Right before I came up with the idea of Blisskeeping, I was playing with the idea of becoming a bookkeeper (and eventually a CPA). I actually enjoy going through my finances each week and seeing how it all adds up.
Also, my accounting prof in college told me I should be an accountant – to which I replied, “that’s nice, but I’m going to New York to be a professional dancer.” And that I did, but that was many years ago…
Still, this idea of putting order into the financial side of business seemed like a good way to help creatives work out something that can really feel stressful. Playing with this idea is actually how I came up with the name Blisskeeping – bookkeeping, but blissful.
But as you may have experienced, once you put a name to something it can quickly evolve to encompass much more than you originally intended. I realized that as I had spent oodles of time researching all things business I came to know of so many resources out there available to entrepreneurs. This was truly a gift of mine that I knew I had to share and is one of the cornerstones of this site.
As far as all that energy I spent considering the accounting route, I found quite a few awesome software, services, and other resources to help you get your biz numbers all straightened out.
Think about this…
While you may start off keeping your financial data on an excel spreadsheet + only hire a CPA if you *absolutely* need one to prep your taxes for the IRS, you’ll need to step things up if you really expect your business to grow (and you should!).
The truth is there is nothing to be scared of when it comes to tracking your revenue + expenses (Tweet it!) and making sure everything is secure when tax time comes – if you have the right support.
There is software to help with managing your books, collecting your receipts + expense data, and sending out invoices to your clients. You can hire a bookkeeper to take care of all the nitty-gritty details and make sure everything is up to snuff.
And a good CPA does more than take care of your tax records. They can help you analyze what’s really going on on the finance side of your biz so that you can figure out how to reduce expenses & increase profits.
Beyond that, you could hire someone to help you strategize your long-term goals. This is where CFO’s come in on the corporate side of the world. But, before you jump into that its best to start with the basics.
This is where my research obsession comes in handy.
Introducing the first batch of resources*, all about accounting. Click this image to access them:
ACCESS ACCOUTING RESOURCES
Then come back here and share the following with us in the comments:
- Your biggest frustration with bookkeeping/accounting
- Your favorite accounting resource
p.s. If you need some help figuring out which resource to start with first enter your info below and you’ll get a copy of the Business Bliss Resource Guide – free of charge!
*Just to be clear – I’m not an affiliate of any of these services. They are a collection of what I view as the best in the industry for creative entrepreneurs, some of which I’ve personally used. It’s up to you to review them for yourself.