What's the difference between these sometimes confusing accounting terms?
- Assets are things of value that your business owns. An asset can be something tangible like cash, a building or piece of equipment; or something intangible like intellectual property or goodwill.
- Income is revenue that your business earns. This can be operating revenue from the goods or services that your business sells, or passive revenue from things like investments.
- Expenses are the outflow of funds from your business to pay for goods and services that your business uses.
- Liabilities are simply amounts that your business owes to other parties. These can be simple bank debts, or other things like unpaid expenses.
- Equity is the difference between your assets and liabilities, and measures the net worth of your business.