Everybody knows what accounting is:
Accounting [uh-koun-ting] (noun)
The theory and system of setting up, maintaining, and auditing the books of a firm; art of analyzing the financial position and operating results of a business house from a study of its sales, purchases, overhead, etc.
But what is “preaccounting”? Not everybody is as familiar with this newer concept, so I’ll go ahead and define “preaccounting” as:
Preaccounting [pri–uh-koun-ting] (noun)
The system through which financial data is gathered, coded, aggregated, and normalized so as to enable accounting to occur; accounting processes executed by non-accountants, including expense management, time tracking, etc.
In layman’s terms, preaccounting is the super boring, tedious work that nobody wants to do, but that absolutely needs to be done before the truly valuable accounting work can begin. Unlike accounting, which is clearly the job of accountants, preaccounting is nobody’s job. Continue Reading…