan to have documents linked to the accounting of the current year as well, it is suggested to create a separate directory for each accounting year, where to group all the files.
Inserting the opening balance of the account
Enter the account you wish to manage in the Accounts table of the Cash Manager and the initial amount in the Opening column. At the start of a new year, activating the Create a new year ... command in the Actions menu will automatically generate the opening balances to be carried over.
Only one account can be entered.
Customizing the Categories table
In the Categories table, customize the income and expense categories, according to your own needs. It is possible to:
- change the category numbers
- change the description
- delete categories
- add categories
- insert subgroups
- delete subgroups
All balances of the categories will determine the result of the accounting year (profit or loss) and must therefore not contain any balances at the start of the year.
Add new categories
If new categories need to be added in an already existing group, proceed as follows:
- Insert an empty row (Edit menu, Insert rows ) before the Total of the Group
- Insert the number or code for the category in the Category column
- Insert the description that identifies the category
- Insert the identical Gr of the other categories belonging to the Group Total in the Gr column.
To add new subgroups, proceed as follows:
- Insert an empty row (Edit menu, Insert rows ... command) where you wish to add a new subgroup
- Insert a number or code in the last empty row of the Group column (in our example 31 - Other income)
- Insert the description that identifies the new subgroup
- Insert the Group Totaling number in the Sum in column (in our example 3 - Total sales).
Delete categories or subgroups
Select the categories or subgroups you wish to delete and proceed in the Edit menu, Delete rows ... command to eliminate.
In the Transactions table, income and expense transactions are entered, indicating the category to which the income or expense is attributed.
Speeding up the recording of the transactions
In order to speed up the recording of your transactions, you can use:
- the Smart fill function that allows the automatic auto-complete of data that have already been entered at an earlier date.
- the Recurring transactions function (Actions menu), used to memorize recurring transactions into a separate table.
- import of your bank or postal account statement.
Transactions with VAT
In order to enter transactions with VAT please proceed as follows:
- from the File menu, choose New command and choose Income /Expenses accounting - Cash Manager with VAT/Sales tax
- Choose one of the existing templates for your nation. In order to enter transactions with VAT, please refer to the Transactions page.
The Category or Group card
The Category or Group card allows you to have a complete list of accounting entries relating to the same category or group.
- To open an category or group card you click once on the account number cell and then click once on the small blue arrow appearing in the upper right corner of the cell.
- To open multiple category or group cards you must select the Account cards command from Reports menu.
- To update the category or group cards, following changes in the Transactions table, you must click on the two circular arrows symbol, located at the top right corner of the account card.
Account cards per period
To open an category cards with account balances referring to a predefined period, click on the Reports menu, Account/Category cards ...command and click Period selected in the Period tab to insert your selected period.
Consult the Period page for further information.
Print the Category card
To print a Category card, open it from any table (Accounts or Transactions) and start printing from the File menu.
To print out several or all the Account/category cards, click Reports menu, select Account/category cards and select the accounts/categories you wish to print. The filter in the window allows you to select automatic selection of all categories, cost centers, segments, groups etc ...
For further information refer to the Account Cards page.
To view the Enhanced Statement and the Enhanced Statement with groups, choose the Reports menu and then the Enhanced statement or Enhanced statement with groups command. You can also obtain statements by period.
- The Enhanced statement displays all accounts and categories without any subgroups
- The Enhanced statement with groups displays all accounts and categories also with subgroups
Archive data in PDF format
At the end of the year, when the accounting is done, corrected and revised, you can store all accounting data with the Create Pdf dossier command from the File menu.
Before starting your accounting year, you can create a budget with your assumed expenses and revenue, in order to have control over the financial and economic situation of your company.
The budget can be set in two different ways:
- From the Budget column of the Categories table. For each account the yearly budget is indicated.
In this case, when you process the Budget from the Reports menu, Enhanced statement with groups command, the Budget column shows the amounts that relate to the entire year.
- From the Budget table, that you need to manually activate using the Add new functionalities → Add Budget table command from the Tools menu.
In this table all estimates are entered as budget transactions, either income or expenses. If you activate this table, the Budget column of the Accounts table is automatically deactivated.
In the Budget table you can setup a detailed budget that takes into account possible variations during the year and in different periods of the year.