Set the Opening Balance

Opening balances are crucial to accurate accounting in DoorLoop.

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Overview

In DoorLoop, the start of your accounting period is your accounting start date. Your account opening balances on the accounting start date summarize everything before this period.

What is the opening balance?

The opening balance is the amount of money in an account at the start of a new accounting period. It is essentially the first entry in the accounts, either when a company is first set up or at the beginning of a new financial period. (For example, the amount of money in a bank account when it is opened.)

As you record all transactions in DoorLoop going forward, they add to or subtract from the opening balance. If you’ve entered your opening balance and all transactions correctly, the resulting DoorLoop Balance will match your real-world bank balance.

The Steps

Setting up your opening balance

If you have advanced accounting knowledge, you can create opening balances for any account using journal entries. However, we recommend setting opening balances when you create bank accounts so DoorLoop can handle the journal entries for you.

  1. To set up your Opening Balances, click Accounting on the main menu and then click Banking.

  2. For a bank that doesn't have the Opening Balance set, you can use the "Set Opening Balance" link on the bank account that needs one.

  3. This takes you to the Opening Balances section of your Bank Account. Choose an Accounting Start Date. The accounting start date is the date when you will start tracking transactions in DoorLoop for this account.

  4. Enter the Account Balance from your actual bank account at the end of the day before your accounting start date. For example, if your accounting start date is January 1, enter the bank account balance at the end of December 31.

  5. Enter the breakdown of this bank account balance by property. Select the Property from the drop-down menu and enter that property’s share of the opening balance in the Balance field.

    Setting balances by property is necessary because we need to know which property balance sheets should reflect the bank account opening balance.

    Use the + Add Another Property link to add more properties.

    If you need help setting your opening balances for each property, please refer to the article: Opening Balance Wizard - How to Set Your Opening Balances

  6. Click Save when you are finished.

If you find that you need to change an opening balance later, follow these instructions.

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