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Cheat Sheet – Accounting for Common Business Transactions

While a business conducts a variety of transactions on a daily basis, there are a few transactions that you will come across quite often. This cheat sheet provides a list of such common transactions in a business along with their accounting treatment.

Transaction Account 1 (Dr.) Account 2 (Cr.)
Receiving advance from the client Asset – Cash Liability – Unearned Revenue 
Raising invoice to the client Asset – Accounts Receivable Income (Increase in Capital) 
Buying assets on cash Asset (Specific category) Asset – Cash 
Receiving a bill (a bill due) Expense (Specific category) Liability – Accounts Payable 
Paying the bill Liability – Accounts Payable Asset – Cash (If paid by cash) 

Asset – Checking A/c (If paid by check)


Buying office supplies Expense (Specific category) Asset – Cash (If paid by cash) 

Asset – Checking A/c (If paid by check)


Receiving payment from the client Asset – Cash (If cash received) 

Asset – Checking A/c (If check received)


Asset – Accounts Receivable


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