## Inventory Accounting

Inventory Accounting

Inventory always seemed like a huge undertaking for me, but  learning about it actually became very straightforward and easy to understand.

I First started with the inventory I had on hand.  No matter when I sell my product, the value of my inventory will remain constant based on different methods of inventory accounting.

Those methods are:

Weighted average

First in/First out

Last in/Last out

Weighted average – calculated the total cost of items in inventory that are available for sale divided by the total number of units available for sale.  I always do this calculation at the end of my accounting period.

For example:

Seventy five pairs of shoes @ \$20 each  = \$1,500

Thirty seven pairs of shoes @ \$10 each = \$  370

Total number of shoes  = 112

Average shoe cost = \$1870 / 112 = \$16.69

\$16.69 is the average cost for each pair of shoes.

First in/First out – I was confused on this method until an accounting friend of mine explained it.  FIFO is the abbreviation used in the accounting world.  So, first in/ first out means that the first pair of shoes I put into inventory will the first ones sold.  This is based on the principle that most businesses tend to sell the first set of goods that come into inventory.

Example: suppose I purchase five pair of shoes @ \$10 a piece on March 17 and purchased another five @ \$20 a piece on march 20.  I then sold the first pairs of shoes on March 30.  Using FIFO  method, the five shoes I purchase @ \$10 would be sold first.  This left me with the five shoes purchased for \$20 and now my inventory value reads \$100.

Last in / First out -  This method is referred to as LIFO.  This method is based on the assumption that the most recent units purchased will be the first ones sold.  The advantage of last in/first out accounting is that typically the last shoes purchased were at the highest price and that by considering the highest priced items to be sold first, a business is able to reduce its short-term profit, and hence, taxes.

Example:  suppose I purchased five shoes @ \$10 a piece on March 10 and five more @ \$20 a piece on March 15.  I then sell five shoes on April 12.  The value of my inventory, using LIFO, would be \$50, since the most recent pair of shoes purchased at a total value of \$100 on March 10 and were sold on April 12.  I was left with the five pairs of shoes valued at \$10 each.

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## Need Corporate Capital? Take Your Company Public

by James Scott

Most companies who are on the venture capital trail are not set up properly to attract investors. When an investor looks at your business plan and private placement memorandum they are looking for certain things. Of course funding sources look for the obvious, a solid business model, positive cash flow, industry genre with solid future growth, recession proof business (if there even is such a thing) and minimal debt.

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## Collar Pins – Creative And Effective Corporate Gifts

by Myra Price

A corporate gift is an essential tool for building permanent relationships with clients and employees. It plays a multi-purpose role in an organization and that is the reason why it is so important to choose the right gift.

Collar Pins, by virtue of their variety in terms of colour and design, apart from being appealing, fit the bill perfectly. New design technologies in collar pins further add to the versatility of these pins as they can even have a company’s name engraved on them. They can also sport the company’s tagline and can be casted during manufacture to resemble a specific product.

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