Posts in Business Finances
How to do your own bookkeeping

I’ve had a lot of folks asking recently how, exactly, to do their own bookkeeping. It seems so overwhelming! There are a lot of systems out there, there’s a lot of fear of screwing it up, and, well...you’re not a bookkeeper! How are you supposed to know what to do?

For whatever reason, you’ve decided that it’s not time to hire a bookkeeper (yet). Maybe your business is too new, too small, money’s too tight, or you want to make sure you understand how things work so you can oversee a contractor. All good reasons!

And yet - what does DIY bookkeeping even mean?

 

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How to get your business ready for tax season

If you’ve been working hard on your business, planning next year’s goals, brainstorming your content, and figuring out how much time you can take off for the holidays and then BAM realized you need to deal with getting your business’s books ready for your tax accountant - you’re not alone! 

It can be very overwhelming to think about what, exactly, you need to do to get your tax documents ready, so I’ve written this guide for you. 

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How to know if it's time to hire a bookkeeper

Today we’re talking about bookkeeping. You know, the day-in, day-out slog to keep your business expenses and income carefully tracked, to the penny, with at least some categorization into what sort of deductible business expense it is related to.

At some point, you’ve surely asked yourself - is it time to hire someone to do this for me?

The answer is...maybe.

There are some people who it absolutely makes sense to hire a bookkeeper for, some people it makes absolutely no sense to hire a bookkeeper for, and some in between. If you’re not sure where you fall - read on.

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Bookkeepers, CPAs, and CFOs, Oh My!

You’re a business owner, freelancer or side-hustler. You take this stuff seriously - you’ve got a website, you’ve got a business name picked out, you’ve got business cards. You’ve got customers and a marketing plan (though “plan” may feel like a fancy word for what you’ve got, but there you go). You’ve got clients, and you’re making money. You might even be established enough to be making good money by now.

Which means, I’m afraid, it’s time to talk about your money. Wait, don’t go screaming for the hills just yet!

If you’re thinking about getting some help with your money, you’re probably wondering where to start. Do you need a bookkeeper? An accountant? Both? Someone else entirely?

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Should you use You Need a Budget (YNAB) in your business?

Do you have a business? A side hustle? A freelance gig?

How are you handling your money in your business? And yes, if you have a side hustle or a freelance gig, you have a business.

Ugh, you know what that means. Taxes! Bookkeeping! Headaches!


What if I told you that there was a simple tool that never gets talked about in business-finance-tool roundups, but which does a lot of the most important things those other tools do, is less expensive, easier to use, and which also helps you with really important things you’re not even thinking about (but really should be)?

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How to Budget Like a Boss When You're Self-Employed

You’ve heard about budgeting. When you go down the rabbit hole of the internet trying to figure out how to get a handle on where your money is all going, you keep hearing, “get a budget!” or “try this software!” which, when you have a variable income, is like telling someone with a gushing head wound “have you thought about a bandage?”

 

Not helpful.

What if there was a way to budget your money that worked great for variable incomes?

There is - it’s called zero based budgeting. It’s a different system than what most budgeting systems are, which is why it works so much better for this instance. Whether you’re a freelancer, working a steady job with a side hustle, in a commission based job, or are a business owner - you can budget in a way that actually works.

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