Q: What percentage of my work time do you recommend I spend on accounting?
A: It depends. Here’s a few basic things to keep in mind when you’re setting aside time for bookkeeping and taxes.
1.Do you have a system in place? Right now, take stock in the methods you have for financial record keeping. Do you have a place for receipts? A spreadsheet to track expenses? Have you found answers to any burning questions like whether or not you can deduct an expense or have to report product you received from a company? And most importantly, are these methods organized and up to date? It doesn’t count if you have a system that you don’t use or that isn’t efficient.
If you’re up to your knees in unrecorded receipts or you dread the idea of sitting down and entering numbers on a spreadsheet – it may be time to consider hiring an accountant to provide bookkeeping and tax services. Peace of mind is worth the cost.
2. Hiring an expert may actually cost you less than doing it yourself. It seems like a huge up front cost to hire an accountant, but what if it provided you with more time to work? You might actually be able to make more money if you delegate it to someone who knows the ins and outs. And the icing on the cake will be when that expert gets you a larger return than if you had done it yourself.
3. If you have a system in place, but still wonder if you’re spending too much time with the books and not enough time building your blog or business, you might also want to consider hiring an expert. Check out our plans & prices as well as a comparison chart of Mazuma vs. tax accounting software (scroll down to the bottom of the page). You’ll be surprised at how much expert help you can get for your dollar.
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Ben Sutton is the founder of Mazuma USA, an accounting firm providing tax, bookkeeping and payroll services to small businesses. Since founding Mazuma, Ben has established himself as an expert in the small business world. He’s still driven by that same desire to provide accounting help to all small businesses – from photographers, bloggers and creatives to lawyers, doctors, and dentists, everyone needs affordable accounting help. Ben is a Certified Public Accountant, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. But Ben considers his greatest achievement and credential to be his happy wife and four children.